How to choose the best tiles for your swimming pool

Green sukabumi is an excellent choice for swimming pool coping.

Perhaps the most important decision to make when you're building a swimming pool is what you'll use for coping.

There's no shortage of options – from natural stone tiles to porcelain and concrete. If you choose a weak or inferior material, however, you simply won't get the most out of your investment. Here's how to go about selecting the perfect tiles for your swimming pool. 

Think critically about maintenance

While aesthetics are a big part of designing and building a swimming pool, it's equally essential to think about the amount of care and maintenance certain materials will require. 

Even if your swimming pool looks great, it will quickly become a hassle if you're constantly doing costly repairs. Before you purchase tiles, ask about how to clean them as well as what issues owners could run into.

Ensure you choose durable coping, such a natural stone tiles. Green sukabumi stone is a great choice in terms of maintenance because it possesses a number of properties, including:

  • Slip resistance,
  • High density,
  • High abrasion rate, 
  • Low absorption rate,
  • Thermal stability. 

All swimming pool coping will develop a level of build-up over time, so make sure you inquire about what cleaning products can be used safely. 

You won't get much use out of your swimming pool if it's constantly under repair. You won't get much use out of your swimming pool if it's constantly under repair.

Ask for samples

Even if you think you have your mind made up, ask your natural stone supplier for samples to bring home with you. This is such an important step, because you want to make sure you like the way the tile looks outside in natural light. Tiles should also blend well with the environment around them, so take the tiles outside, lay them on the ground and make sure you like the way everything looks together. 

Taking home samples also gives you a chance to think a bit more about your decision and ask family members for their opinions. 

Make sure your swimming pool tiles blend well with their environment. Make sure your swimming pool tiles blend well with their environment.

Make safety a priority

Naturally, your swimming pool and the surrounding area is going to be wet most all of the time. Safety, therefore, needs to be one of your top considerations when choosing tiles.

Go with a tile that is slip resistant and offers a strong grip on your foot.

Go with a tile that is slip resistant and offers a strong grip on your foot. This will help prevent poolside accidents, particularly if you have young children. If your pool area gets a lot of sun, you'll also want to choose a product that doesn't get too hot. Again, green sukabumi is an excellent option as it's very thermally stable. 

Still need more advice on choosing the best tiles? Reach out to the team at BauMart Natural Stone. In addition to being one of Australia's leading importers of green sukabumi, we also have a number of other stone products that are ideal for your garden oasis.