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Pool border with tiles - important information & instructions


There are many different options for pool surrounds these days. For example, one does not go out of style: the pool surround made of tiles.

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A private pool in the garden is really pure luxury. While others have to go to the swimming pool or lake, you can simply step out of the house and jump straight into the cool water. But just sitting by the pool and ending the day can be pure relaxation. For this to work well, the ambience must also be right. In addition to beautiful planting around the pool and relaxation furniture, the right pool surround should not be missing. After all, what use is a pool if it looks like a construction site around it? There is certainly no trace of that holiday feeling at all. Everything just has to fit.

Which pool border is particularly popular?

As for the pool border, you are really spoiled for choice here. Because over the years, there have been a number of trends surrounding pool surrounds. For example, very popular Pool edging made of wood. The only problem: Wood needs a lot of maintenance and it also weathered over time. That is why many prefer a pool surround made of WPC, i.e. a composite material made of wood and plastic. It is easier to maintain than wood, has a long shelf life and is also largely splinter-free.

But even tiles around the pool simply don't go out of style. This is mainly due to the fact that there are tiles in a wide variety of designs and shapes to buy and the most beautiful pool surrounds can be conjured up with them. Regardless of whether Mediterranean, futuristic or colorful - with tiles almost all garden styles can be realized.

What needs to be considered before laying the tiles?

Tiles offer several advantages outdoors. They have a low height, are easy to clean and have a flat surface. Tiles that are to serve as a pool border, however, must meet some special requirements. Because buying the tiles for the pool surround is not just about the design - the technical characteristics of a tile are also crucial when buying. Pay attention to the following:

❍ abrasion:

When buying tiles for the pool border, you should definitely take into account the abrasion of the tiles, which is determined in abrasion classes. The five abrasion classes describe the durability of a glazed tile. You should know that abrasion group 1 stands for very light wear and abrasion group 5 for heavy wear and a high abrasive effect. Tiles that do not have the processing class (hardness, abrasion resistance) of at least 3, better still 4, are therefore ruled out for the pool border.

Aufnahme Water absorption capacity:

Stoneware tiles are divided into five groups depending on their water absorption capacity. It is best to use tiles of group Ia or Ib for the pool border. These are frost-resistant because they absorb a maximum of 0.5 or 3 percent water.

❍ slip resistance:

Tiles can become very smooth once they are wet. In the worst case, this can even lead to accidents. Therefore, you should only lay tiles around the pool that are non-slip. In this area too, the tiles are divided into five classes. It is best to use class R11 tiles (sure-footed at an incline of 19 ° - 27 °), R12 (sure-footed at an incline of 27 ° - 35 °) or R13 (sure-footed at an incline of more than 35 °). The only problem: the more non-slip the tiles, the harder they are to clean. But as the saying goes: Safety first!

Glue tiles around the pool - step by step instructions

Step 1 - prepare the surface:

Once you've bought the tiles, you're ready to go. But before you lay the tiles, you first have to properly prepare the surface. The floor around the pool must have a gradient of two percent so that water from bathing and rainwater can drain off.

If the floor around the pool has any unevenness, do not follow the steps below. Because in this case we recommend that you lay the tiles on pedestals. According to, the unevenness can be compensated by adjusting the pedestal and height differences between 28 mm and 965 mm can be bridged.

Step 2 - apply sealing slurry:

Now you have to use a lambskin roller to apply a layer of sealing slurry to the floor. According to, the layer should be about two centimeters thick. Let it dry for about 20 hours. But note: The sealing slurry must not dry too quickly, otherwise the surface will crack. Always moisten the surface a little.

Step 3 - lay tiles:

Once the waterproofing has dried, you can finally lay the tiles. To do this, you first have to mix flexible fluid bed mortar or tile adhesive according to the manufacturer's instructions. Then pour this onto the surface of the first row of tiles and spread with a notched trowel. Then spread some tile adhesive or mortar on the back of the tile. Then lay the first row of tiles. Then comes the next row, etc. Then the tiled surface has to dry for about 24 hours.

Step 4 - grouting:

Once everything has dried, mix the flexible grout according to the manufacturer's instructions, pour it onto the tiles and use a rubber wiper to insert it into the tile joints. Then let everything dry for about 15 minutes. Now wash the tiles with a sponge board. Finished! Now everything just has to dry thoroughly and you can enter the area around the pool.