FAQ

Why Use Tiles?

Lining a pool with tiles has long been regarded as the premium finish due to their appearance, silky smoothness and superior durability. Fully tiled pools are the easiest to maintain and have the most positive effect on house resale values. We use a complete Mapei system which is fully guaranteed by our supplier, this includes Glues, Grouts, additives and if waterproofing or membrane is required.

What Tiles Should I use?

Sanza Tiles can supply all types of glass, ceramic or porcelain tiles that exceed all international standards to ensure your project lasts for many years looking like the first day it was completed.

What type of glue do we use?

Sanza Tiles uses a complete mapei system which ensures we can guarantee our workmanship. We use glues, grouts, waterproofing and membrane systems that are guaranteed and backed by our supplier.

Can you see the grout lines more obviously with 20mm mosaics?

Whilst there are more grout lines, you don’t notice them as much as you do with larger tiles. Think of check shirts – you see large checks far easier than small checks.

Do I really need waterline tiles at all?

If you are not fully tiling you don’t absolutely need to have waterline tiles. However, you would be hard pressed to find a pool builder who hasn’t got tiles on their waterline. If you don’t have waterline tiles, the surface above the water often looks chalky, faded and unclean. Tiles protect the waterline from the sun and facilitate easy cleaning.

Should I tile the benches and seats of my pool?

People often do tile the benches and/or seats within their pool because it protects swimwear from being pulled by sharp pebbles. Plus tiled benches and seats look great!

How will tiles affect water colour?

The water colour you see is due to the interior’s colour plus reflections of the sky, surrounds and waterline colours. So you can make your pool’s water appear darker blue by picking a dark blue tile. With fully tiled pools, the final water colour will be slightly darker and bluer than the actual tile. We can provide assistance to help you achieve the end result you’re looking for.

Do I need step markers?

Step markers are used to indicate the edges of steps, swim outs and benches. They are also a safety feature as they help to highlight the depth of the water to bathers when entering or leaving the pool. It is up to you whether you use them or not.

Can I use tiles on a feature wall?

Tiles are ideal for use on feature walls. You can either tile the entire wall or render the wall and use tiles as highlights.

Are the tiles suitable for use in salt pools?

Yes.

What is the depth of a waterline tile band?

Anything from 180 mm to 330 mm. The most common depth of a patterned waterline is around 200 mm. The most common depth for plain ceramic and glass mosaics is 300mm. This is because most plain mosaics are sold in sheets 300mm square.

Care Section - Mosaic Tiles

Maintaining correct water chemistry is essential to maximize the life of your pool interior. A quick internet search will show you that water can be corrosive, balanced or scale forming. Obviously your goal is to maintain a pool in which your water is balanced.

Corrosive water i.e. low pH, low calcium hardness or low TA or a combination of these factors will reduce the strength of the grout and tile adhesive which may cause them to fail. Corrosive water also affects pebble or renders pools so regardless of which interior surface you do, it is important to maintain correct water chemistry as damage caused by corrosive water can be very expensive to rectify.

Leaving the pool water with a high pH or high calcium hardness or high TA or a combination of these factors can mean that a calcium scale can deposit over the pool interior surface and internal pool fittings.

Can I empty my pool?

It is not a good idea to leave a concrete pool with an interior finish empty for lengthy periods i.e. over 3 days as this may expose it to significant temperature variations for which the tile adhesive and grout may not be designed.

Care Section - Natural Stone How do I maximize the longevity of my natural stone pool coping and surround tiles?

There are many ways you can maximize the longevity of natural stone. The aggressive environment of a swimming pool requires some special attention and consideration:

  1. Natural stone should be sealed following installation with a consolidating, penetrating sealer. All exposed surfaces, including the underside of the coping that hangs over the edge of the pool must have adequate sealer applied, which varies depending on porosity of the stone. All surrounding stone should be grouted. To protect your investment, it is recommended that resealing occurs every 2-3 years to mitigate the water ingress into the stone. Professional approved applicators follow key guidelines to ensure that the stone is correctly cleaned and sealed that may facilitate longer intervals between resealing. Resealing is required when the stone allows water to rapidly penetrate, giving a wet darkened look. Most penetrating sealers are semi breathable thus some water ingress does occur over time, however the water penetration is greatly reduced.
  2. It is recommended that pool owner should keep the water level at a minimum of 100mm from the pool coping. To help you do this, you can speak to your pool builder about the possibility of fitting a 40mm overflow pipe. Coping that is semi submersed in the swimming pool’s corrosive environment is extremely susceptible to salt attack as it will impact all sealer resins and allow rapid water ingress into the stone. If you observe the pool coping appearing damp due to a high water level, lower the water level immediately to prevent water ‘wicking’ into the stone and causing damage.
  3. Remove staining matter quickly before it penetrates into the stone. Sealing does not make Natural Stone ‘stain proof’ but it gives a window of opportunity to remove the stain and facilitate easier cleaning of the stone. If stone is not sealed some regular household stains may be difficult or impossible to remove.
  4. Use a pH neutral cleaner for regular cleaning and maintenance for the stone. Avoid using acids or strong alkali products to clean as these will reduce the effectiveness of the sealer and may damage the stone.