A crucial element of any pool is the paving and coping around it. These elements are often overlooked during the pool design process but play a large part in the final look of the pool.

Coping is required to stop water from getting underneath the pool. Paving is also needed to avoid stepping out of the pool onto a slippery surface.

What is Pool Coping?

Pool coping is the section that lies around the shell of a pool, separating it from the paving. It protects the pool structure by preventing water from getting in beneath the pool shell. Well-designed coping allows water to splash against it without letting any seep in.

Pool Coping Options

Pool coping is available in many materials. These include granite, porcelain, sandstone, travertine, and more. Choosing a type of natural stone that is dense and non-porous is an excellent choice that will be attractive and durable if you’re after a more cost-effective option. Brick and concrete function well.

A 20mm coping is the most common type, but you can buy rebated managing in 40mm or even up to 100mm thicknesses. Pool coping comes in 2 main options: single bullnose and square edge.

Single Bullnose

This older style of coping is not often installed on modern pools anymore. However, the curved appearance can look flawless with an older-style pool.

Square Edge

Square edge coping is likely to be the style you have seen more often, as it’s used in more contemporary pools. You can also get rebated square edge coping, which offers a thicker edge to protect your pool shell even more.

Pool Paving Options

So, what about around the edges of your pool? When you get out of the pool and step onto the ground, you’re likely to be standing on pavers. Depending on the look you prefer, these can be made of the same material as the coping or a different one.

Hardwearing natural stone is a popular material for pool paving. You can choose between limestone, granite, and travertine for options that won’t quickly get marked. Some people enjoy the look of sandstone, but this type of stone requires a seal over the top as it gets marked easily.

Bluestone is by far the most used pool paving material. It’s versatile, long-lasting, durable, and easy to obtain. You can also cut it to the desired thickness or size, depending on the look you would like to achieve.

The Pool Co. can help by explaining your pool coping and paving options. Whether you want to renovate your existing pool or are building a new one, we have all your pool needs covered.

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