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Pool Coping 101: Choosing the Perfect Material for Your Backyard Pool

When it comes time to build the perfect swimming pool in your backyard, or if you’ve purchased a home that has one, pool coping is a must-have product.

To ensure you make the right choice, it’s crucial to understand the purpose pool coping serves in realizing your beautiful outdoor living space, and explore the diverse range of options available, ensuring you find the perfect border that harmonizes function with beauty.


What is Pool Coping?

In the realm of architecture, coping is the protective lip or cap at the top of a retaining wall, on stone steps, or along the edges of an in-ground pool deck used to bring a refined finish to your Unilock paver project.

During the construction of your in-ground swimming pool, you may find exposed steel on the bond or upper surface of the pool walls. The installation of coping effectively conceals these areas while redirecting water away from your pool and towards the floor drain. This not only enhances safety for your family around the pool’s edges, but also adds an aesthetic appeal, completing the look of your outdoor oasis.

Consider pool coping as an opportunity to infuse your pool deck with a touch of personal flair. With a wide array of materials, finishes, and colors available, you can select something that perfectly complements your pool deck design.

While wood and metal are options, they are prone to wear and tear in the moisture-rich pool environment, requiring additional maintenance and care. Moreover, they tend to be more expensive.


Why is Pool Coping Important?

Apart from effectively diverting water splashes away from the pool and into the floor drains, the inclusion of coping serves several significant purposes:

  • Keeping dirt, leaves, grass, and other debris out of your pool.
  • Providing an attractive cover for automatic pool covers and other mechanical components.
  • Preventing water from infiltrating the area behind the pool shell, avoiding potential damage.
  • Ensuring safe entry and exit for swimmers.
  • Reducing the risk of slipping or sliding.


Selecting the Perfect Pool Coping Material

When choosing your pool coping material, here are some things to consider:

  • Price: Opt for a material that aligns with your budget.
  • Safety: Prioritize slip-resistant, sturdy options with a design that enhances safety. Additionally, inquire if the material absorbs excessive heat from the sun.
  • Availability: Assess maintenance requirements and ensure the material is readily accessible for repairs or replacements.
  • Durability: Check if the material can withstand the extreme weather conditions prevalent in your region and if it offers long-lasting performance.
  • Style: Choose a material that harmonizes seamlessly with your landscaping, deck, outdoor furniture, and other design elements.


Explore Pool Coping Products

The best coping materials for your pool deck are the ones that will stand the test of time and look good doing so. Several coping materials are available to suit your budget or style, including:

Natural Stone: Enhance the natural beauty and durability of your pool with options like limestone or sandstone. Unilock Natural Stone products boast low water absorption, freeze-thaw durability and flexural strength, delivering stunning visual appeal without cracking or splitting.

Brussels Fullnose™: Offers an antiqued finish with a comfortable rounded edge that brings a relaxed appearance and timeless warmth to your pool deck.

Fullnose Edger™: Fullnose coping is used anywhere a hard edge or corner is not ideal, making it well-suited for your pool deck project. Available in a wide range of colors to suit most paver and wall products.

Umbriano®: The granite-like surface appearance makes Umbriano a popular choice for sleek, modern projects. Its unique mottled surface is achieved with ColorFusion™ technology, which randomly disperses rich color and granite particles to deliver a natural, non-slip texture.

Other Composite Materials: Offering affordability and flexibility, composite materials are easy to modify, and come available in curved sections, corners, and straight lengths, allowing for seamless customization. With proper installation using a reliable sealant, they exhibit exceptional durability, water and salt resistance.


Embark on your pool coping journey by exploring our full list of pool coping products, and discover the perfect choice that combines functionality, beauty, and durability for your aquatic sanctuary. When you’re ready to start your next outdoor project, consider hiring a Unilock paver contractor, who can provide you with a free estimate and turn your dream outdoor living space into a reality.



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