Using Mexican Tile Outdoors in Cold or Warm Climates

There is nothing like having beautiful and inviting tiled outdoor spaces around your home. Have you dreamed of using beautiful, colorful Mexican tile in your swimming pool, spa or fountain but are afraid to because you live in a cold climate that freezes and thaws in the winter months? Or perhaps you would love to create an inviting outdoor kitchen, barbecue, stair risers or patio space using Mexican tile, but have the same fears.


Use ceramic Mexican tile for outdoor projects in warm climates and porcelain Mexican tile for cold climates.

What you need to know:

  1. Ceramic Mexican tiles are fired at high temperatures and are absolutely fine for swimming pools and fountains in mild climates where there is no danger of freezing. Again, don’t be misled by claims of tile being “frost-proof”.  Even ceramic tile will over time, absorb water and if allowed to then freeze, it will crack.  It will NOT crack if it does not freeze.  Only porcelain tiles should be used in climates with frost risk.  Our entire Ceramic Especial Collection can be made into Porcelain.


  1. Porcelain Mexican tile are fired to extremely high temperatures to achieve a truly waterproof tile. Porcelain is not affected by freezing temperatures and can be used in any outdoor tile project including swimming pools, spas and fountains. Expect to pay more for a porcelain tile, the peace of mind is well worth the price.  Some colors and very finely detailed designs don’t translate well into porcelain.   You also cannot get a matte finish in porcelain. What you DO get is beautiful outdoor tile and peace of mind.


Think of all the ways you can enhance your outdoor living spaces with bright, exciting Mexican Tile!  Here is an example of front door trim using Mexican tile.  Also consider planters, window trim, patio walls and more.


Call Mexican Tile Designs today for more ideas and free design help: 970385-7273, or email


Use Bright, Beautiful Decorative Mexican Pool Tiles

Who said all pools and spas have to look the same and all the tile be a single drab color? Why not use Mexican pool tile to make an extraordinary pool like no other that reflects your own sense of style and fun?


Ceramic or Porcelain Mexican pool tile at the waterline and on steps and benches, adds a dramatic and exciting line of color and design. You can make it as simple or complex as you’d like.


Talented Mexican Tile Designs staff are happy to help you with free design and planning help.


Featured tile: Cruz Azul  SKU 20340

Ceramic Mexican pool tile is best used in warmer climates that never freeze, while porcelain Mexican pool tile is ideal for cold climates. The entire Mexican Tile Designs pool tile collection is available in both ceramic and porcelain.



Palacio Rojo SKU 20291

Don’t forget to add flash and flair around the pool as well on walls, planters and outdoor kitchens.


Call toll free 866-320-1628 or email today to discuss your pool project .


Do you want your pool or spa to be extraordinary? Are you tired of pale blue and beige? Do you want to incorporate color and design and creativity into your pool?

There are hundreds of beautiful tiles at Mexican Tile Designs that can add brilliance to your pool waterline, to pool steps and to pool enclosure walls.

You want to be sure to use CERAMIC tile, not red-clay tile for a pool, as ceramic is fired at high temperatures and is much more durable and does not absorb moisture like red clay does. If you live in a climate where the weather fluctuates between freeze and thaw in the winter—you may need porcelain tile.

Check out these stunning options from among hundreds in our Prima ceramic tile line (all of which can be made into porcelain as well):

Santa Barbara style Mexican Prima tileSanta Barbara style Mexican Prima tileSanta Barbara style Mexican Prima tile

Border tile for pools, spas and fountainsBorder tile for pools, spas and fountainsBorder tile for pools, spas and fountains

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Arts & Crafts style Mexican tileArts & Crafts style Mexican tileArts & Crafts style Mexican tile

Or any of these from among our Especial ceramic line:

Mexican tile border for poolsMexican tile border for poolsMexican tile border for pools

Pool trim tilePool trim tilePool trim tile

Mexican border tile for poolsMexican border tile for poolsMexican border tile for pools

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Give the friendly folks at Mexican Tile Designs a call today at 1-866-320-1628 and let us help you create the SPECTACULAR pool of your dreams!

Look at these examples and then imagine YOUR amazing new pool!

Mexican tile trim in swimming pool       pool wall

pool divider wall        wow mex tile in pool