If you are in the process of installing or remodeling your in-ground pool, you know that every pool decision is an important one. From pool shape to water type to pool deck ideas, there’s a lot to consider.
Decisions about the materials and design of your pool elements can impact the price, timeline for installation, and ultimate longevity of your project. Selecting pool coping is no exception.
Read on to learn more about 4 different types of pool coping and the pros and cons of each.
Travertine is well known for being durable and can withstand just about any temperature. It is heat resistant making it perfect for enjoying your pool in hot temperatures.
This material also acts as a non-slip surface which can be an added safety feature for homeowners with pets or children. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, slips around pools are considered to be a major accident pattern in pool-related injuries.
The primary con to travertine pool coping is that it is porous. These pores make it easier for water and dirt to slip through and reduce the natural beauty.
Porcelain coping is highly durable, lightweight, and especially sought after for high-end designs. Modern porcelain also comes in a variety of styles and colors. It is easy to clean and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, so it will last for years to come.
The cons of porcelain coping include the cost and challenges with brittleness and installation. Porcelain costs more than concrete, so it will require a bigger upfront investment.
When it comes to installation, porcelain is also brittle and harder to cut or drill than concrete. This fragility can contribute to a higher cost of installation and more design work to accommodate the brittle nature of the material.
Pavers offer a wide range of colors and styles which make them a nice choice for a variety of pool aesthetics. Modern pavers are less porous than travertine, are installed easily, and can be replaced easily. Pavers can be a great pool coping option especially if the pool deck is also done with pavers as they coordinate seamlessly together.
They are also very durable. The downside is that some homeowners looking for a seamless and high-end look tend to be unable to find what they seek in paver-based solutions. In addition, pavers can be warmer than other options especially if darker in color.
4. Natural Stone
Natural pool coping stones offer many of the same benefits as concrete. It is available in different designs and can be incorporated into a variety of different pool and pool deck designs. It also offers a non-slippery surface and is durable, so you won’t find yourself needing to replace it every few years.
It lasts longer than concrete, so it often acts as a similar but alternative product for homeowners. On the other hand, natural stone has an extremely porous texture which is great to prevent slips and falls, but it can be more difficult to clean and can lose its appearance over time.
Irregular Pattern Natural Stone Coping
Straight Cut Natural Stone Coping
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We are here to walk you through the process, from consultation to design to build. Whether you need help designing your pool or incorporating your pool deck ideas, we can help. Our team wants you to be comfortable throughout the whole process and come away loving your new pool.
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