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Custom Pool Ideas: Mosaic Designs and Tiles

You’ve worked hard to have your own swimming pool. You should be able to design and appreciate it.

The best way to make the swimming pool your own is by installing beautiful mosaic designs on the floor and sides.

Stay cool in the Texas heat, and do it in style. Check out some of these ideas to get your creativity going.

What is Mosaic?

Mosaics are decorative artworks assembled with small pieces of glass, marble, or other materials. They’ve been used to decorate for centuries and are usually intricate patterns.

For a swimming pool, mosaics generally have patterns going around edges or in the middle of the floor. The ideas and designs can vary, and some are personally designed by the owner. 

What are the Pros and Cons of Having Mosaic Designs?

You’re not going to decorate the sides and floor of your pool without weighing all the pros and cons. 

It doesn’t matter if you plan to have a complex or simple mosaic, you’re going to want a visually appealing decoration.

Here are some of the cons:

  • Maintenance will be required to keep the mosaic looking good
  • Installation is time-consuming 
  • Unique skills are required to install and you will need to hire a professional

And here are some of the pros:

  • Almost unlimited patterns or designs
  • Premium materials will last indefinitely
  • Quality will remain unchanged
  • Mosaics can fit in any shape pool
  • Most colors are available
  • Mosaics are good for the environment

Mosaics are a creative way to express who you are to guests and friends. Weighing the advantages and disadvantages gives you a good idea if you want to spend the time and money to get this great look.

What Materials Should I Use?

You’ve made the decision to install a mosaic in your pool. You have to pick a material to use.

There are tons of materials that work, but you need to make sure they can handle moisture. Glass and ceramic are the two most popular options.

Some of the attributes of these materials affect the finish, texture, and durability.

Glass

One of the most popular choices is glass. Let’s explore the advantages and disadvantages of using glass. 

Advantages

  • Aesthetic – The translucence of glass makes it a hard choice to beat. Glass can be made in tons of colors and shades. Any design you choose can be fitted with glass.
  • Value – Like anything that is decorated well, a pool mosaic will add value to the pool and property.
  • Clean – If you want to have material that’s easy to clean, glass mosaic is a perfect choice.
  • Durable – Glass is a popular choice because it’s durable. The sunlight won’t damage it, and mold and stains won’t form on it.
  • Environmental – Glass can be made from recycled glass.

Disadvantages

  • Expensive – Glass tile will be more expensive than ceramic or stone.
  • Texture – Glass is slippery and can pose a risk for falls if it’s used on stairs or outside trim.
  • Scratching – Even though it’s durable, glass can scratch if someone brings sharp or hard items into the pool. If a tile is scratched, you may have to replace it.
  • Time-Consuming – It takes a long time and a lot of skill to install glass tile. You’ll need to hire a professional

Weigh up the pros and cons and decide if you think a glass mosaic is the best option for you.

Ceramic

Ceramic has been used for thousands of years. The ceramic we manufacture today is much more durable. 

Ceramic tile for pool mosaics is not the tile used in bathrooms or kitchens. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of ceramic tile.

Advantages

  • Scratch Resistance – Unlike glass, ceramic resists scratches. 
  • Installation – Ceramic tile installation doesn’t take as long as glass. A pool owner can do the installation to save money.
  • Affordable – It’s much more economical to use ceramic tile. People have used tiles for centuries because of the cost.
  • Maintenance – If easy maintenance is something you care about, then use ceramic tile.
  • Environmental – Ceramic is a good material to use if you want to help the planet.

Disadvantages

  • Colors – Ceramic tiles only come in a certain variety of colors. If you are looking for a specific color, check to see if what you want is available.
  • Damage – If the tile does crack or get scratched, you will have to replace it. 
  • Durability – Ceramic tiles are durable but not as strong as porcelain tiles. 
  • Slippery – Like glass, ceramic tiles become slippery when wet and can be dangerous on steps in your pool.

As the least expensive option, it’s also the most popular. People looking for DIY projects also choose ceramic.

Choosing the Tiles

Tiles come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. You want to see and appreciate your mosaic, so choose wisely.

Large ceramic tiles limit your design options but will be visible from a distance. Small ceramic tiles allow for more complex patterns but can become difficult to clean with more seams.

Part of the beauty of pool mosaics is how the sun reflects off them. Pick colors to show off your pool. Shades do not have to match the color blue, but you want to coordinate with the water.

Quality, durability, and texture should always be your priority. By choosing high-quality tiles you reduce the chance of mildew or mold forming between seams and gaps.

Not everyone has a keen eye for design. Use a trusted professional to install, design, and show you how to maintain a mosaic.

Ready for Your Stunning Pool Mosaic?

You might have mosaic designs in mind for your pool. Maybe creativity isn’t your specialty.

Let us help you create the perfect design. When people come over to swim in your pool, you’re sure to hear compliments about the stunning patterns. 

Save yourself the heavy lifting and let the professionals build your pool mosaic. Contact your Cypress pool builders and get started today. We can help you create the pool you’ve always dreamed of.