Stressed out over choosing tile for back pool wall - newbie!

SuzinSD

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Hi all,

I've been searching for pictures similar to our pool and can't find much. We are remodeling starting next week in San Diego.

I was going to use NPT Safari multicolor for the spa and waterline, and Scabos travertine stacked stone for the rest of the big wall (what is the official name of those walls?). Also, some kind of travertine for the coping.

But now I am really worried we will have calcium deposits on the stone and it will be really hard to clean. There is a spillover on the spa and two sheer descents on the wall (one on each side).

If I use tile on that whole wall, do you think it will be too boring? I don't really like glass tile all that much, so I was looking for something more 'stone look'.

What would you do? Thank you for any help!
 

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SuzinSD

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Also, I should say that we are removing those stairs up to the spa and the all the handrails. Also, adding a baja ledge on the other side of the pool and a bench under the spa.
 

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Welcome to the forum!
I personally would suggest no 'stacked stone' in wet areas. Splash zones, etc. Can be problematic. Also if you have water on the other side of the wall (such as your spa) the gunite needs to be sealed very well or you will get effloresence through the grout lines, etc.
I suggest you read ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry.
 

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What about some deco tiles scattered along the spa wall?FAE57B44-57BF-4A8D-A8C3-96E34A79C989.png
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I know this one has glass but it would just be an accent.

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You can also use the smaller version of what you are getting. BTW, I didn't pick the first 2 based on color, I just picked them for ideas.
 

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Are you talking about for the spa wall? Those look like pretty long lengths and your spa is curved so it may not work. I did see a pool done by the guy who did our pool layout that used a whethered white wood look tile on the raised wall and then small white subway tile for the waterline. I liked it but my husband said he didn't want our pool looking like our kitchen and bathroom 🤣.
 
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Whatever you do have the install company follow the procedures from Oceanside Glass & Tile, this is the way tile is supposed to be installed and on both sides of your spa... This will stop the effervescence from coming though your tile this time.... :)

Confirm what products they are using and check to make sure they are actually using the correct products and steps...

On the tile, pick one that you like and go with it (y)
 

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JMSMommy

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Has anyone ever used Rockwood from NPT? It is a porcelain tile.

i am doing the carerra white/gray one form NPt - very similar; but my wall is straight and not curved. And we are months away from install. I picked it so that if there is buildup, it would blend a little 😬
 
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