A pool design that features pool coping around the edge of the pool deck

There are many elements involved when building a custom pool. One example is pool coping, which forms the edge of your inground pool. It directs any water that splashes out into the deck drains and can visually distinguish your pool from its surroundings. You should consider what type of coping you want to use and how it should look when you are designing your new pool.

More information about pool coping:

The Purpose of Pool Coping

During the pool building process, the upper surface (bond beam) of the pool wall will usually have exposed metal. The coping covers this while creating a protective cap at the edge of your pool. It also provides swimmers with a sturdy surface for exiting the water. Pool coping often slants slightly outward to help direct water into drains. It is also designed to prevent water from getting behind the pool shell. In addition to the functional purposes of coping, it can create a pleasing visual contrast.

Coping Options

There are multiple different options for coping. Consulting with your pool designer can help you determine which will work best for your aesthetic and functional desires.

Style

Coping should work with the other elements of your pool to create a beautiful design. It should also match with the overall style of your pool. Many people choose coping that stands out as a strong visual border. This can be accomplished by using a different color, material, or shape than the rest of the pool deck. However, some pool owners prefer coping that blends with the rest of the deck. You can either match the pool coping with the deck or extend the deck to serve the same purpose as coping, depending on your specific design.

Material

Coping needs to be able to withstand exposure to water and pool chemicals. It also expands and contracts frequently as it gets wet and then dries out again. As a result, you should choose a material that is durable.

Some choices include:

  • Travertine: Travertine is an excellent material for around your pool because it is slip-resistant, durable, and cool to the touch. You can also customize the shape, color, and size of these natural stone tiles to match exactly how you want your pool coping to look.
  • Brick: This is one of the most common choices for coping because it is durable, affordable, customizable, and easily available. Another benefit is that it’s easier to replace individual bricks if there is any damage.
  • Concrete: Concrete coping is sturdy and water-resistant. You can choose concrete pavers or can use custom-poured concrete. Although poured concrete has a higher cost than pre-cast, it creates a more seamless blend with the pool deck.

Build a Beautiful Custom Pool

At Pools by Design, we create gorgeous custom pools and we pay attention to every detail, including coping. We will work with you throughout the design process to help create a pool that is beautiful, functional, and unique to you.

Contact us today to schedule a free pool design consultation.