Is It Time To Repair Or Replace Your Pool Tile, Coping & Caulking?

When your swimming pool and spa is brand new, you have a beautiful healthy swimming pool. However, years go by, and if you live in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast cold weather climate, your pool tile and coping may begin to fade, crack, crumble, or fall off. Ice damage is the number one cause in pool tile and coping failure.

While it’s important for a pool owner to keep an eye out for pool tile, coping and caulking failure, it is more important to repair it quickly to avoid further damage. Sometimes, only a simple repair is all that is required. However, if the problem continues, there is a more serious problem lurking beneath. When additional tile, coping and caulking failure happens after a repair, it’s time to bite the bullet, and consider a pool renovation.

What Should You Look For, So You Know When To Replace

  • Pool tiles cracked or falling
  • Pool coping edge is cracked, coming loose, or hollow underneath
  • Grout coming out

The Purpose Of Tile, Coping, And Caulk

Pool and Spa Tiles:

Tiles are subjected to normal wear and tear especially in our mid-Atlantic and Northeast cold weather climate. Repairing damaged pool and spa tiles will help prevent water seepage, which can spread the problem to surrounding tiles.

Pool Coping:

The finishing edge around your pool or spa. Your pool and spa coping is the material that is installed to the top edge of your swimming pool and spa. Pool and spa coping prevents water from getting behind the pool and spa shell, and integrates the pool and spa finish and tile.

Deck Caulking and Expansion Joint:

Caulking is important in keeping water out of areas that could be damaged during winter. Specifically, this prevents water seeping and freezing under coping stones. Caulk should be inspected every year when you open and close your swimming pool. This will help prevent more costly repairs later on.

What Pool Tile Options Are Available?

There are 3 options for pool tile: Ceramic, Porcelain, and Glass.

We have years of experience supplying and installing the largest selection of pool and spa tiles. From stunning glass to subtle earth tones; from a simple waterline to a raised spa wall, we’ve helped swimming pool owners find tile that’s a reflection of their own personal style.

What Pool Coping Options Are Available?

There are various types of pool coping: brick pool coping, pre-cast pool coping, and natural stone coping in a variety of shapes, textures, and colors.

We supply and install all types of pool coping.

What Is The Best Pool Caulk Option?

A good urethane caulk is most widely used, and available in a wide variety of colors.

I’ve Replaced My Pool Tile…But…

There is a reason why the pool tile is falling off. Just replacing a few pool tiles here and there will not fix the problem. It is important to understand that what’s behind the pool tile must be a sound, strong base. If you’ve replaced a few feet of pool tile in one area just to have more pool tile further down the wall start to fall off it’s time to have someone check the pool base.

The problem may very well stem from an unsound structure behind the pool tile. Simply replacing falling pool tiles will only prolong and extend the level of damage the pool sustains.

Plan Ahead For Your Pool Repair

The “off-season” is a good time to repair or replace any damage around the swimming pool whether it is resetting coping stones, setting tile, grouting, and caulking the expansion joint that runs the perimeter of the pool.

If you are planning do-it-yourself pool repair, we are the number one pool supply store in Delaware for all things pool tile, coping, and caulk. However, remember that repairing any part of your pool this is not a job for the inexperienced.

If you are a pool owner that wants to hire a professional pool specialist to supply and install your pool tile, coping, and caulk, give Colony Pool Service, Inc. a call any time of the year.

Contact us to schedule a no-obligation pool repair estimate. Start planning today.

Happy Swimming!