How to Choose the Perfect Tile for Your Pool

If you’re building your perfect pool, chances are you want tiles that won't get slippery when wet, won't fade under the blazing sun, and will match the style of your house. However, there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution for every home.  

At D&B Tile, where we're all about helping you make the best choices of tiles in Palm Beach, Miami, and other parts of Florida. In this blog, we give you some information to select pool tiles based on their material, style, and color.  

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Types of Tiles for Your Pool Area 

Porcelain Tiles 

Porcelain tiles are becoming a popular choice for pool surfaces, and it's not hard to see why. In this section, we'll dive into some of the benefits of using porcelain tiles for your pool area. 


You know that feeling when you accidentally drop something heavy on the floor? Well, porcelain tiles are designed to handle that kind of action, and it’s thanks to the way they’re made. 

Porcelain tiles are crafted from clay and fired at very high temperatures. This intense heat transforms the blend into a strong material that can take a beating without cracking or chipping. Whether it’s an accident with pool equipment or a clumsy cannonball, your porcelain tiles are ready to stand up to the challenge.  

Low Water Absorption 

Pools are all about water, right? That's why it's important to have tiles that don't soak it all up like a sponge. Porcelain tiles have low water absorption due to their manufacturing process, which removes most of the microscopic pores in the tiles and makes them dense and non-porous. 

This feature is great news because it helps prevent the tiles from cracking due to freezing and outside temperature changes. It also means that your tiles won't become a breeding ground for mold and mildew, keeping your pool area fresh and hygienic. 

Low Maintenance 

Let's face it – poolside cleaning isn't the most exciting task. But with porcelain tiles, you're in for a treat. Their smooth and dense surface doesn’t allow dirt, debris, and stains to penetrate and tarnish the material permanently. A quick sweep or hose down is usually all it takes to your porcelain floor looking spick and span. 

Plus, their resistance to chemicals means you can use cleaning solutions like Best of Everything concentrated Omni Cleaner without worrying about damaging the tiles. Just mix one to two ounces of product with one gallon of water to lift contaminants and give your pool area a pristine finish. 

If you have decided on porcelain tiles for your pool project, please feel free to check out some of our quality products here. 

Introducing Atlas Plan Porcelain Pavers 

Say hello to Atlas Plan porcelain pavers – a game-changer in the world of outdoor tiling. Learn which qualities set these tiles apart from other outdoor tile options. 

Easy Preparation and Installation 

Gone are the days of troublesome surface preparation and installations. With Atlas Plan porcelain pavers, you can revamp your patio, pool, or barbecue pad in a matter of hours. 


The versatility of Atlas pavers knows no bounds, as they can be installed on various surfaces such as grass, gravel, sand, and cement. 

Increased Thickness 

Porcelain pavers are thicker compared to other tiles since they need to withstand the inclement weather, frequent foot traffic, and even heavy loads. Therefore, they are perfect for outdoor applications like patios, walkways, driveways, and pool areas. 


Safety around your pool should be one of your primary concerns, especially if you have children or mobility issues. Atlas Plan pavers come to the rescue with their high coefficient of friction and slip resistance. This feature prevents accidents by offering a firm grip even in wet conditions, which creates a secure environment for everyone around the pool area. 

Different Sizes and Styles 

Porcelain pavers offer a world of choices in sizes and looks. They mimic marble, stone, concrete, and metal, so you get all the benefits of porcelain but with the texture and style you want. 

When it comes to size, Atlas Plan offers their XL collection, including their three main measurements: 

  • 24x24  
  • 48x48
  • 24x48 

These big tiles make sure your pool project looks exactly how you dream it to be. For instance, if you have a modern pool area in mind, you can choose concrete-style pavers with clean lines to create an urban, contemporary vibe. A 48x48 tile can also add an expansive feel and add a touch of sophistication. 

If you want to learn more about their Atlas Plan porcelain pavers for your pool project, feel free to visit the Atlas Concorde inspiration gallery and XL collection. You can also find their complete catalog of outdoor tiles here. 

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Mosaic Glass Tiles 

When it comes to turning your pool into a sparkling masterpiece, mosaic glass tiles are a top contender. These little transparent pieces bring a world of benefits to your pool area, adding both style and functionality. 

Impervious to Frost and Heat 

Like porcelain, glass is also made at high temperatures that creates a strong bond between the material’s particles. As a result, mosaic glass tiles expand and contract slightly without cracking. No matter how frosty or sizzling the temperature gets, these tiles stay strong and keep their shape and color. 

Reflective Surface 

Ever noticed how the sun's rays look in the water? Mosaic glass tiles take this natural beauty to a whole new level. Their reflective surface catches the sunlight, creating a mesmerizing play of light and color on the water's surface. It's like having your own private light show by the pool – day or night. 

UV Stability 

Speaking of colors, mosaic glass tiles are masters of keeping their tones intact. Prolonged sun exposure can cause things like fabric, wood, and paint to fade or change color because UV rays break down the pigments and molecules in these materials. 

Since mosaic glass tiles are UV stable, they can handle the sun's powerful rays without fading. Many manufacturers also apply protective coatings to their glass tiles to further enhance their UV resistance. 

You can choose deep blues, vibrant greens, or any color under the sun and count on mosaic glass tiles to keep their lively appearance for years. 

Unique Designs 

With a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes available, you can use mosaic glass tiles to create intricate patterns, stunning murals, or even simple pool designs that reflect your personality. Whether you want a tropical paradise or a serene oasis, mosaic glass tiles allow you to transform your pool into a work of art that's uniquely yours. 

For homeowners interested in mosaic glass tiles for the pool, we invite you to look at our glass tile selection here. 

Consider Your House’s Style 

When choosing tiles for your pool area, you need to consider your house's style to have a harmonious and cohesive aesthetic. The tiles you select should complement the overall design and architecture of your home, creating a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. 

For a modern home, sleek and minimalistic tile designs like porcelain or glass tiles can enhance the contemporary vibe. Traditional homes might benefit from the warmth of stone tiles, evoking a classic and timeless charm. Coastal or rustic styles can be accentuated with tiles that mimic natural elements, such as wood-look porcelain tiles or mosaic glass tiles with ocean-inspired hues. 

The color palette of your tiles should also align with your house's exterior colors. For example, if your home has earthy tones like warm browns and natural greys, try to choose stone tiles in similar shades. If your house features a coastal-inspired color scheme with blues and whites, opting for mosaic glass tiles in shades of aqua and turquoise can evoke a beachy ambiance by the pool. 

Pick the Perfect Tile Size 

The size of the tiles can influence how spacious or intimate your pool space feels. Try going for a size that aligns with your pool’s dimensions and your aesthetic preferences. 

For a small pool or a cozy backyard space, opting for smaller tiles like mosaic or subway tiles can create an illusion of a larger area. On the other hand, larger format tiles can simplify maintenance and create a contemporary look in more expansive pool settings. 

Tile size can also influence the perception of the water's depth – larger tiles usually make the pool seem shallower, while smaller tiles can contribute to a sense of depth. 

By carefully considering the dimensions of your pool and the atmosphere you want to create, you can select the perfect tile size that enhances the area while complementing its functionality.

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Looking for the Perfect Tile in Palm Beach? 

Discover the art of selecting the ideal tile for your pool with D&B Tile. With decades of experience and partnerships with top global tile suppliers, we're dedicated to transforming your poolside dreams into reality. 

Have inquiries about our services? Need guidance on choosing the perfect tile that aligns with your vision? Our team of tile experts is here to assist you every step of the way. Connect with us today – your dream pool oasis awaits!