by AquaBlu Mosaics

Choosing the right tiles for your swimming pool is essential. After all, your pool tiles are a reflection of your taste and style, and they will be the centerpiece of the entire project. But there are so many considerations, both aesthetic and practical, that it can have your head swimming long before work on the pool has even begun!

Here are a few things to keep in mind while you’re looking for those perfect pool tiles. They might help you find tiles that are not only gorgeous but will last for years to come:

Start by setting a budget

Budgets are a great place to start, but they aren’t as easy as they sound. As you start your search for the perfect pool tile, you might be tempted to look for tiles that fit into your current budget. While this is only natural, you need to remind yourself that the true cost is spread over their entire life of the pool tile. Stretching your budget for the best quality tiles up front will likely end up being more economical with the extended life you’ll get from them.

Choose your material

Swimming pool tiles are available in three basic materials: porcelain, glass, or stone. Here’s a short review of each:

  • Porcelain is a tough material that resists stains and scratches. It does not absorb heat, so porcelain tiles work well for paving around the pool deck. Keep in mind that these tiles require a bit more labor to install.
  • Glass pool tile is non-porous and durable, so it’s a good choice for the pool lining material. Glass will hold down your costs for maintenance and repairs, and it lasts a long time. The material is more expensive, so expect higher costs upfront.
  • Stone has a beautiful, natural look and it is slip-resistant. But it is less resistant to stains and scratches, and it’s porous, which means it must be sealed to keep out moisture. It’s also the most expensive choice.

Pick out your design

When you’re deciding on a design, you need to sharpen your focus. There is so much from which to choose in sizes, shapes, colors, and price range that you’ll need to narrow it down. Just in shapes alone, you could have the option of hexagonal, rectangular, square, oval, pebble, and hourglass. And after that, you’ll be choosing from every color of the rainbow, and many that aren’t even in it.

Of course, there’s a chance you’ll already have a good idea of what you want going into the project. If that’s the case, choosing your material and design will not be such a daunting task. But if you are having trouble deciding on the perfect tile, remember this: You don’t have to make these decisions on your own!

Let the experts at AquaBlu Mosaics help you! Picking the tiles for your swimming pool can be confusing—sometimes intimidating. If you have questions about materials, colors, or designs, give us a call at (800) 971-1442 or fill out our contact form. You can also visit our website at

Maybe you would like to create your own one-of-a-kind work of art. If you can imagine it, we can help you design and produce it. Either way, we look forward to hearing from you!