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Pool Coping Design & Build

Pool coping should be beautiful but it also serves an important purpose in contributing to the safety of your pool.

What is Pool Coping?

Coping is the material or edge installed around the top perimeter of a swimming pool to provide a finished appearance, assist with water drainage, and offer a safe and comfortable edge for swimmers.

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As the pool perimeter, coping can be completed using any number of materials including brick, brick tile, travertine, stone, lueders, etc. It serves to separate the bond beam from existing directly beneath the decking as that will help prevent future cracking but it also gives anyone swimming in your pool something stable to grab should they need help. Coping adds a touch of stylish sophistication to your poolside, enhancing both safety and aesthetic appeal with its carefully crafted design.

Pool Coping Styles & Materials

Porcelain Coping

Utilizing the same material for the decking and the field can create a modern, seamless look. It can also provide a lower profile outer edge which can fit in with a mid-century modern vibe.

Flagstone Coping

Long the standard for an “upgraded” coping selection, flagstone has begun taking a backseat to other materials. The largest reason for the shift is the layered nature of the stone which causes the coping to degrade over time.

Carvestone Coping

Carvestone is the only overlay product on the market suitable for overlaying stable, existing concrete. One thing to note is that your existing grout lines will mirror through a Carvestone overlay.

Lueders Coping

Lueders stone coping provides an excellent option for your pool perimeter. It’s not only beautiful but it’s also temperature moderate if it’s installed in a lighter color. It’s uniquely suited for combining beauty and durability.

Travertine Coping

Travertine coping can be installed with an eased edge or as a bull nose, as 5cm or 3cm, conventionally or as remodel, in light color or in dark, as 12x12 or 4x12 or 12x24…..Needless to say, the right option for you exists.

Calibrated Coping

If using a calibrated paver for the pool deck, securing a matching calibrated material can be wise. The main benefit of a calibrated coping material is that it’s manufactured to be the exact same thickness as the decking.

Types of Pools We Build

Resort Style Pools

A pool doesn’t have to just be a hole in the ground. It can remind you of that special trip to Mexico or the Caymans or the Bahamas every time you step outside.

Hideaway Pools

After a long week at work, the idea that a custom hideaway is just steps away can change your evening. Let’s design and build the perfect backyard escape today.

Diving Pools

For decades, diving pools were a staple in Texan’s backyards. A diving pool typically consists of an 8-10’ depth and a steep incline from shallow to deep. It’s also the way we all grew up swimming.

Contemporary Pools

A pool doesn’t have to be big to make a statement. The shape, furniture, light color, step orientation, decking material and coping color can all combine to create the modern vibe you’re looking for.

Pool Coping Installation Process

1. Surface Prep

We’ll remove the existing coping and as much of the mortar bed as is necessary before beginning to build back.

2. Tailoring

Some materials are better for freeform shape while others more naturally lend themselves to a geometric pool.

3. Crafting

Each stone is installed individually and needs to be carefully considered before being laid in place.

4. Walkthrough

Once your coping is in place, we’ll often complete an acid wash and then refill your pool before turning it back over to you.

Pool Coping Costs

While the costs for coping materials can vary greatly, the coping selected will typically not be a huge driver in the overall cost of your project. We recommend your coping as an area to splurge. It’s where selecting the right material can bring the entire space together.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to repair concrete pool coping?

More often than not, coping is only in need of repair because the stone or tile itself has lost its bond. We can often reseat the coping material in order to salvage most of the material.

How to clean pool coping?

Generally a garden hose and some soap will clean it up.

How to cut pool coping curved/can you cut curved coping?

With a freeform pool, we often recommend using a smaller material (4x12 or 12x12) so you have fewer cuts along the way.

What paint to use for pool coping?

We do not recommend any solutions that require paint.

Can existing pool coping be replaced?

Yes. It only becomes tricky if you aren’t replacing the waterline tile or the decking. The waterline tile shares a mortar bed with the coping and can be difficult to salvage as the coping is being demolished. If the decking is staying, you’ll just need to be aware that we’ll need to replace the coping with a material that perfectly fits the void created by your old coping material.