Carrara marble pool waterline

marblepoolSeptember 7, 2012

Hi there,

We are resurfacing our pool at the moment including the replacement of the waterline tile. We would like to use a carrara marble mosaic (see attached picture) that is 3/8" thick. The marble is honed so that etching should not be a huge problem. Would this kind of marble be suitable for a pool waterline? Does anyone have experience with a marble waterline?

One tile guy was concerned that when water gets behind the marble and it freezes, the tile might just come of the wall. However, we are located in Sacramento, California - we have temperatures around 32F for usually 1-2 nights a year. Thank you for the advice!

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Get with a very knowledgeable stone person prior to doing this.
You have it backwards on the honed surface. The honed surface actually makes it more porous. That surface can be effected by the slightest amount of acidicness, as it will essentially dissolve the honed surface leaving a very dull and chalky look. If you did a tumbled, or some brushed marbles it would not have that sheen, so less of an issue.

I personally wouldn't recommend it.
Carrara marble also contains a small amount of iron, and when subjected to constant moisture it can yellow.
Just my Two cents.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2012 at 3:48PM
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