What is the pool coping? When the concrete structure of your pool itself has been installed, the top area you stand on is referred as the pool coping. Generally its approximately 250-350mm wide, but in some area’s (around the skimmer box) it can be wider. The pool coping is in itself a separate structure to any surrounding paving or concrete section, so great care should be taken when joining two structures, ensuring adequate room for expansion is left to allow for future movement without damaging the tiles.
There’s a wide range of coping products available on the market today. The two main types are based on man-made and natural products.
Man-made products generally include your clay based paver’s, terracotta tiles & recycled concrete paver’s. They come in many colour’s and sizes and are usually readily available from most tile suppliers. Keep in mind, products containing ‘clay’ are not an ideal choice for most builders due to the high expansion levels they have.
Natural products are more commonly used within the pool industry today, this is due to the many companies importing and supplying these materials, pushing prices down through a competitive market. They can include anything from travertine, sandstone, limestone to bluestone. Some natural paver’s like limestone and sandstone need a little more care and maintenance, especially around salt-water pools, and regular annual sealing can improve the strength and colour over time. The most popular product for copings on the market today are the travertine tiles. They are very hardy, slip resistant and most tilers love working with the product due to its easy to shape features.