Day 9 – Pool Line Tile and Coping Stone

Once you have spent an entire week watering down your shotcrete, you will have your coping stone and pool line tile installed.  This can be done by separate companies or the same company.  Make sure you know what stone you plan to use for coping stone, or know if you are planning on doing cool-decking.  Also, take into consideration the color of your pool liner when deciding the pool line tile.  This process was our longest to get through.

What we did:

We went with two different companies for our coping stone and pool line tile.  We had cool-decking at our previous home and didn’t like how hot the deck actually became in the summer.  We went with a pale travertine patio and coping stone, and we don’t regret that.  Our patio is significantly cooler in the summer than the cool-decking and it is much more attractive.  

For the pool-line tile, it took us a very long time to decide what we wanted.  Prices of pool line tile vary significantly and it really depends upon the stone print, color and quality.  Unfortunately, everything I liked was way out of our budget.  In the end, we decided to increase our budget to allow for the pool line tile I liked.  We went with a blue mosaic tile which changes colors depending upon where you are standing and where the sun is at in the sky.  It is beautiful and has held up extremely well, considering the warnings we had received by chosing this tile for the pool.  We were told that mosaic tiles could start falling out randomly within the first 6-12 months of installation, however it has been almost 2 years not and there have been no lost tiles, let alone loose ones.

Lessons learned:

I have one major regret when dealing with coping stone and pool line tile and that is the order in which it was placed.  Because we used a landscaping company to place the coping stone, it would have been smarter to place the pool line tile first.  The landscaping company stated they knew how to place coping stone, however they ended up having to come back after the pool was already filled and re-set many of the coping stone tiles as they were not “hanging over” the edge of the pool.  In some spots the pool line tile was sticking out further than the coping stone.  It was clear they didn’t know how to place coping stone correctly and if I were to do this again, I would have paid more to have the tile company place the coping stones.

Approximate Cost:

Depending upon what you want your pool design to be, this can run you upwards of tens of thousands of dollars.  We went with a high end mosaic tile, not commonly used as pool line tile.  This tile cost significantly more than your everyday pool line tile and we paid approximately $2600.  Our coping stone was included in our entire patio build-out.  We used a light colored travertine, had a BBQ built in with additional mosaic tile on the BBQ area.  This entire area cost us $3500.  

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