How to Make Your Pool's Steps Safer and More Fun

11/13/2019
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics
By Pedro Sostre on Unsplash

Having a pool is so much fun. Many people who own a home with a pool will tell you that their summer plans are usually hanging out in their own backyard to enjoy a swim. You have to be careful, though, and be responsible in terms of pool ownership. Make sure that you have features that prompt safe play as well as pool enjoyment. Here are a few ideas on how pool tile can make your pool’s steps safe and more fun.


Border Tile Can Help With Pool Step Safety

Adding a quick and easy border to your pool can help increase safety. By adding a cute design or pattern to steps, it makes them more visible and easier to navigate. Some tile even has anti-skid elements to help people keep traction on pool stairs.


Decorative Elements

One way to make your pool fun is to add decorative elements to your steps. This might be the border, mentioned above, to outline the actual steps. Another idea could be to place a few whimsical design elements on your pool tiles. Maybe a pair of flip-flops for a few tiles on your steps? How about a few dolphins splashing down into the water? Keeping things light and fun is easy with creative pool mosaic and tile designs.


Glow in the Dark Tile

A clever way to make your pool safer during the day and night is glow-in-the-dark pool tiles. You can add these to your steps or anywhere in your pool that might be harder to see in dark water. Have a lip on your pool that stubs toes during nighttime swims? A few glowing fish might help out.


Trust Blue Water Pool Mosaics for All Your Pool Tile Needs

We have a beautiful array of tile to complete your pool tile mosaic. Even if you’re only looking for a few decorative pieces, we have staff on hand to help. Reach out to us today to make your pool tile dreams a reality.

​Can Pool Tile Be Re-glazed?

11/03/2019
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics
By Mansour Kiaei on Unsplash

When you own a pool, you’re probably always looking for ways to take care of it: the best cleaning methods, the coolest pool gadgets, and even neat pool toys.

But sometimes you worry and wonder about your pool’s foundation. If your pool is tiled that can mean wondering if the pool needs its tiles re-glazed. Fear not; we have all the info you need to know about pool tile re-glazing and why you might consider it.

Why Would You Re-glaze Tile?

If your pool’s tile is looking dull and faded, you might start to wonder about re-glazing. Re-glazing is the process of re-firing ceramic items at incredibly high temperatures. The glaze is the coating on the tiles that protects them from the elements.


When Is It Feasible to Re-glaze?

In terms of your pool tile, it’s almost never feasible to re-glaze. In many cases, it would be infinitely more cost-effective to remove old tile and replace it with new. Re-glazing pool tile would be an expensive and arduous journey.


Here's Why You Should Get Custom Tile Mosaics

If you want an update for your pool, custom tile artwork is a beautiful choice. You can design the look and vibe you want for your pool and have it installed. A custom installation would take much less time than re-glazing in almost every case of a pool renovation. You’ll save time, money, and energy if you go the route of removing old tile and replacing with new tile.


Trust Blue Water Pool Mosaics

Creating a unique pool facade is what the team at Blue Water Pool Mosaics is passionate about doing. The employees all want to help you get the pool of your dreams. Call or contact us today for a consultation. We want to make your wishes, dreams, and desires for your pool a reality.

​6 Pool Safety & Maintenance Tips for the Off-Season

10/16/2019
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics
By Matthew Mazzei on Unsplash

There are a lot of ways to protect your pool and yourself during the off-season of fall and winter. Summer is the perfect season to get the most out of your pool, and winter is the time for maintenance so you can continue to enjoy it year after year. Here are a few tips to help you care for your pool in the off-season as best as possible.

Cover Your Pool

Make sure your indoor or outdoor pool is covered for winter and fall! This helps keep the area safe but will also help you in the long run. Covering the pool can help you shield the water from excessive amounts of falling debris, like leaves and sticks.

Remember to check on the cover periodically to make sure that it’s secure and working properly. Early fall is a great time to get it out and check for any tears or compromises. Doing so early in the season will help give you peace of mind all winter long.


Keep an Eye on Your Levels

You’ll want to make sure to keep an eye on your water level during the winter, especially if you live in a cold climate. There should be less water in your pool, to accommodate the cover. So you’ll want to keep an eye on it in case of freezing temperatures. If the water freezes and you have extra water in your pump and other parts of your pool system, you might be in trouble. Water expands as it freezes and can wreak havoc on your system.


Don't Stop Cleaning, If Possible

If you can’t cover your pool you’ll definitely want to keep up a skimming schedule to remove any surface items from your pool. Even though it’s the off-season you can still clean your pool if needed. This might include skimming, emptying filter baskets, vacuuming the pool floor and more.


Drain Excess Water

In order to avoid problems with your motor parts and other pump pieces, drain the excess water out of your pool if possible. Especially make sure to empty the pump if the weather reports look like they’re calling for freezing temperatures. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to replacing your pool pump, as some of those investments can really add up.


Enlist the Help of Chemicals

Another helpful tidbit is to not forget that you still need to maintain the pH balance of your pool and keep it clean. You might use chlorine tablets or other chemicals to help. Certain products on the market can stave off algae and other growths as the temperatures start to heat up in the spring.


Monitor the Weather Conditions

As previously mentioned, keeping an eye on the weather is paramount to good off-season pool maintenance. Make sure you monitor for freezing temperatures but also for rain. Drain off any excess rainwater to keep your pool at a perfect off-season level.


Want to Revamp Your Tile Mosaics?

If you pull that cover off of your pool in the spring and feel like you need a refresh, we would love to help! Make your pool sparkle with a new tile mosaic. If you’re the type that likes to plan things out, fall and winter are the perfect time to start dreaming of your pool tile mosaics to install in the spring! Give us a call or reach out today for a quote. We’re looking forward to making the pool of your dreams a reality.

​7 Unexpected Mosaic Murals You’ll Want in Your Pool ASAP

10/03/2019
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics
By Jane Palash on Unsplash

When you’re ready to make the leap and invest in a mosaic art piece for your pool, think outside the tiled box. Dream big. Be inspired by the things that motivate and invigorate you. Here are seven mosaic murals you’ll love in your pool.

All of these designs and more are available at Blue Water Pool Mosaics. If these ideas spark your interest, call us today. We’d be happy to talk through your dream designs with you and create a pool mosaic mural that you love.


Koi Fish

What better way to celebrate nature than swimming with Koi? Koi are bright and beautiful fish that are known all over the world. Getting a Koi mosaic will help you embrace beauty and tranquility each time you look out at your pool.


Glow in the Dark Murals

Yes, you can get tile mosaic murals that glow in the dark. Pick from several different styles of fish, and accent with glow-in-the-dark seashells to complete your tile masterpiece. If you want a seahorse or turtle to glow in the dark, your heart’s desire is just a call away. Reach out to Blue Water Pool Mosaics today to talk through a glow-in-the-dark tile installation.

Octopus

What better way to complement an underwater mosaic than to have your own octopus? Go for the photo-real or the fun and cartoon octopus. Whatever you choose, your pool is sure to be the envy of the neighborhood.


Alligators

For a truly whimsical and interesting mural, opt for an alligator or two. Spring for a mosaic alligator from the swamp to pair alongside other wildlife tile mural pieces. If you’re a Florida Gators fan, there’s a gator mural just waiting for your pool!


$100 Bills

Nothing will make your neighbors more jealous than having hand-painted $100 bill tiles sprawled across your pool floor. Show off your financial status with this unique mosaic choice.


Beach Balls

Keep up the fun and festive spirit with a line of beach balls dancing across your pool. You might inspire games of water volleyball. Volleyballs have long been associated with pool and beach play. This fun accessory is a great addition to your pool tile mosaic.


Dragonflies

Chances are that if you live in an area with dragonflies and also have a pool, you’ve encountered the silent beauties in your yard. They sometimes stop for a drink of pool water and you can get them to rest on your finger before they fly off. Capture the magic of those silent, sweet fliers with a pool mosaic. You can choose from a variety of colors and styles.


Reach out today if any of these designs inspire you. We're excited to help you make your dream become a reality. If you can dream it, we can more than likely make it happen for your pool. You deserve the pool of your dreams, today!

How Mermaids Became A Popular Pool Design

09/30/2019
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics

Mermaids seem like they’ve always been popular mythical creatures if you think about them long enough. Nearly every seaside population has a name for them, from the Romans who called them sirens to our modern-day name “mermaid.”


These mystical creatures appear as half-woman, half-fish beings in many of the old stories. Some cultures think they’re benevolent sea-dwellers while others are convinced that their purpose is malevolent.


The Lore

Old stories go back for centuries of sirens, or women-fish, who would lure sailors to the rocks with their gorgeous looks and beautiful songs. The Greeks were sure that these nimble beauties were destructive sea creatures.


In these tales, mermaids are beautiful with long, flowing hair in a range of colors from pink, green, blue, to shining gold and more. Their faces sparkled in the sun according to these old stories. Their beauty was enchanting and mesmerizing.


Hans Christian Andersen

In 1837, a fairy tale was published that would change the public’s views on mermaids forever. Hans Christian Andersen, a Danish author, dreamed of an underwater world where a mermaid princess gave up her aquatic life to chase love with a human. She was young and beautiful with a singing voice unmatched anywhere in the sea. With everything she had, she still desired life on land.


This story was originally published as a children’s fairy tale but caught the attention of the entire world, including Walt Disney productions more than 100 years after the story was first published.


Popular Movies

In 1989, Walt Disney Studios released “The Little Mermaid” starring the voice of Jodi Benson as a teenage mermaid princess who was set on chasing a romance with a land-dwelling prince. The film was a wild success and millions of people came to love “Ariel,” the mermaid princess.


Starbucks

Even giant corporations feel the call of the mermaid, lured into business by sirens. Starbucks is probably one of the biggest companies that take logo inspirations from mermaids.


Their logo is a Norse version of a double-tailed siren, popular in Norse mythology.


With That Said, You Should Have Your Own Mermaid

Without a doubt, mermaids have been popular, beloved creatures throughout centuries and their popularity doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Live out your childhood dreams of knowing a mermaid. You can have one, or several! When we at Blue Water Pool Mosaics help you design your pool, we’d love to give you the mermaid tile mosaic of your dreams. Whether it’s a brown, blue, gold, pink or green-haired mermaid that calls to you, we want to help make her a reality.

Mosaic Designs to Make Your Neighbors Drool

08/28/2019
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics

Boring pools are a dime a dozen. We’ve all seen them--drab, white, and uninviting. After the initial excitement of having a pool wears off, they sit unused, building up leaves and other debris. Things don’t have to be that way, though. Pool design options are better than ever. Pools at houses, hotels, resorts and other locations are really getting creative. People want their pools to make a big statement. One of the hottest new trends in pool design is beautiful mosaic design. Integrating mosaics into a pool immediately elevate things with a luxury look and feel. It really allows artists and designers to make a pool one of a kind. Owners love looking at their pool for years as the sun glistens on swimming pool mosaic tile . Here are some mosaic designs that will make your pool stand out from the rest!

Sea Life Mosaics for a Bit of Fun

If you’re feeling playful, think about installing a bit of sea life into your pool. Turtle or fish swimming pool mosaic tile work brings a beach feel to your backyard. Kids will love diving down to look at the detailed tile work. Animal mosaics bring your pool to life like nothing else. They can transform an otherwise drab pool into the envy of the neighborhood. Mosaic designers have pushed the envelope with sea life. Tiles can be laid out to make the bottom of your pool look like a full reef with fish swimming around coral.

Luxury Swimming Pool Mosaic Tile

People looking to make their pool more luxurious love new mosaic designs that evoke old tile work from the Middle East. The intricate tile patterns can range in sizes large or small, and are a beautiful centerpiece of a high-end pool. Most homeowners opt for deep blue and other cool colors to add to the water theme in the backyard. Compass logos also provide an exquisite nautical look and feel to any pool. They’re a great way to elevate pools from mundane to pieces of art.

Custom Mosaic Designs

Perhaps the best thing about swimming pool mosaic tile is that the sky is the limit. If you can think of it, odds are that tile artists can make it a reality. People have installed full underwater murals in their homes. Others love mermaids, octopus, or marlins. It’s even an option to install a mosaic of a photograph, so if you want to look at a mountain range or a treasured family photo, it’s possible.

Blue Water Pool Mosaics is a premium pool tile company operating out of Texas. We’re dedicated to innovating the newest and highest quality pool tile work on the market. For any questions on pool mosaics and other pool designs, contact our team today.

Learn the Different Kinds of Pool Mosaics

08/14/2019
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics
Photo by Marion Michele on Unsplash

When it comes to designing your pool mosaic, the sky really is the limit. The number of design options that you have are endless. In today’s blog, we’ll take a look at some of the different types of tile that you can use to create beautiful mosaics for pools.

Ceramic/Porcelain Tile

Ceramic tiles have been the industry standard for pool tiles for decades. One interesting detail about ceramic tiles is that they are hand-painted in solid colors or in beautiful designs. Additionally, ceramic tiles are also made in textured options that can add depth to your mosaic design. Similarly, porcelain-glazed tiles can be made to give your tiles an even bolder look.

Glass/Stone Tile

Glass tiles are becoming more popular with each passing year. From an environmental perspective, glass tiles are composed mostly of recycled glass materials. They are nonporous and the most durable pool tiles, but they are considerably more expensive. Many designers like to use glass tiles to draw attention to the crystal clear water and the rest of the pool design.

Stone tiles are another design option that might suit your pool needs. While most pool designs will rely on ceramic, porcelain, and glass elements, stone tiles present a more classic look. Using stone tiles can bring your overall backyard look together by connecting the pool area with the patio, deck, and lawn designs.

Don’t Be Afraid to Mix It Up

Everything that we’ve discussed so far is great, but in the end it’s your pool and you want a custom pool mosaic that suits your tastes and style. What you’ll find as you do your research is that many designers will mix all types of tile together to create interesting designs for their clients. Consider how color, texture, and detail can be used to create a beautiful design to suit your pool.

Ready to Learn More and Start Your Pool Mosaic?

Now that you’ve seen some of the options available for your pool mosaic, it’s time to get in contact with the experts at Blue Water Pool Mosaics. Since 1981, we’ve been a family-owned and operated business dedicated to helping thousands of customers design their perfect pool mosaics. Whether you want to use porcelain, ceramic, glass, stone, or a mixture of materials in your design, we’re here to help. Contact our design team today!


How Do I Find the Right Mosaic Design?

07/25/2019
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics
Photo by margot pandone on Unsplash

Like any other feature at your home, the visual aesthetics of your pool are important to your happiness as a pool owner. That’s easy to say but picking the right design elements for your new pool can be time consuming and frustrating. In today’s blog post, we’ll take a look at four things to consider when designing the perfect water mosaic for your pool.

Budget

One of the most important factors in beginning to design a pool mosaic is cost. Do your research and find out how much it will cost to design, create, and install your custom mosaic. Some companies may charge to provide design assistance and others might provide free mock-ups to guide you in the process. Be mindful that cost should not be the main constraint to your custom water mosaic. Be price conscious but be pleased with your new pool look.

Color

Another factor to consider when designing a custom water mosaic is the color scheme. It’s not simply about picking a color that works from a sample or a catalog. This is true because you have to consider how colors change depending on location, lighting, time of day, and other factors. Before you pick a color or a palette, take a look at the pool in which you’ll be installing the mosaic. Does the design meet your vision? How does it look in the middle of the day? How does it look at night? If possible, ask your design team for sample tiles that you can test before you buy!

Style

A third thing to consider when designing a pool mosaic is the overall style of the design. Similar to what we just discussed about color, you want to be sure that the design options suit your vision. Why spend money on a design that doesn’t fit your aesthetic or that you aren’t in love with? Consider how an updated water mosaic design will fit the aesthetic of the rest of your home. Is your taste more classic, more modern, or more eclectic? Answering this question can help guide what options are the most likely to fit your needs.

Materials

The final thing to consider when designing your custom water mosaic is material. The good news is that you have a lot of choices in your mosaic tiles. The bad news is that you have to make a decision! Pool mosaic tiles come in a large variety of materials: porcelain, ceramic, glass, and stone are the most popular. Keep in mind that different materials can change the look of your mosaic design dramatically.


Ready to Design Your Water Mosaic?

Now that you have some elements to keep in mind, it’s time to find the right experts to help you find a design to suit your needs and tastes. Since 1981, the team at Blue Water Pool Mosaics has been finding the right custom water mosaic design for thousands of customers. We’re family-owned and operated and we always have been. When you’re ready to talk about customizing your pool, contact our design team today!

Using Blue Tiles In and Out of the Pool

07/22/2019
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics
Photo by Alexandru G. STAVRICĂ on Unsplash

If you’ve been following our blog, you know how much we love custom pool mosaics. But today’s blog post is focusing on how you can use blue tile in and out of the pool to improve the overall visual aesthetic of your home.

Blue has long been established as the color of stability and tranquility. It’s a very versatile color that can be used in any number of ways to set the mood of your room. From traditional solid colors to more vibrant patterns, blue tile might be a part of the design you need to change your whole mindset. Let’s look at how using blue tile can truly transform any part of your home.

Blue Tile in the Pool

Using blue tile in your pool can create the feeling of floating in the ocean. Designing a custom pool mosaic that includes a variety of shades that range from a light blue-green to deep navy can add depth to your swim at any time of day. Consider adding nautical themes to get a true ocean-tinged feeling every time you take a dip.

Blue Tile in the Bathroom

Consider redesigning your bathroom to include an array of blue tiles. This can add a sense of comfort and tranquility. Mixing in a variety of light, dark, and middle-range blue or green tiles can give the illusion of a much larger, more open bathroom space. Whether your bathroom contains a shower stall or a spa-style tub, designing a custom tile mosaic can add a touch of sophistication that makes you forget that you’re in your own bathroom.

Blue Tile in the Kitchen

After a long day in your pool and a refreshing shower or bath, what better way to relax than to have a meal in your beautifully redesigned kitchen? Designing a custom blue tile mosaic backsplash is a great way to provide a welcoming space for family and friends to gather during the warm summer months. When you add shades of blue into your kitchen design, you’ll feel a few degrees cooler.

Blue Tile Experts

When you’re ready to revitalize your home with custom blue tile, Blue Water Pool Mosaics is ready to help! No matter what project you choose, we’ll use the same high-quality materials to create your custom project. Blue Water Pool Mosaics has been a family-owned part of the community since 1981. We pride ourselves in having the widest selection of pool mosaic tiles in a variety of styles. A member of our team is ready to help you create your custom design--the best part: all mosaics arrive to you assembled. Contact Blue Water Pool Mosaics today!

Get Trendy With Mural and Reef Pool Mosaics

06/28/2019
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics

As summer moves ahead, you’re probably using your pool more than ever--but how’s it looking? There’s no better time to change the way that your pool looks than today. An easy way to revamp your in-ground pool is to add a custom pool mosaic. If you and your family love spending time in your pool now, imagine how much more fun you’ll have swimming in a pool with a cool mosaic pattern. When you’re ready to design, come to the right experts!

At Blue Water Pool Mosaics, we take pride in offering a variety of mosaic tiles to help you redesign your pool. Bring us an idea of your own or feel free to select an existing design and we’ll work to bring you the beautiful pool you desire! Finding the right experts to design your project is essential to your happiness! In today’s post, we’ll look at the growing popularity of mural and reef pool mosaics.

Mural Mosaics

Mural mosaics are the more flexible of these two options. A pool mural mosaic can take the shape of nearly anything you and your family can imagine. You might consider something abstract, a cityscape, or anything else in between. The only limit is your imagination!

Reef Mosaics

A reef mosaic usually contains elements of ocean life: coral reefs, shells, fish, sharks, and other elements of underwater life. Imagine diving below the surface and seeing all the beauty of life under the sea! You’ll want to stay in the pool all summer long!

Don’t Forget the Extras

Once you’ve decided on the main mosaic piece for your pool, consider adding on some extra features for your pool steps and the other walls. Remember that it’s your pool and you deserve to enjoy it as much this summer as you will for summers to come!

High Quality Mosaics For Every Taste

No matter which type of mosaic you choose, Blue Water Pool Mosaics will use the same high-quality materials to design and construct your mosaic. We use the highest quality tiles in a variety of materials, including glass and glazed. You can even select a photo printed mosaic if that suits your style and budget.

Blue Water Pool Mosaics has been a family-owned part of the community since 1981. We pride ourselves in having the widest selection of pool mosaic tiles in a variety of styles. A member of our team is ready to help you create your custom design--the best part: all mosaics arrive to you assembled. Even better: they are easy to install in your pool. Contact Blue Water Pool Mosaics today!

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We bought a home last year. I was excited about the location and trees/landscaping around the property, however we did not take into consideration the true cost of remodeling the house and of course the POOL. Since I could not afford pebble tech or the new fancy materials to refinish it, we almost considered covering it. Glad we did not! Look what we got by adding new plaster and a few ceramic tile mosaics. We got the ideas and the tiles from you site. Thanks!
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