Tiles for the swimming pool and for the pool area should be very reliable, functional and safe with as little maintenance as possible. In addition, the floor should look visually appealing and create a clean, anti-slip environment that feels good even when barefoot. Furthermore, flooring for wet areas must meet hygiene and safety standards.
Swimming pool and spa areas must therefore be able to withstand a lot. Floor tiles used in wet areas should also complement the colours and textures in the swimming pool and, most importantly, they must have slip-resistant properties.
An important characteristic of swimming pool tiles is their durability. Unlike bathroom or kitchen tiles, swimming pool tiles are specially manufactured and tested to withstand constant contact with the aggressive chemicals typically used to maintain swimming pool water.
Another important feature of swimming pool tiles is that they can be cleaned with a squeegee or brush. When mineral deposits from hard water and sticky film from sunscreen or body oil, accumulate, the smooth, non-porous surface of the tiles allows the unwanted deposits to be removed.
Porcelain swimming pool tiles are made from dense, fine clay mixtures that may contain sand or powdered rock, slate, marble or glass. The material is moulded and then coated with a glaze - a glass-like coating. The glaze provides the colour and makes the tile impervious to water. Then the tile is fired in a high-temperature kiln to harden. Porcelain tiles are less porous than their ceramic cousins you see in household bathrooms and kitchens. This means that porcelain is more hard-wearing than ceramic, and this is why porcelain is so commonly used in swimming pool construction.
The tiles in the private indoor pool were slippery and the owners were looking for a anti-slip solution without having to replace the high quality tiles or damage them with caustic acid treatments. GriP Safety Coatings spray coated the floor tiles with GriP anti-slip. The beautiful tiles now have slip resistance class C and the transparency of the coating preserves the original character of the floor. And all this without any corrosive acids, but with a sustainable and ecological coating from SWISSGriP.