What Is The Purpose Of Swimming Pool Coping?

by Pool Builders on 09-27-2011 in Articles

Do you know what swimming pool coping is and what it does? If you don't know, you need to immediately find a qualified swimming pool remodeler and ask him or her to explain it to you. Simply put, coping is the edging that surrounds your swimming pool and really pulls the look together. If you had your swimming pool built and didn't have coping installed your pool can look unfinished. Coping adds polish and style, but not only that, it is an additional layer of safety providing a smooth edge and adding a non-slip feature. Think of coping as a cap between the pool walls and the deck.

You can add coping that can either contrast with your pool or deck design or you can have your coping be a seamless melding of the two. As with swimming pool liners, coping tiles come in myriad colors, materials and styles. You can choose from a natural look - formed to resemble stones or pebbles - or you can choose a colored, poured and stamped (with designs) concrete coping. The style you use is truly a personal preference. In addition to style and design you will want to talk to your remodeler about whether you should use cantilever coping or bullnose coping. Cantilever coping is usually used with brick, concrete and stone and will extend of the lip of the swimming pool; the bullnose style is used with concrete decking and will abut the pool lip.

When you're shopping for coping - whether for a new construction project or a remodel or renovation - browse your pool builder's selection of natural stone coping. Natural stone styles are available in granite, marble, sandstone, marble, limestone or even bluestone. The coping is typically in tile format and is cut to mold to the walls and corners. If you're looking for a smooth finish you will want a honed-stone coping style. Standard pool coping material offers rough texture.

If you opt for concrete coping it will either be formed and poured onsite, or your pool builder will bring precast coping for the project. The concrete coping is one you will need to choose a color or pattern for unless you want to keep it natural and let it weather naturally as well.

Porcelain tiles are also another option that provides myriad patterns and color choices. Keep in mind that brick is the most durable coping material and can also be colored from light gray to beige to dark red and black-browns - remember though, the darker the color the hotter it will be to the feel under the summer sun. Stone coping is becoming a more popular choice because of its durability and the fact that it remains cool to the touch. With the variety of textures and colors, stone is a great match for many pools and spas.

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