New to TFP, undergoing pool renovation in So Cal - need help with tile

ocpoolgirl

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Oct 15, 2020
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Orange County, CA
Hi all! We are undergoing a backyard renovation that includes redoing the pool coping and tiles. I wanted to see if I can get some advice on tile. We are not redoing the existing pebble.
I’m trying to make the pool as modern as possible.
The lady I met with at NPT suggested that I pick a vibrant glass tile for just the spa front and then whatever I pick for the waterline I can use on the adjacent walls next to the spa. Is that a good idea, or should the glass tile that I pick also be used on the adjacent walls?
Including a picture of the pool before Reno so you can see the color of the water. Would love some opinions on tile choices. It’s so much tougher since our pool is a free-form pool and we don’t have even one straight edge.
 

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ocpoolgirl

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Orange County, CA
Here is a picture of the current state. We’ve already had the coping redone and the stones and tiles remove. As you can see we are adding a deck behind the spa area.
I’ve also included a picture of the glass tile I really like. Struggling with waterline tile.
 

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mknauss

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If the glass tile will be anywhere it will get wet such as a splash zone or water line, it will be a maintenance item due to your hard water. Managing your pool water chemistry very closely will be very important.
 
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ocpoolgirl

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Oct 15, 2020
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Orange County, CA
If the glass tile will be anywhere it will get wet such as a splash zone or water line, it will be a maintenance item due to your hard water. Managing your pool water chemistry very closely will be very important.
Thanks. Do people not pick glass tiles at all anymore? Definitely something to consider.
 

mknauss

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Some do.
I always say, when new, it will be beautiful. A few years from now, well, maybe not.
 

mmardini

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I recently had my pool remodeled and I used glass tile for the spa and waterline. I am very adamant about scrubbing my tiles a few times a week and they look great! But they are only about 3 months old. Fingers crossed!! I love the look of glass tile tho so I don’t regret it one bit
 

ocpoolgirl

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Oct 15, 2020
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Orange County, CA
I recently had my pool remodeled and I used glass tile for the spa and waterline. I am very adamant about scrubbing my tiles a few times a week and they look great! But they are only about 3 months old. Fingers crossed!! I love the look of glass tile tho so I don’t regret it one bit
Oh that’s awesome! I see your pool in your sig. it’s beautiful!
 

ocpoolgirl

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Orange County, CA
Here’s another tile I was thinking about. I love that it’s a different shape (picket style) and I love the marble veining. What if I install something like this for the entire thing? Waterline plus above the waterline?
 

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mmardini

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Palm Springs, ca
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Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
Here’s another tile I was thinking about. I love that it’s a different shape (picket style) and I love the marble veining. What if I install something like this for the entire thing? Waterline plus above the waterline?

Is that tile rates for pools? Make sure the tile is meant to be used in a pool and not just inside the house!
 

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