Pool Coping

 

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Pool Coping Replacement, Repair

 

Coping is the term used to identify the stone or concrete material used to cap the pool shell wall.

Options available are poured in place concrete, pre-cast concrete material, tile, and natural stone. (Pavers, flagstone, stones, etc.) Learn more about Concrete Pool Deck Surfaces.

 

If your spa or pool's coping shows signs of...

Cracked & Crumbling Pool Coping
  • Loose stones
  • Crumbling mortar joints
  • Cracks
  • Contact Acme Pool Specialties Now!

Your pool's coping sees a lot of action. All pool coping receives frequent abuse from being stepped on, jumped on, and even worn down by pool equipment that is carried in or near the pool. Over time, the prominent perimeter of your pool begins to show signs of wear. Coping tiles or stones may become loose, crack or the mortar may crumble. If ignored too long this damage can become expensive to repair and hazardous for swimmers.

Loose Pool Coping?

First question to be asked is "have you caulked your expansion joint?" Freezing water in the pool expansion joint between the deck and the pool coping, will put pressure on the coping, breaking the mortar that attaches it to the beam. Second question will be "Is the expansion joint true, (straight through to the earth) or does the pool deck touch the coping or the beam at some area?" If the pool deck and the pool wall (or coping) are allowed to contact each other, then damage can slowly occur to the coping (and the beam) every time the deck and / or the pool expands and contracts with temperature changes.

Crumbling mortar joints between pool coping stones?

 If there is only a small check crack, it's probably not a problem. Cracking large enough to allow water to seep in will create havoc. We also want to note the possible reasons for this mortar joint to be crumbling. It could be just chemical breakdown or a bad mix, or there could be a directional force applying pressure to the area.

Poured concrete
Poured concrete allows the coping to be one unit with the pool deck, incorporating the coping right over the edge of the pool so that there is no break in the finish on the horizontal plane. This method can help to make a small area around the pool look much bigger, and give the deck cleaner lines.

Review these concrete forming supplies from a variety of manufacturers. Multiple edge shapes are available.


Natural stone
Natural stone or brick coping offers the warmth, texture and sturdiness of stone. Materials ranging from quarried granite, to limestone to natural fieldstone offer beautiful and long lasting coping solutions. In working with natural stone, it is very important to specify consistent coping thickness for this most visible pool element.

Precast concrete

Precast concrete coping offers the choice of a wide range of textures, patterns and colors, often at a significantly lower cost than poured concrete or natural stone. From an installation standpoint, it is typically simpler to install, and it is also usually easier to provide uniformity in thickness and color than when working with natural stone.
t's the small details that help your swimming pool stand out from ordinary pools. One of the finishing touches of the pool and pool deck is the coping. Your choice of pool coping is a small detail that can make a big difference. Not only is pool coping one of the most important elements in the structure of your swimming pool, it is also a smart way to add texture to your pool design.


The alternative to pool coping is continuous decking material up to the edge of the pool; however, this option limits your ability to tie in other materials. Pool coping is the right choice if you want a stylish, visual edge to the pool.

We offer a huge selection of different coping materials, enabling you to be as stylish as you wish.
Adams Pool Specialties provides Michigan and Ohio pool and spa owners with expert pool coping repairs, installations, and maintenance advice.

Pool Coping Materials

Pool coping is the swimming pool industry's name for the stone, concrete, or aluminum material used to cap the wall of the swimming pool shell. Coping lends a finished look to any pool or spa, provides safety, and can be made out of a variety of materials: poured in place concrete, bricks, tiles or natural stone.

We specialize in repair and installation of the following pool coping materials:

Pool Coping Protection

Pool Coping Protection

Pool coping is more than decorative edging and trim. Essential to your safety and your pool's structural design safety, pool coping is a protective force around the perimeter of your pool or spa. High quality pool coping helps a swimming pool or spa keep its shape and allows the walls of the pool to remain straight and rigid. Pool coping protects the pool formation from water damage and protects you when you are getting in and out. Rounded smooth edges ensure that no swimmers cut themselves while swimming and provide an edge to grab a hold of when the swimmer needs to rest.

Coping is the term used to identify the stone or concrete material used to cap the pool shell wall.

Options available are poured in place concrete, pre-cast concrete material, tile, and natural stone. (Pavers, flagstone, stones, etc.) Learn more about Concrete Pool Deck Surfaces.

Poured concrete
Poured concrete allows the coping to be one unit with the pool deck, incorporating the coping right over the edge of the pool so that there is no break in the finish on the horizontal plane. This method can help to make a small area around the pool look much bigger, and give the deck cleaner lines.

Review these concrete forming supplies from a variety of manufacturers. Multiple edge shapes are available.

Natural stone
Natural stone or brick coping offers the warmth, texture and sturdiness of stone. Materials ranging from quarried granite, to limestone to natural fieldstone offer beautiful and long lasting coping solutions. In working with natural stone, it is very important to specify consistent coping thickness for this most visible pool element.

Precast concrete
Precast concrete coping offers the choice of a wide range of textures, patterns and colors, often at a significantly lower cost than poured concrete or natural stone. From an installation standpoint, it is typically simpler to install, and it is also usually easier to provide uniformity in thickness and color than when working with natural stone.

 

Pool Coping Designs

There are four main designs of swimming pool coping:

Rough Cut Pool Coping: Made from rough stone, rough cut pool coping has a textured edge that creates a natural look.

Bull Nose Pool Coping: Made from any type of material including stone (granite, marble, slate), cast stone (poured concrete), brick, or steel. The most popular pool coping style, bull nose is characterized by its rounded edge. With the cast stone variety, thousands of different colors can be mixed to achieve the perfect hue to match your pool's landscape.

Rolled Edge Pool Coping: Often made from stone (granite, marble, slate), cast stone (poured concrete), or brick, this style is characterized by its upturned edge which is great for in-ground pools whose primary purpose is exercise as it gives the swimmers something to grab hold of.

Cantilever Pool Coping: Lends a modern look to your swimming pool. The main characteristic of the cantilever coping options is the classic "L" shape created from a straight design on top that runs out past the edge of the pool, then drops down a bit, forming a 90 degree angle. This gives the optical illusion that the decking material is larger or thicker and more pronounced than it actually is.

Pool Coping Care

One purpose of pool coping is to bring the edging of the pool flush with the deck level. For a prominent coping outcome, we recommend the following:

  • Allow enough space between the coping and the deck so that cracking does not occur over time. Cracking often results from the impact of hot temperatures radiating from sundrenched pool decking.

     
  • Inspect your pool coping for signs of cracking between the coping stones. When cracks occur here, water can seep through and create time‑consuming and costly repair.

     
  • When cleaning coping stones, be sure to use a hand brush and a soapy‑water solution. This will help remove stubborn dirt and stains.
  • Allow enough space between the coping and the deck so that cracking does not occur over time. Cracking often results from the impact of hot temperatures radiating from sundrenched pool decking.

     
  • Inspect your pool coping for signs of cracking between the coping stones. When cracks occur here, water can seep through and create time‑consuming and costly repair.

     
  • When cleaning coping stones, be sure to use a hand brush and a soapy‑water solution. This will help remove stubborn dirt and stains.

For more maintenance advice or a free on‑site estimate, contact Acme Pool Specialties. We've been giving pools facelifts for over half a century! Visit our showroom in the heart of Sacramento which is the perfect 'one stop' answer to new beginnings for old pools.