Pool design: Swimming pool waterline and step marker tiles

What are waterline tiles for?

If you're planning to install a pool on your property, it pays to understand the role of swimming pool waterline and step marker tiles. While primarily functional, these tiles are also a great opportunity to incorporate unique design elements into your pool.

Let's examine these types of swimming pool tile and what you'll need to consider when selecting waterline tiles.

What are swimming pool waterline and step marker tiles?

Waterline tiles serve both an aesthetic and practical purpose. These are the tiles that line the surface of the pool's water, and often extend to the edge of the pool coping.

In terms of function, a waterline tiles protect the sides of your pool from scaly calcium deposits. Sunscreen, pollens and other contaminants can build up around the waterline over time and consequently impact the appearance and hygiene of your pool. The right waterline tiles make it significantly easier to remove this build-up, helping you keep up with pool maintenance.

Visually, waterline tiles can be used to change, contrast or complement the colour of the pool or its surrounds. There's a lot that can be achieved with waterline tiles, making them a crucial element of pool design, although they may tend to be easily overlooked.

Step marker tiles serve to help your family and guests stay safe in the water. These are contrasting tiles which indicate where the edges of steps, swim-outs and benches lie. This can help people find steps as they're walking and also highlight the depth of water as swimmers enter or leave the pool.

Design considerations for your pool's waterline

There are a number of great effects that can be achieved with natural stone tiles around the waterline of your pool. Here are just a few excellent waterline tile styles to consider:

1. Choose a contrasting darker stone

In the above photo you can see a beautiful moody lavastone has been selected to contrast the gorgeous green sukabumi pool floor. The effect is undeniable drama. Lavastone is bold and evocative, creating a feel of intimacy that lures you into the pool's pure waters.

Against the pool's lining tiles, the lavastone is a perfect frame and highlights the unique beauty of green sukabumi.

2. Choose a waterline tile that blends

Our clients quite often choose to line their whole pool with green sukabumi tiles, including the waterline and coping. This really embraces the organic essence of natural stone and allows the waterline tiles to further colour the water.

When using green sukabumi tiles, you'll find the floor of your pool comes alive with a stunning variety of shades of green and this is only enhanced when using the natural stone on your waterline. Remember that green sukabumi must be very well sealed when used on the waterline and the right adhesive must be used to ensure its longevity.

3. Match your waterline tiles to your coping

Here we see a unique combination of green sukabumi splitface and honed tiles. The rough textured splitface tiles are using on the waterline and the coping, making the pool feel as though it were one contiguous piece of stone. Meanwhile, the pool interior is smooth for underfoot comfort.

By matching the waterline tiles to the coping, the wild feeling of the stone is properly celebrated.

Design considerations for swimming pool step markers

Most designers will advise you use the same tile for your step markers as your waterline. This helps you make a more cohesive pool design and reduces the risk of overcomplicating installation and procurement.

You might also choose not to include step markers as they can reduce the immersive feeling of natural stone tiles if not chosen carefully.

For more information about the right natural stone tiles for your waterline and step markers, reach out to BauMart Natural Stone today.