If you’re intending to spruce up an outdoor space with pool tiles, installing them in the right way is integral to their function, safety, and aesthetic appeal. Refer to the following pointers to make sure that you can harness the full enjoyment from your domestic pool tiles or commercial pool tiles.
Your choice of tiles dictates the specific installation steps you need to follow. Ceramic tiles, for instance, may require individual setting, while glass mosaic tiles can be bonded to a paper facing or an open-weave mesh to create one sheet. In addition, your specific tiles factor directly into the type of preventive and reactive maintenance that your home or facility needs to adhere to post-installation to maintain upkeep and functionality. Some types of tiles can weaken prematurely over time because of exposure to water, while others are designed for long-lasting performance under harsh conditions.
The concrete pools need to be cleaned and leveled properly prior to proper installation. Wash down the floors and walls with a pressure washer to remove any grime, dirt, or residual pool chemicals. This will not only prepare the pool for tile setting, it will also make sure secure bonding of the tiles to the mortar.
Additionally, repair any cracks or other signs of damage before setting the tiles. Then apply a waterproofing membrane to the pool for added protection to the tiles. When it has cured, installation can begin.
For ceramic tiles, setting is a fairly straightforward process. Lay out the tiles according to your desired look, and then spread the mortar along the walls and floor at a uniform depth. When it’s time to set the tiles, place them at a slight angle and twist them into place. You can also use spacers if you need to, which can help maintain grout joints. And then you place a beating block over a couple of tiles, and drive the tiles into the mortar with a rubber mallet. Grouting happens after at least 24 hours of allowing the mortar to cure.
For glass mosaic tiles, setting requires the use of polymer modified mortars, or one that is specifically designed for compatibility with this type of tile. And then to minimise the appearance of the ridges underneath the tiles, make sure to flatten the mortar ridges with the flat side of a trowel before setting. If there is excess setting material, clean it out as soon as you can to prevent it from sticking to the tiles.