An inground pool can give you maximum satisfaction over time and through excellent care. You not only have to consider the overall aesthetics but durability and utility of your pool as well. All these concerns merge at your pool’s edge where pool coping is necessary for top-class pool maintenance. Let’s dig in.
What is pool coping?
The upper surface of your inground pool’s wall is likely to have some exposed steel called bond beam. Coping is done to cover this wall to direct the water into the deck drain instead of your pool. This technique will give a polished look to your pool and add to the safety of swimmers. Pool coping is often done with a graceful outward slant. Concrete, stone, or composite materials are used for coping purposes. Wood and metal options are also available. But they tend to suffer from wear and tear caused by moisture-rich pool environment.
Traditional coping for the pool
Here, the pool coping is installed directly on the bond beam. It can be cut and made to suit your preferred style. Brick coping is versatile, readily available, and can resist the strong effects of chlorinated water. You can even find them in many colors and sizes. One of the benefits of brick coping is you can replace individual bricks when they are damaged. But you must also remember to seal them off during repairs.
Pavers and natural stone
Like bricks, pavers require little maintenance and are quite sturdy. Different sizes and finishes of concrete pavers are available as well. Concrete pavers are salt friendly, water-resistant and can be replaced as needed. A cut-stone pool coping process using flagstone, travertine marble, or granite lets you bring in natural beauty and durability to your pool. Natural stones can be slightly expensive than concrete pavers and bricks. But they require less maintenance and provide an extra aesthetic appeal. Also, you must remember that not every stone is made equal. Some stones like travertine are porous and need some extra sealant, while others like sandstone and graphite are extra durable.
Composite materials are nothing but pre-cast concrete that is easy to modify or shape. They are moderately priced and make for excellent pool coping material. They are often shaped and sold in curved sections, straight lengths, and corners. You can mortar them piece by piece and later seal for obtaining a cohesive look. They are salt and water-resistant and durable when used with a suitable sealant.
Choose the right cut
The pool-facing edge and the actual lip of your pool can be cut in many ways. This acts as a sturdy platform for pool coping pavers made using stone and other materials. It does not compulsorily require concrete pouring. This method works well when combined with poured concrete and cut stone. This edge gives you an unfinished natural look and is best paired with natural stone. It is an alternative option and suits best if you are looking for an organic and relaxed vibe.