Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Freeze-Thaw Pool and Spa Spalling

Why do my Pool Water Line Tiles have pits in them?

ANSWER - Being in the mountains and having your pool subjected to snow and freezing conditions would suggest that your pool waterline tiles are not freeze-thaw stable. Meaning that the tiles are porous enough that…

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installation Movement Joints Pool and Spa Wet Areas

Can Travertine Pool Coping be installed over steel?

ANSWER - It is possible to adhere the travertine tiles directly to the steel.  There is no need or value to use backer board in an application such as this. The steel has to be scarified…

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Moisture Problems Pool and Spa selection Standards stone

Any rule or industry standard for travertine and salt water pools?

ANSWER - There is no standard addressing stone and salt water pools.  Salt Water pools are relatively new and recently more popular, so we are just now starting to see some problems with certain stones and…

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Debonding Tile failures Pool and Spa

Swimming Pool and Spa has tile falling off

ANSWER - Tiles whether ceramic tiles or natural stone or glass tiles they should not fall off.  There are all-tiled pools that go back over 100 years and they are still performing well today.  Tile when installed correctly is a…

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installation Pool and Spa Wet Areas

What thinset, grout to use when installing new tile in a spa?

ANSWER - I will assume the spa surface will be a plaster material.  You mentioned something about wood, but never install directly over wood in a wet area.  Whether you are tiling the whole spa…

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