Installing swimming pool tiles is a critical task that demands meticulous attention to detail at every stage. To ensure a long-lasting and visually appealing result, it is essential to follow the right methods and use appropriate materials.
In this guide, we will walk you through the steps for the proper installation of swimming pool tiles in Kerala.
Proper Installation of Swimming Pool Tiles in Kerala
1. Site Preparation
Before commencing the installation, ensure that the site is well-prepared. If it’s an outdoor pool, provide adequate lighting, ventilation, and shelter. The surface where you’ll be installing the pool tiles should be evenly plastered without any undulations.
This is crucial because most pool tiles are either paper-mounted or mesh-mounted. Pay particular attention to the surface level, as it can affect the final aesthetics and the tiles’ long-term stability.
Swimming pool tiles come in various options, including Venetian glass mosaics, transparent glass mosaics, and porcelain mosaics. Each type presents its unique challenges.
Generally, you can affix these tiles to the floor using thin-set flexible white adhesives, applying them with appropriately sized trowels. After laying the tiles, allow them to cure for approximately 24 hours.
For paper-mounted tiles, remove the paper layer once they’ve cured and clean off any residual glue from the surface using soap lotion and water. Mesh-mounted tiles do not require separate cleaning.
2. Joint Filling
The next step involves filling the joints between the tiles. You have two options:
a. Epoxy Grouts
Epoxy grouts are available in two types: three-part epoxy and two-part epoxy. Three-part epoxy consists of resin, hardener, and powder, while two-part epoxy is a paste with a hardener. Mix the epoxy as needed and apply it over the tile surface using rubberized flat floats.
Fill the joints fully, typically ranging from 2.5 to 4.5 mm, depending on tile thickness. After an initial curing period of about 15 – 20 minutes, remove excess epoxy from the tile surface using scrubs and foams. Let the epoxy grouts cure for approximately 8 – 10 days under normal conditions before filling the pool with water.
b. Unsanded Water Repellent Grouts with Polymer Liquid
In this method, mix 200 ml of polymer liquid with one kg of grout powder. Combine the polymer liquid with water, and then mix the powder into a paste with this mixture.
Apply the prepared grout to the swimming pool tile joints. After an initial curing period of 20 – 30 minutes, clean the tile surface using a cotton cloth or waste to remove excess grout.
Once excess grout is removed, clean the tile with mild soap lotion or a diluted solution of HCL to eliminate any stains or dust. Water can be filled after curing for 4 – 6 days.
3. Outdoor Pool Considerations
For outdoor swimming pools, provide proper covering during tile installation and curing to protect them from rain and direct sunlight.
Maintenance and Lifespan
Option one (epoxy grouts) typically provides a lifespan of 4 – 6 years. If you notice tile joints corroding or opening, fill them promptly to prevent tiles from chipping off.
Option two (unsanded water-repellent grouts with polymer liquid) has an average lifespan of 2 – 3 years. The life of tile joints is significantly influenced by water quality in the pool.
Regularly monitor and maintain pH levels and chlorine within the normal range to prevent rapid corrosion of tile joints.
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