As you’re thinking about what kind of pool to put in your backyard, you should give a lot of thought to the overall aesthetic you want to create. In addition to the pool itself, think about the deck and how that will work with the pool, patio, and house. Choosing pool coping brings together several factors: cost, aesthetics, and safety.
The first step to choosing pool coping is determining your budget. Cantilevered concrete coping has the advantage of being the least expensive coping option, yet it may not deliver the look you want for your pool. In our business we see many beautiful pools surrounded by ugly, poorly poured concrete…that often require a big repair bill which can eat up all the savings of concrete. There are many other options that are much more reliable, and we can guide you to those.
If you have a bit more to spend, you have more options when it comes to choosing pool coping. Paver coping is comparably priced and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, which gives you many options for creating a beautiful aesthetic. If your house design already includes pavers, you can achieve a formal look by picking pavers of the same shape and size as your house. Travertine or natural stone coping is the most expensive option, but it also offers the widest variety of aesthetics for your pool.
Most of these options are quite safe in terms of having a non-slip surface. If you have children, you should also consider the color of the coping. A dark color can get quite hot in the heat of the sun, causing pain to tender feet. If you have a vision of how you’d like your pool and pool deck to look, call us! We’d love to help you with choosing pool surfaces and all other aspects of your pool design.