Pool Tiles

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If you own a swimming pool, have you ever thought about how to make it look better, but you can't put your finger on what it is you need to do? Chances are it's just a matter or adding or replacing some of the pool tiles. There are a lot of advantages to adding pool tiles. You can apply pool tiles inside the pool or around it and make your pool the envy of the neighborhood.

Swimming pool tiles are used primarily as an added layer over the liner of the pool to help prevent leaks. So instead of just an aesthetic touch, they also serve a useful purpose and can add years to the life of your pool. Swimming pool tiles can be either ceramic pool tiles or mosaic pool tiles, but they are usually made from linoleum or plaster. They are relatively inexpensive and widely available. Additionally, they don't require a lot of cleaning or maintenance.

Over time, there is the possibility that some of the pool tiles may loosen up and fall off. Sometimes, that's the result of the mortar originally used to set the tile – it will eventually fail. Other times, a crack develops behind the tile due to settling, and that will cause the tile to become dislodged. Before you go to repairing those tiles, find out why fell off. Once you have that figured out, then you can proceed to repair and replace the tiles properly.

Drain the pool below the tile line first. Once you have identified the problem area, the next thing that you want to do is to start chipping out the tile and grout. The area needs to be clean and smooth. You'll want to use a hammer and chisel to do the chipping, and then smooth everything off with a file. Let the area dry for two or three days before continuing with the repair job.

Once the area is thoroughly dry, the glue and the grout will be more effective in holding the new tiles in place. If there are any base cracks, now is the time to fill them. Apply the marine adhesive with a putty knife in a thin layer. Press the tiles in and allow them to set according to the instructions on the adhesive container. Fill any remaining cracks with epoxy grout or marine caulking. If grout is being used, there is the possibility that some may fall into the pool, so it's a good idea to have someone there to help you and catch any grout that falls.

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