Choosing the Perfect Tile for Your Outside Pool

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Lundhs Blue® tiled pool - photo by Morten Rakke

Choosing the Perfect Tile for Your Outside Pool

Selecting the right tile for your outside pool is a critical decision beyond aesthetics. The tile choice can influence the pool's longevity, maintenance needs, and safety. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you make an informed decision.

Lundhs Blue® tiled pool - photo by Morten Rakke
Lundhs Blue® tiled pool - photo by Morten Rakke

Durability and Material
Durability is paramount when choosing pool tiles. Pool tiles are constantly exposed to the elements and chemicals, and they need to withstand both. The most popular materials include porcelain, glass, and natural stone, each with unique advantages.
  • Porcelain Tiles: Known for their strength and low water absorption rate, porcelain tiles are an excellent choice for pool areas. They are resistant to cracks, scratches, and weather changes, making them durable.
  • Glass Tiles: These tiles provide a luxurious and vibrant appearance. They are impervious to water, which makes them resistant to stains and algae. Plus, they reflect light beautifully, adding a shimmering effect to the pool.
  • Natural Stone Tiles: Offering a more organic look, stones like travertine and slate can create a serene and natural ambiance. However, they require more maintenance and sealing to prevent damage from pool chemicals and weather conditions. Because of this, we recommend opting for Lundhs Real Stone® when looking for a more natural pool tilng option due to its low-maintenance features.

Lundhs Blue® tiled pool - photo by Morten Rakke
Lundhs Blue® tiled pool - photo by Morten Rakke
Safety Considerations

Safety should be a primary concern when selecting pool tiles. Slippery surfaces can be hazardous, especially around pools with a heightened risk of slipping. Therefore, choosing tiles with a textured or anti-slip finish is essential to ensure the surface remains safe when wet.
  • Anti-Slip Ratings: Check the slip resistance rating of the tile, usually denoted by an 'R' value. The higher the number, the more slip-resistant the tile will be.
  • Textured Finishes: Tiles with a rougher, textured finish provide better grip underfoot, reducing the chance of accidents.

Aesthetic Appeal

While durability and safety are crucial, your pool's visual appeal is also important. The tile's color, design, and overall look should complement your outdoor space and personal style.
  • Color Choices: Lighter colors, such as blues and whites, can give the pool a refreshing and clean look, while darker colors, like greens and blacks, can create a more dramatic and sophisticated vibe.
  • Pattern and Design: From classic geometric patterns to natural stone textures, the design of the tile can significantly impact the pool's appearance. Consider choosing a pattern that ties in with the overall theme of your outdoor area.


The ease of maintenance is another critical factor. Tiles that are easy to clean and maintain will save you time and effort in the long run. 
  • Porcelain: Requires minimal maintenance due to its low porosity.
  • Glass: Also easy to clean but can show water spots more noticeably.
  • Natural Stone: Depending on the type/variation, it may need regular sealing and cleaning to maintain its appearance and durability.
Lundhs Blue® tiled pool - photo by Morten Rakke
Lundhs Blue® tiled pool - photo by Morten Rakke

Choosing the perfect tile for your outside pool involves balancing aesthetics, durability, safety, and maintenance. Considering these factors carefully, you can create a stunning and safe pool area that will stand the test of time. Whether you opt for the classic appeal of natural stone, the vibrant sheen of glass, or the robust reliability of porcelain, the right tile will help you craft your ideal poolside paradise.