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Picking the right coping can make a big difference in the overall look of your swimming pool. Check out the following information for an overview of your coping options.


Coping is the term used to identify the material used to cap the pool edge or shell wall. Options available are poured-in-place concrete, precast concrete, tile, and natural stone (pavers, flagstone, etc.).

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The cantilevered coping around this fiberglass pool was poured using the Z Poolform System with a Chiseled Stone Form Liner. The same forming system, with a Bullnose Travertine Form Liner was used for this vinyl pool. A Bendable Z Poolform made it possible to get around the radius corner.

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Tips on selecting pool coping that fits the style and design of your home. Visit several backyard pools to see how designer/contractor Scott Cohen chose the right pool coping for each project.


The best material for pool coping depends on the type of pool and the look you want to achieve. Check out the following materials to see which will work best for your swimming pool.

Poured concrete coping

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.

Z Poolforms, designed by Concrete Countertop Solutions, for forming coping, are made from hard PVC plastic and lock directly into the liner track on vinyl liner pools or into a special receiver track on concrete and fiberglass pools. Rubber form liners are then inserted into the forms, giving users a variety of different profiles and textures to choose from. Z Poolforms are reusable and easy to install, saving contractors time and effort during installation, and ensuring more consistent results than traditional Styrofoam forms.

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

Precast pool coping

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.

Natural stone coping

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


Here are some of the most popular coping looks:

  • Cantilever pool coping that appears to hang over the surface of the water
  • Modern pool coping that's simple and elegant or has a square edge
  • Round edge pool coping, also called bullnose, that's smooth for people climbing in and out
  • Exposed aggregate pool coping that's textured and provides extra grip