Coping

Also Known As: Pool Coping

Generally speaking, coping refers to the cap or lip of a wall. On a pool, coping is applied to the top portion of the pool wall, called the bond beam. In short, it appears as the edge of the pool or spa wall.

This offers a finished look, as well as a place for swimmers to grip the wall of the pool. It also can be designed to hide mechanical elements, like automatic pool covers. Coping also offers safety measures, preventing slipping and keeping foreign materials from entering the pool. This is because the coping is applied so that it slopes away from the pool and on to the pool deck.

Depending on the structure of the pool itself, coping can be formed, cast in place, precast or prefabricated. Materials include concrete, natural stone, tile and masonry or brick. Vinyl lined pools commonly feature aluminium coping, as it is simple and inexpensive.

A rolled-edge coping is practical and safe for swimmers. With a smooth, rolled edge, it is usually made of concrete, brick or cast stone. A close cousin is bullnose coping, which unlike the rolled-edge has a flat surface on top. It works especially well with vinyl pools, as the liner can be changed without removing the coping. Rough-cut coping has an unfinished edge, and so it is used in more informal settings.

Cantilevered coping offers the most contemporary look. The edge overlaps the pool, forming an L-shape. This effect can be achieved with the same pavers that are used on the pool decking.