SPAS, POOLS and PATIOS

Swimming pools are more than just a place to unwind and get relief from the scorching heat. Neither it is a mere facility in your home for exercise. Ideally, your swimming pool should also play a crucial role in enhancing the beauty of your home. Swimming pool is one of the biggest decorative elements in your home and you can make the most out of it if you’ll get a matching landscape design for the pool deck and its surroundings.

Mosaic pictures are a great way to personalise your pool. Plenty of them are available in 4in X 4in tiles and 6in X 6in tiles, as both suite pools and spas very well. Pool tile sizes tend to follow fashion and what is desirable is subject to different taste. Generally smaller tiles denote a more opulent look and feel, but that is up
to personal interpretation.

Normally you match the tiles used in your picture to match the tiles used in the rest of  the pool, i.e. if you use ceramic tiles in the waterline, it looks best if you use ceramic tiles in your picture. There are also blends of colors as well as solid ones for those who prefer a classical look !

Mosaic pictures laid into your pool provide an excellent opportunity to personalize your swimming pool and its surrounding areas such as feature walls. Several shops offer ready made (usually ceramic) mosaic pictures and custom made mosaic murals.

The ready made ceramic motifs do not allow you to change colours and sizes, whereas custom made mosaic picture designs are hand made for you so you can specify exactly the design, size, colors and types of ceramic mosaic tiles used.

Popular ceramic mosaic border tiles (or authentic waterline border tiles) add interest and are available in a multitude of colors and tile sizes. With ceramic patterned tiles you can achieve either a traditional or minimalist look and can choose a tile to either compliment or contrast your pool’s interior color. Many people select their tile colors to match their pool paving, house trim colors or to fit in with an overall colour scheme.

 

A decorative waterline border will provide the finishing touch for your setting and an authentic tiled  waterline protects your investment and makes cleaning the pool easy. A decorative waterline border will provide the finishing touch for your pool. Choose a border tile to either match or contrast your paving or interior colour. A tiled waterline protects your investment and makes cleaning easy.

The borders are examples of what can be achieved using ceramic mosaics in a diamond pattern, whereas tide borders are a simple yet effective way to add a little or a lot of color to a plain waterline tile. The possibilities are endless and you can create your own pattern.

In addition, the cross hatch pattern looks great in single or multi-colours. For those favoring a minimalist look, you can’t beat a cross hatch border in one color. Its look is understated, yet elegant. Multi-color designs enable you to bring extra life to the pool. The cross hatch pattern can be made out of various tile sizes. This design can be made deeper by incorporating extra rows of tiles. This is particularly helpful when renovating older pools as their skimmer box was often set lower than today’s pools. The 100mm cross hatch border looks great on feature walls. Sheer descent waterfalls can be placed between the top of the tiles and the next row down.

Many color combinations to choose from every taste can be satisfied. You can even devise your own color scheme and patterns. Simply specify each!

White is very popular as the contrast color and makes it easy for swimmers to see the wall of the pool. Any pattern can also incorporate a row of thin tiles at the bottom. This is often done in fully tiled pools to delineate between the border and the rest of the tiles.

Matching ceramic mosaics set square for use on feature walls or as step marker tiles. Step markers are often used as a safety feature in pools to indicate the edges of steps, swim outs and benches, to assist with depth perception when entering or leaving the pool.

But, why tile your pools? 
There surely benefits! Lining a pool with tiles has long been regarded as the premium finish for swimming pools. Tiles are regarded highly due to their appearance and superior durability. On a practical level, they are easier to clean than cement based rendered surfaces such as pebblecrete used in concrete pools and require less maintenance. Especially CERAMIC tiles !

Ceramic VERSUS glass mosaic tiles
In general there are two types of tiles used as pool mosaics – ceramic mosaics and glass mosaics. Traditional pool mosaics are ceramic mosaics. They have been used in pools for centuries and stand the test of time. Tilers also love laying them as they stick to pools really well. Whereas, glass mosaics don’t have the same pores as ceramic tiles which means that tilers need to add extra latex additives to help them stick to the shell of the pool. Glass mosaics are generally more expensive than ceramic ones to buy and lay.

Why use Waterline Tiles?
Waterline tiles provide the final finishing touch for your pool. Aesthetically, they allow you to match or contrast your pool colour and/or pool’s surroundings. Tiles can also help to make the pool bluer by using a dark blue waterline tile with a light colored interior. Furthermore, waterline tiles avoid having a dry, washed out look between the coping and the water that you can get with render finishes. Waterline tiles greatly increase the ease of cleaning the dirt that deposits on the walls of the pool at the waterline.

LAST BUT LEAST, BENEFITS OF FULLY TILING
Fully tiling a pool is certainly regarded as the premium finish for concrete pools. Tiles are extremely durable as well as offering almost limitless design choices. They look fantastic, are easy to maintain and most importantly are gentle on your feet due to their silky smoothness.

As for PATIOS, imagine transforming your outdoor patio space into one that invites conversation as well as contemplation. The patio design with ceramic tile ranges from rustic to sophisticated, elegant or even whimsical… The patio is such an important part of the home. This is where you go to relax, enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or meet the family for dinner. It’s especially instrumental for a Florida home and elsewhere, so why not make it as beautiful as the rest of your home with really cool patio tile trends? You can transform your backyard space using ceramic tiles.

Patio ceramic tiles  
Ceramic tiles are a popular choice for a patio area as ceramic requires very little maintenance and can withstand extreme temperatures, in addition to be VERY easy to clean. You’ll find many diverse looks to choose. You can create a patio floor design with one size tile or by combining different sizes into a pattern.

You realize that the colors of the patio tiles are too plain, boring, not warm enough – the entire patio design lacks some color. You decide to do something about it. You have an idea of getting some colorful hand painted patio ceramic tiles to liven up the design of your patio. Therefore there’s nothing like ceramic patio floral mosaics to cheer it up !

This fantastic and so artful ceramic tile mural is installed to add color to your patio tile. There are other colors, designs and sizes to choose from. Any of these ceramic patio tiles are custom painted with cobalt blues, yellows, turquoise, greens, etc. to accommodate your patio design ideas and color scheme.

Another idea is integrating single patio tile designs in between other patio tiles. You can place these single tiles geometrically, or horizontally. These single patio tiles have designs of colorful birds, peacocks, flowers, fish, floral repeating patterns, and also horizontal border tile designs which make a horizontal repeating pattern.

About SPAs
Although a spa resort’s visual appeal may not be top of mind when one is partaking of its offerings, the way it looks has a huge impact on how it makes one feel. Thankfully some of the world’s best new hotel spas have made high design a priority. The last few years have seen aesthetically ambitious spas carved out of the most unlikely of locations (a monastery basement, for instance). The starriest of starchitects (Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel) and the biggest of big-name designers (Giorgio Armani, Jacques Garcia, Philippe Starck) have been enlisted. And why not? History is full of beautiful buildings in which to beautify ourselves: from those in Thermae of ancient Greece and the Roman baths of, well, Bath, to the sanatoriums of Baden-Baden in Germany and Louis Kahn’s Trenton Bath House in New Jersey.

In Tunisia, North Africa, spas are a tradition. The country is the second world best after France in thalassotherapy in spas. They are all located directly on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Featured hotels and spas are located directly on the coast with fabulous sea views. Inspired by the evocative atmosphere of ancient Roman thermal baths, luxurious of 3,500 sqm spas are one of the most reputable thalasso spa destinations in the Mediterranean, is sanctuaries devoted to wellness.

One of them is the first spa on the African continent and in Tunisia to partner with global spa leader, ESPA, bringing results-driven facials and body treatments designed exclusively for the resort and personalised for each individual guest. Experience the cleansing and purifying influences of Northern Tunisia’s sun-nurtured indigenous plants combined with the refreshing, uplifting elements of the Mediterranean Sea. Customers submit to the caring hands of experienced specialists, dedicated to nurturing them to new levels of rejuvenation and well-being with a wide range of thalasso, medical and beauty therapies.

A highlight of any stay, spas feature treatment rooms, oriental hammams, saunas, and patios for relaxation between treatments. For the ultimate relaxation, customers slip into the warm waters of recreational seawater swimming pools, covered by majestic cupolas and surrounded by verdant garden views.

As for pool and spa maintenance, remember that pure, healthy, clean water is easily achievable by regularly testing your pool water and keeping the chemicals within their set levels.

Summer Pool Safety Tips:
It’s hard not to go crazy in a pool, especially for kids. Pools create a refreshing avenue for play and fun that kids and adults can’t get enough of, and it can be fairly easy for them to get into accidents that can cause injury or endanger lives. You can play in the pool and have fun with simple summer pool safety tips that give everyone freedom to roam around yet be secure at the same time.

1- Never Leave Children Unsupervised
Always keep an eye on your kids by going wherever they are, especially when you are in a resort where there are multiple selections of pool to swim in. If you are not a good swimmer yourself, always make sure that you go to a pool where there’s a lifeguard on duty so that someone is there to save your kid in case there’s an accident.

2- Provide Life Vests
Give weak swimmers or people who are just learing to swim approved life vests or other floatation devices that can help minimize the risk of drowning. It will give them buoyancy that will be help them recover immediately in case they trip while playing in the pool or when they winded. However, parents should not be reliant on vests alone. Some children still drown even with life vests on, so never let your guard down while your kids are inside the pool.  Steer clear from inflatable swimming aids or “floaties” as they are not as stable and dependable as life vets

3- Install a Fence and Gate
Close in your pool with a four-sided fence with a secure gate following pool fencing laws and regulations.  By standard, a pool or spa that has a depth of 30cm (300mm) or more should be secured with a safety barrier, and that includes inflatable pools.

4- Watch Out For Numbers
Public pools usually have numbers written on boards as well as at the sides of the pool to inform swimmers about the depth of the pool. Only go to the a depth that you can manage, and never let children go to a depth where they cannot touch the floor with their toes comfortably.

5- Wear Sunscreen
Sun screen with at least SPF 30 plus UVA and UVB protection should be applied 15-30 minutes before going in the pool. It should be re-applied 45-60 minutes later as sweat at pool water can wash away the product from the skin. This will help prevent sunburn and as well as reduce the risk of getting skin cancer, especially if you are in the pool when the sun is high. It is recommended, though, that you stay away from the sun peak hours to prevent UV damage.

6- Promote Pool Discipline
Although it’s fun to run around and push each other, it’s always better to practice discipline so that you cannot yourself as well as others during pool play time. Don’t run around the pool, or do too much roughhousing especially with smaller kids. Follow pool regulations that public pools enforce to help keep everyone safe and have a good time.  Make your swimming pool fun and safe at the same time. Always make sure that you employ safety measures so that you have a safe, yet fun summer as you enjoy your pool.