What is Pool Coping?

If your inground swimming pool is constructed with concrete, it is going to need pool coping. Aside from the fact that coping is a necessary addition to your pool, it also acts as a decorative accent to your pool’s design. Whether you’re starting a brand new pool project or just looking to replace some worn out tile or plaster, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about coping for your pool.

What is pool coping?
Pool Coping is defined as the stone or concrete material that is used to cap the shell wall of your pool. It’s put in place for a variety of reasons including, covering concrete edges and hiding the steel projecting from the pool walls but is also used to prevent water from entering the area behind the pool’s shell. It works by adding separation between the pool and its shell while protecting the pool structure. The final product of your pools coping should integrate with the design of the pool itself.

How should pool coping be installed?
Pool coping, when installed correctly, should slant to send water that is splashed out of the pool away and into the drain decks. It also acts as a non-skid surface for swimmers to walk on safely. It can be made from an array of materials including tile, precast concrete, or natural stone. Ultimately the goal is to create a seamless look between the pool and the deck.

How do you decide on a coping for your pool?
There are multiple factors to consider when choosing the perfect coping for your pool project. The products vary in quality, and each has their list of pros and cons, so it’s important to do the research. Qualities to consider may include the density, slip resistance rating, and how it can react to salt. Because of the constant wet and dry cycle for pool coping, the product is under a lot of pressure, and you want to choose something that is going to meet your expectations.

You might also want to consider the design elements that can change whether or not your pool coping is cohesive. The pool finish, the waterline tiles, and the color are all going to have to work together in order to make a beautiful end product, that you’re going to love.

Another factor that is important to your choice, is the style of pool coping you’d prefer to go with. Typically, you have three styles to choose from including square edge, rebated square edge, or single bullnose. Each one has its own unique qualities and you should look for the choice that is going to best complement existing attributes in your pool.

Here at SoCal Pool Plaster, we believe that pool coping can have a drastic impact on the look and lifespan of your pool, as well as give it the ‘facelift’ it may need. Give us a call today to get a free estimate and bring your pool back to life again.