Swimming pool coping is the part of your in ground swimming pool that finished off the pool and gives it a quality appearance. Without coping a swimming pool looks unfinished; without it a pool appears classless and without style. Not only is pool coping decorative while finishing off the look of the pool it also offers a safety feature; coping offers a non-slip, smooth edge to your in ground swimming pool.
More often than not an attractive paving is laid around the pool area. Your pool coping will really stand out is this paving is in a contrasting color to the in ground swimming pool coping.
When choosing pool coping you have a lot of options to choose from. Coping tiles come in a variety of styles, colors and materials. From expensive travertine to inexpensive poured concrete there is material that will enhance your pools natural beauty. Styles include bullnose coping which allows the concrete to be poured butting up to the lip of the pool whereas cantilever style coping extends over the lip of the pool wall.
Natural stone is an option many pool owners choose when it comes to coping. Natural stone pool coping is available using a variety of materials including sandstone, marble, granite, limestone, travertine and bluestone. Natural stone usually comes in tile form however can be cut to fit bends and corners. You can choose to treat the stone with sealer or not. If you choose not the treat the stone it will weather naturally enhancing the stones beauty.
Concrete coping can be installed in pre-made forms or poured into formers surrounding the pool. Concrete is versatile and can be patterned using stamps, colored and distressed making it look like more expensive coping materials but without the cost or expensive maintenance. Poured concrete is a material that is easy to work with and is laid without the work required in installing natural stone coping.
Brick, porcelain tiles and natural clay bricks are all alternatives when it comes to in ground swimming pool coping. When choosing a material for your pool coping look at your overall budget and decide what you are willing to allocate on coping. This will help narrow down the options as you will be limited by a smaller budget on your material choices. This however does not mean that you can’t have a more expensive look using poured concrete. Contact a professional pool plasterer that specializes in all aspects of pool services including coping, tile, plaster resurfacing, caulking, decking and more.