What is swimming pool coping? The swimming pool contractors from Bella Blue Pools explain that the pool coping is something they discuss with their pool customers, especially when they’re in the midst of a new pool construction project or a pool remodeling project. In a nutshell, pool coping is: is the edging that surrounds the swimming pool. It helps pull the look of the pool together and also adds a barrier between the pool walls and the deck that keeps water from splashing out under the pool.

If your pool contractor hasn’t asked you about pool coping for your project, make sure you bring it up with him because if you don’t add pool coping the pool will look unfinished and simply not be as aesthetically pleasing without it. Coping adds polish and style and a smooth edge. It may also provide a non-slip feature. Coping is the cap between the pool walls and the deck.

What is swimming pool coping?

Coping can be added to provide contrast with the pool or deck or it can be a seamless melding of the two. As with pool liners, coping tiles come in myriad colors, materials and styles. Choose a natural look – formed to resemble stones or pebbles. Choose a colored, poured and stamped (with designs) concrete coping. The style coping you choose is a personal preference as is most everything that goes into your pool design.

You will want to talk with your pool contractor to determine whether you want to use cantilever coping or bullnose coping. Cantilever coping is typically 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 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. Don’t forget to go online and browse Pinterest or pool builder websites and take a look at the coping on the pools of your friends.

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.

A pool coping project can breathe new life and beauty into your pool without much fanfare! If you’re thinking you want to own a pool this year or remodel the pool you currently have to make it more environmentally friendly, give us a call today!