As you design an in-ground pool, one of the elements that you’ll need to consider is the coping. Pool coping is the cap on the swimming pool edge. It is mounted on the bond beam, directly on top of the pool structure. Typically it is about a foot wide, with larger widths used for elevated pool areas. As you check out pool coping trends, it is important to think about what you value most for your pool. Do you want smooth coping that serves as comfortable seating? Or do you prefer rocks or other materials that offer a more natural aesthetic? The following list includes some of the most popular pool coping trends.
Do you have a brick house? Regardless of the age and style of your brick house, coordinating pool coping can be a great choice. Brick coping is available in a wide range of shades, making it relatively simple to find a close color pairing. If you have additional brick in the yard, such as brick garden enclosures, consider matching the pool with this brick as well. Choose from standard bricks and safety bricks with rounded edges. Brick coping costs between $25 and $30 per linear foot.
The biggest difference between brick coping and paver coping is the edge of the brick that faces the pool. Paver coping has a smooth edge similar to regular pavers while brick coping has a rounded or bull-nose edge. Paver costs between $20 to $25 per linear foot.
Travertine / Natural Stone
If you are interested in a natural feel for your pool coping, stone can be an excellent choice. Keep in mind that indigenous stone is always less expensive than imported stone. Shipping or transporting rock costs are high. Experienced pool builders will be able to fill you in on the best local stone options for your pool. Travertine or natural stone coping costs anywhere from $35 to $55 per square foot.
Cantilevered Concrete Coping
Concrete coping is a simple, classic pool coping choice. With a range of $6 to $10 per linear foot, it is a considerably cheaper option than many other popular coping choices. It is essential to seek out a knowledgeable pool builder who knows how to pour concrete to ensure that the job is done correctly the first time. A poor concrete job can result in cracks and other serious issues that warrant expensive repairs.
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