Stunning pool renovation completes stunning view
A spectacular view demands a spectacular pool, and this pool overlooking Beverly Hills didn’t match its stunning surroundings. Not only was it dated, with a design that didn’t flow with the architecture of the property, but it had also been poorly constructed, creating serious problems with water intrusion relative to the perimeter overflow system.
The previous design had circular, wedding cake-like steps and radius coves that weren’t in keeping with the rectangular, hard-angle geometry of the house. The owners engaged Rock Solid Tile to renovate the pool so it would do justice to the stunning view.
The step design was modified to represent a stack of cubes and the pattern was repeated with rectangular pool deck tiles and brick-patterned mosaic glass tiles to match the property.
In all, the team installed 278 m2 of porcelain tile on the pool deck and another 176 m2 of glass mosaics for the pool interior and four rectangular support columns.
Rock Solid Tile owner Jimmy Reed and his team of installers have developed a reputation as experts in surfacing pools with glass tiles. Reed has been a dedicated LATICRETE installer since he discovered the brand in the early 1990s, but he says he has unlocked even more value using LATICRETE products in recent years.
LATICRETE’s Hydro Ban quickly found a home in each specification requiring waterproofing and anti-fracture performance that Reed puts together. Hydro Ban doesn’t require the use of fabric in the field, coves or corners, offering time- and labour-saving benefits for tile and stone contractors.
While this feature alone was a breakthrough for the industry, Hydro Ban also bonds directly to PVC and metal plumbing fixtures, eliminating the time-consuming task of tying out traditional waterproofing membranes to each drain and pipe penetration on the project.
In addition, Hydro Ban can be flood tested in just two hours at 20°C and higher — a time frame that can literally shave days off a project schedule. With this list of attributes, Reed finds that Hydro Ban allows him to submit far more competitive bids on any building project — mosaic glass tile pools or otherwise.
“LATICRETE Hydro Ban is just a great product. We exclusively specify this product for every installation of tile and stone we do that requires a waterproofing membrane,” said Reed.
“The owner wanted only the best products to be used. That was the answer every time we asked. That means LATICRETE to us, and that means LATICRETE Hydro Ban for this crucial step in the process.”
To prepare the pool, the Rock Solid Tile team pressure washed the pool shell to remove any debris. Next, in order to provide a bond coat on the pool shell, they applied a slurry coat of LATICRETE 254 Platinum thin-set adhesive. (In Australia, 345 Platinum is the equivalent product.) At that point, they roller applied (and brush applied in certain areas) two coats of Hydro Ban for waterproofing and anti-fracture protection over the entire pool shell. Reed also packed each drain and pipe penetration with hydraulic cement, brushed on two coats of Hydro Ban and moved on to the next step.
Reed selected the strength and easy workability of LATICRETE 254 Platinum — what he calls “the best thin-set out there for installing glass tile pools” — in the colour white to set the 50.8 x 101.6 mm glass tiles in the colour Quartz from Mirage Spectra.
In keeping with the owner’s wishes to use only the best products, Reed specified LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO Grout to complete the glass tile pool. Providing good colour uniformity, durability and stain resistance in an epoxy grout with ease of use, SpectraLOCK PRO Grout in Latte colour was the ideal choice to match the smooth-coloured Quartz mosaics.
The product is tough, durable and stain and crack resistant. Its long open time (up to 80 minutes at 20°C) was an important factor for Reed when working on an intricate mosaic glass tile installation that had to be perfect.
With the pool tiling successfully completed, the Rock Solid Tile team finished up the project by installing a rectangular staggered pattern more suited to the property’s design with Tecno porcelain tiles for the pool deck. Using the same installation materials and methods, two coats of Hydro Ban were roller applied for waterproofing and anti-fracture protection up to the US industry standard of 3 mm.
The Italian-made porcelain tiles from Tecno were set with LATICRETE 254 Platinum thin-set, which far exceeds the ANSI A118.4 and A118.11 requirements.
“LATICRETE 254 Platinum is the best thin-set out there. For me, it’s like purchasing very inexpensive insurance. It’s top shelf, and that’s what this client expected,” said Reed.
With 40 colours of SpectraLOCK PRO Grout to choose from, Reed matched the porcelain tiles’ colour and selected the colour Mocha for the pool deck surround.
SpectraLOCK PRO Grout inhibits the growth of stain-causing mould and mildew in the grout joints with Microban antimicrobial product protection. This epoxy-based grout outperforms similar cement-based products and is quicker and easier to clean up, particularly when exposed to direct sunlight on exterior glass tile installations.
“This pool and the whole back terrace came out looking gorgeous,” said Reed.
“LATICRETE products had a lot to do with that. The owner is a private person who enjoys her home. She was very concerned with aesthetics and wanted her surroundings to be the ultimate. She’s very happy with the outcome.”
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