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    Under construction in AZ, tile on bench question

    I am in the process of having my pool built and have a question regarding tile on a bench. The pool is rectangular, 40ft X15ft. The pool has a bench along one of the sides that is 40 feet long. I wanted to have the bench tiled with 6 inch by 6 inch tile. However my pool builder told me that I cant' have 6 inch tile on the bench because it would make it too slippery. He is recommending that I go with 1 inch by 1 inch tile instead. I prefer the larger tile because of the look. Any comments on installing tile on benches? Do you think that it would indeed make it too slippery?
    16k ig plaster, attached spa, swg w/de filter.

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    Re: Under construction in AZ, tile on bench question

    Why would you tile the top of the bench? I've never seen that before...

    Usually the benches are just whatever the pool material is (pebble tech etc). I would think the tile completely submerged would be an issue..
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    Re: Under construction in AZ, tile on bench question

    We plan to use the bench for seating and the Pebble Sheen can be a little rough. So I figured that tile would be more comfortable on the skin and gentler on swimsuits.

    The tile would be the same that is used on the water line or inside the pool, so it would not have a problem being completely submerged.
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    Re: Under construction in AZ, tile on bench question

    Both my fathers pool in Scottsdale and my last home in Peoria Az both had Pebble sheen seats and my wife is pretty sensitive and never complained it was too rough. I hope someone else chimes in that has put tile on there seats.
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    Re: Under construction in AZ, tile on bench question

    Thanks for the information, NoFear95. We are actually considering skipping the tile on the bench altogether and just go with the Pebble Sheen.
    16k ig plaster, attached spa, swg w/de filter.

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    Re: Under construction in AZ, tile on bench question

    Non-slip tiles are available which would solve the "slippery" problem. It may limit your dolor selection, however.
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    Re: Under construction in AZ, tile on bench question

    I have a bench along the entire length of my pool that is pebble tech with a single 6x6 tile every 2 ft just for looks. But the benches in my spa are fully tiled with 6x6 tiles. There are steps with pebble surface, so entry in non slip. It would be too slippery stepping down onto the tiled bench directly.
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    Re: Under construction in AZ, tile on bench question

    [attachment=0:20i5e79a]033.JPG[/attachment:20i5e79a]I think the tile makes the benches stand out and breaks up he plain pebble surface, I have my benches and steps in 1x1 titles stacked together so the tile is a 2x2 they do no make he steps and benches slippery at all and look nice in my opinion
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    Re: Under construction in AZ, tile on bench question

    We tile benches all the time. Especially in the spa.
    Just nicer to slide around on, plus it looks great.
    Yes you would want 1x1's, 2x2's at the largest. Larger then that and they will be slippery.

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    Re: Under construction in AZ, tile on bench question

    Thank you all for your feedback. We will go with the 1 X 1 tile part of the benches, and all the benches in the spa. It just makes me feel more comfortable with the decision knowing that others feel that way.
    16k ig plaster, attached spa, swg w/de filter.

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