Tile trouble

KHP

New member
Mar 14, 2021
3
Vancouver, BC Canada
Pool Size
27560
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
Just wondering, for those in the construction phase, are you having any trouble sourcing waterline tile? I’m being told there are all kinds of shortages due to covid and/or Texas weather emergency. I’m in Canada so that seems to be adding to the problem. I’ve chosen two different tiles, each time being told they are not available. It will be at least May before they are and am feeling pressure to to just pick something but I dont want to spend all this money and end up with a tile I don’t like. Pool guy wants me to choose from NPT but I can’t find anything I like from there right now that is in stock. Bonus points if anyone has Canadian sources. Thanks for any help and suggestions you might have. Frustrated and sleepless in Vancouver.
 

ajw22

Gold Supporter
TFP Guide
Jul 21, 2013
24,789
Northern NJ
Pool Size
35000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-60
All tile is manufactured outside of the US or Canada. Supply chains have been disrupted this past year both due to Covid and shipping delays. Retail outlets and distributors cannot plan when they get products. They get them when they arrive.

If you want to build now then select from existing inventory. Otherwise there is no predicting what your wait may be.
 

wreckem

Well-known member
Mar 3, 2021
84
Texas
Pool Size
18000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
We are in Texas, a couple of the tiles we were looking at were out of stock but we ended up with a tile we liked more after we found out which were in stock.
 

zea3

Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 10, 2009
13,053
Houston, Texas
I would contact some local tile stores and see what they have that is suitable for use in pools and then look at them in person. See if they will let you take a couple of samples home to look at by your pool so you can see how the light plays off the tile. You may find something you love that you would have not considered just looking at a photo.
 
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Liz315

Bronze Supporter
Jul 12, 2020
140
Hammonton, NJ
Pool Size
15000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
Try these guys: Classic Pool Tile and Stone

They have an amazing selection and even 6x12. They ship you up to 5 samples free. They have everything in stock at their location. I’m just not sure what shipping costs would be to you. They offer preferred pricing to your pool builder though so you want them to place the final order. They will ship you samples directly.
 
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