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Providing a finish that not only looks good
but feels good too, it’s no wonder tiling and
mosaics are often considered the premium
when it comes to finishing a pool.
Known for their resistance to fading,
wearing and cracking, the price tag may
be heftier and grout may require periodic
cleaning, but tiling has a long lifespan.
While many look at only tiling the
waterline of their pool, a mosaic to the
entire pool is becoming more popular.
“Pool tiling is a very specialised
industry,” says Mark Salomone of Tile
Boutique. “The pool shell must be primed
prior to tiling, and in good structural
condition.” It’s important to ensure you
have a highly qualified professional doing
the job, knowing that the correct water
immersion adhesives are to be used, and
when applying the adhesive it should be
applied unidirectional to the pool shell.
“It’s best not to apply the adhesive
in direct sunlight, and to make sure
maximum coverage is achieved to the back
of the mosaic tile – 95 per cent coverage is
required.” Mark also recom mends white
compressible polymer modified grout.
Particularly for curved pool surfaces, be
sure to discuss with your tiler techniques to
ensure no cracks or loose tiles.
While it’s tempting to dive straight into
your pool at the first sign of a hot day, it’s
important to make sure you know what’s
going on under the surface. Preventative
measures need to be taken to ensure your
pool doesn’t become a breeding ground for
Depending on the size of your pool and
your budget, there are a range of options.
Perhaps the most widely talked-about
form of pool sanitation at the moment is
ozone. Ozone treatment has been widely
used around the world in public pools,
hospital hydrotherapy pools, health farms
and industrial water-treatment plants, and
is now being used in backyard pools, too.
The ozone generator fits nicely next
to the filter and pump, and is attached to
the wall with a connecting hose to the
manifold in the return pipe. Ozone
created in the generator is injected into
the return pipe where it mixes with water
before coming out of the jets in millions
of micro bubbles. The water is then alive
“Ozone is one of the most effective
bactericides known,” says Jutta Wilkinson
of Healing Water Supplies. “The King
Neptune Ozone Synergistic System
kills bacteria, algae, viruses and fungi
5000 times faster than chlorine, leaving
the water with sparkling clarity and
a bluish tint.”
The chlorine-free swimming system
uses high levels of oxygen, promoting the
healing of cuts and skin conditions such as
eczema and dermatitis. Furthermore, there
is no deterioration of swimwear and no
need to shower after swimming.
“As there is no use of harsh chemicals,
pool equipment will last longer and there
is no corrosion of pool blankets and
cleaners,” Jutta says. “Ozone can be safely
backwashed into the gardens, which will
flourish from the water that has no residual
chlorine, salt or bromine.”
Pool chemicals based on chlorine and
bromine are the most traditionally used
forms of pool sanitation, however, as these
sanitisers do their work it’s been shown
that they gradually become less effective.
This, of course, leads to the need for
renewal and level top-ups.
When it comes to the different types of
chlorine – granular, liquid and tablet – it
pays to shop around, because the type you
Chosen fo r its durable qu alities
an d aesthetic appeal, the Glazed
Porcelain Mosaic in this po ol really packs
a punch. “ With it sized at 23x23cm in
an aqua blue colour tone, it provides
excellen t valu e for mon ey,” says Mark
Salomone of Tile Boutique. “ It also requires
In this case, where the pool cu r ves to
the botto m, where the walls meet the flo or,
sheeted mosaic is ve ry practical. “ The sheet
en ables the mosaic to follo w the con to ur of
the po ol shell ver y closely,” Mark said.
Tile Boutique (08) 9328 8111,
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