Pool Coping is important essentially for the following 3 reasons:
- Protection – pool coping offers protection to the pool shell. Water splashes hit the coping and are directed away from the pool itself, protecting the integrity of the pool and improving its potential lifespan.
- Safety – the pool coping makes for a smoother & safer entry into or exit from the pool.
- Decoration & Style – aesthetically the pool coping will add beauty and style to your pool landscape.
Types of Pool Coping
Before choosing your pool coping consider what look you want, the colouring you prefer and the overhang or depth you want the coping to have.
There most popular types of pool coping are:
- Pencil round – this style of pool coping offers a contemporary look to your pool landscape.
- Bullnose – a more traditional, solid looking coping that has a rounded profile.
- Dropdown edge pencil round – latest style of pool coping that is growing in popularity.
- Square edge – occasionally clients use the square edge of a tumbled paver as coping.
Pencil round coping
Dropdown edge pencil round Silhouette Grey granite
Sizing of Pool Coping
The size of the pool coping will depend on the type of stone you choose. You can check the sizing across the range of natural stone pool coping here. Most commonly used pool coping is 600x400mm or 400x400mm modules. Other sizes can be ordered in with approximately 12 weeks lead time. You will also need to decide on the depth of your coping – or what the overhang will look like. All coping can be matched to a paver or tile to ensure consistency with your pool surrounds.
Finishes of Pool Coping
To ensure you have made your pool area as safe as possible it is important to give serious consideration to the finish of the pavers or tiles you choose. While ensuring the pool area is beautiful, natural stone can also offer a practical solution around pools. Anti-slip, tumbled or flamed finished tiles and pavers make for a wise choice.
At Sareen Stone we offer slip ratings for many of our most popular stone products. You are always welcome to visit our Showroom to discuss your options with one of our knowledgeable Staff.
Protecting your Pool Coping
All natural stone is porous to some extent. To protect your investment we recommend you seal your stone. If you are installing a salt water pool, StoneTech® offers a Salt Water Resistant Sealer that will provide high performance, is water based and suitable for porous tile, natural stone, concrete, terracotta and grout.
Constant splashing of salt water onto porous stone and concrete, which are commonly used for decking and coping, can cause these surfaces to deteriorate. The salt water from splash-outs penetrates into porous stone and concrete, causing pitting and flaking of the surface, also known as “spalling”.