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Pool Tile Advice - Glass or Porcelain, Big or Small?

n s
4 months ago
last modified: 4 months ago

Hi, I've poured through the discussions and I know everyone has a different opinion when it comes to style, but I'd love to understand the pros and cons of bigger vs. smaller glass tiles for pool around factors like cleaning/maintenance, grout lines, salt/chlorine build up, durability, etc.

Specifically, I'm debating between a 2x4 subway blue grey glass tile or 1x2 glass mosaic (see picture). Is the darker solid color tile more likely to show discoloration / residue? Will the grout lines on smaller tiles be harder to maintain? Are all of the glass tile horror stories enough to try and find a porcelain option instead?

Here is the situation:

- 15'x40' shallow depth sports pool with integrated spa

- Saltwater chlorinator

- Tile would be on waterline (6"), top of the integrated spa border, and auto cover border

- Coping = neutral concrete pavers

- Surrounded by artifical turf

- Wet Edge Primera Stone finish -- pending tile, deciding between Grigio Treasure (grey one at top near bigger tiles), Tahoe Coast (blue grey one closer to smaller tiles) or Sapphire Treasure (darker blue one to side)


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