Everything You Need to Know About Swimming Pool Coping

Installing a swimming pool in your backyard involves a little more than just digging a hole in the backyard and filling it with water. There are a number of design and functionality hurdles you’ll need to jump through during both the design and the construction process.

One of the essential parts of this process is installing pool coping. But, what is it, why is it important and who can install it for you?

Here, we look at the answers to some of the most frequently asked pool coping questions.

What is Pool Coping?

Pool coping, sometimes referred to as pool edging or pool edge pavers, is the cap or edging that’s placed around the top rim of a swimming pool. The main purpose of pool coping is to protect the pool structure while separating the swimming pool from the adjacent surface area.

On a more aesthetic level, pool coping provides a visually appealing finish, as well as a more defined edge to the pool. When incorporating pool coping, you can use it as a stand-alone feature, or you can integrate it with your pool decking or paving for a more seamless finish.

When installing pool coping, it needs to be applied to a stable surface, usually a pool beam (a layer of concrete), which is laid around the pool so the pavers can be safely installed on the substrate.

What to Consider When Choosing Your Pool Coping

When choosing your pool coping, you’ll have a few options you can choose from. Which one you choose will depend on the aesthetic you prefer.

Your options include:

  • Drop down face pool coping, where the tile has a lip that fits over the edge of the pool, which hides the rim and makes the surface of the water appear to be flush with the coping.
  • Square edged, which creates a clean look, as the edges of the paver are square. This is a popular choice for homeowners who want to achieve a contemporary aesthetic in their backyard.
  • Bullnose is another option, as it provides a softer, more traditional or heritage finish. This type of coping has one or more edges and is available in a few variations.
  • Tumbled edge pool coping is a little different to the other pool coping options, as it has an intentionally uneven edge profile that gives the pool’s rim a rustic look.

What’s Pool Coping Constructed From?

Pool coping can be made from a few different materials with the most popular option being natural stone. The coping can be made from bluestone, travertine, limestone, sandstone, slate, and granite.

While natural stone coping can come with a slightly higher price tag, it’s incredibly durable and adds character to your pool design. Available in a range of different colours and textures, you can easily seal your stone to prevent water damage.

Australian Slate & Stones Pool Coping/Capping Range

Our comprehensive selection of world-class pool coping/capping is cut from various different materials and sizes:

  • Ivory Travertine
  • Bluestone Pavers
  • Charcoal Flamed Granite Pavers
  • Light Flamed Granite
  • Sandstone Tiles
  • Sandstone Pavers
  • Teakwood Sandstone

All of our pool coping/capping products will add a sense of depth to your pool surround, while also ensuring your outdoor space is less dingy and more like a premium resort.

Australian Slate & Stone’s premium selection of pool coping/capping can be used in a variety of applications, including:

  • Pool waterfalls/water features
  • Entranceways
  • Sidewalks
  • Patios
  • Pool surrounds
  • Outdoor areas
  • Outdoor and pool steps

Contact us today, to see how we can help transform your space into an enviable port of relaxation that oozes style and sophistication.