A pool coping is that part of your swimming pool where the water and the concrete pool deck meets. It serves as a border or frame that identifies the swimming pool from the rest of the deck or landscaping around it. There are many different ways you can make it distinct, either in color or design. Also, there are different types of pool deck coping for you to choose from. Make sure that you consult a local contractor to find the best type that suits your needs.
Poured Concrete Coping
If you are after a clean, contemporary look, poured concrete is the way to go. Since this is poured around the deck, there will be no joints or seams. So, it is one continuous unit, making the pool appear larger and cleaner.
This is the best type for those in a budget. Each coping unit has already been precast with a design or texture and all you have to do is to fit it along with pieces of its own kind to form the coping. It is also a lot easier to install and replace.
Natural Stone Coping
There are many different types of natural stone that you can use as coping, such as flagstone, travertine, limestone, and more. This costs a bit more especially if the stone you want is not readily available within your region. Also, it will require a professional install.
Porcelain Tile Coping
Tile has always been a popular material for outdoor use, especially those areas that get wet often, like the pool deck. It is easily installed on a concrete pool deck and it comes in a wide variety of colors and shapes. Choose the porcelain type because it is less porous, harder, and less vulnerable to stains. There are textured types available now, which are safer since they are slip-resistant.
A pool coping may seem unnecessary to some but it actually is highly recommended by pool professionals. It serves as a cap for the edge of the swimming pool, keeping water from entering the pool shell. It is something that swimmers can hold on to or a place to sit on if you just want to cool your feet down. Make sure to choose something that is appealing and functional. If you are unsure on the right type to use with the type of pool and deck that you have, do not hesitate to consult a pro.