Currently, the pool is an important and integral attribute not only of specialized fitness and sports centers, but also of most hotels, and even country cottages, and these can be both outdoor and indoor ponds. In addition, now it is difficult to imagine a country house even of the middle class without a small fountain or water composition in front of the house. A person has always been attracted by the water element, because this is a great way not only to fully relax, but also to decorate his living space at its true worth, emphasizing his respectability and good taste.
In the decoration of such artificial reservoirs, special swimming pool tiles are used , which provide not only an excellent view, but also impeccable characteristics of the structure. Moreover, such tiles are used for modern design of saunas and baths, shower areas in sports centers, hotels and other similar establishments.
The requirements for pool ceramics are somewhat higher and stricter than for facing tiles. It should not only satisfy aesthetic needs, but also be as comfortable to use as possible. And the most important quality characteristic of tiles for swimming pools is the minimum, almost zero, water absorption. If you did not take this factor into account when designing your water body, and the tile still absorbs water, the material will have to be completely changed.
A quality pool tile can withstand the enormous pressure exerted by the water in the pool bowl. Moreover, it is on this characteristic that you should pay special attention, because your safe use of the pool, as well as the overall service life, depends on the quality.
Swimming pool tiles should withstand the effects of water and microorganisms in it without any problems. There should be practically no pores and voids in it, where water can get and, making the tile brittle and brittle. Also, microorganisms can multiply in the pores, which also destroy the tile from the inside. In addition, it does not look aesthetically pleasing or hygienic.
In addition, pool tiles should have a perfectly flat, smooth surface so that cleaning and maintenance of the pool is as simple and convenient as possible. This fact will save you both money and time.
At the same time, the most important condition for creating and maintaining comfortable conditions for staying in the pool is the ventilation system. Supply ventilation of the pool will provide circulation and supply of fresh air, preventing the appearance of mold and unpleasant odors.
Types of Swimming Pool Tiles
With the modern variety of manufacturers and collections of ceramic tiles, experts distinguish several of its types. First, the tiles can be designed for outdoor pools and indoor pools. Tiles also differ in purpose: for steps, for walls, for floors, around the pool, and many other types.
The manufacturers of all pool tiles around the world are trying to adhere to European standards, according to which tiles must have an anti-slip effect. From here comes the division into three classes:
- A-class tiles are intended for finishing dressing rooms and utility rooms.
- B-grade tiles are suitable for finishing the bottom of the pool bowl, the area around the pool and shower areas
- C-class tiles are designed for direct decoration of stairs-descents into the water.
Typically, global manufacturers produce two types of pool tiles: with a “soft” rough surface structure, as well as the so-called “porcelain”. In addition, in the collections you can find samples with a smooth or embossed semi-matt surface, as well as with a 100% anti-slip effect.
The most common type of ceramic is a special mosaic, which looks very impressive in the design of pools, it is usually used to decorate the walls and the bottom of the pool bowl. Experts advise using tiles called “glazed clinker” for the pool, which have a water absorption of only about 3 percent. These tiles are used for finishing Olympic-grade swimming pools.
In addition, modern porcelain stoneware mosaics have zero water absorption, which means they are not affected by water, microorganisms or active substances. In addition, many manufacturers offer photo tiles for swimming pool tiles: it not only fully meets the requirements, but also opens up huge opportunities for designers.