Inground Pool Coping

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What is Inground Pool Coping

Do you know what ingroung pool coping is and what it does? If you don’t know and you are in the market for a new inground pool in Maryland, Viriginia or DC your local inground pool builder will explain it for you in this blog post. Inground pool coping is the edging that surrounds your swimming pool. No matter the pool shape, the design of your pool coping can really pull the look together for your inground pool. If you had your swimming pool built and didn’t have coping installed your pool can look unfinished. Pool coping adds polish and style, but not only that, it is an additional layer of safety providing a smooth edge and adding a non-slip feature. Think of coping as a “cap” between the pool walls and the deck.

Inground Pool Coping Design

You can add coping that can either contrast with your pool or deck design or you can have your coping be a seamless melding of the two. As with swimming pool liners, coping tiles come in variety of colors, materials and styles. You can choose from a natural look – formed to resemble stones or pebbles – or you can choose a colored, poured and stamped (with designs) concrete coping. The style you use is truly a personal preference. In addition to style and design you will want to talk to the swimming pool builders at Town & Country Pools about whether you should use cantilever coping or bullnose coping in your pool construction project.inground pool coping

Cantilever Coping vs Bullnose Coping

  • Cantilever Coping — is usually used with brick, concrete and stone and will extend of the lip of the swimming pool.
  • Bullnose Coping — is used with concrete decking and will abut the pool lip.

Selecting the Coping for your Inground Pool

When you’re shopping for coping – whether for a new construction project or a remodel or pool renovation – browse your pool builder’s selection of natural stone coping. Natural stone styles are available in granite, marble, sandstone, marble, limestone or even bluestone. The coping is typically in tile format and is cut to mold to the walls and corners. If you’re looking for a smooth finish you will want a honed-stone coping style. Standard pool coping material offers rough texture.

Inground Pool Coping Materials


If you opt for concrete coping it will either be formed and poured onsite, or your pool builder will bring precast coping for the project. The concrete coping is one you will need to choose a color or pattern for unless you want to keep it natural and let it weather naturally as well.


Porcelain tiles are also another option that provides a variety of patterns and color choices.


Brick is the most durable coping material and can also be colored from light gray to beige to dark red and black-browns – remember though, the darker the color the hotter it will be to the feel under the summer sun.


Stone coping is becoming a more popular choice because of its durability and the fact that it remains cool to the touch. With the variety of textures and colors, stone is a great match for many pools and spas.

Contact Town & Country Pools

Need help in deciding what inground pool coping design and material are best for your pool? Contact us today and our expert pool designers will help guide you to create/renovate your pool to a relaxing oasis you can enjoy for years to come.

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