Coping is a term that identifies the material used to cap a pool shell wall (aka Pool edge) . There are many options available for pool coping. A good pool coping will finish off a pool and give it a fantastic look.
The first option is natural stone. Many people choose natural stone coping as it gives the pool such a unique look because no two pieces are the same. It is also classic (it never dates). The most popular natural stone tiles for coping are travertine and granite. Both are great and will suit most swimming pool surroundings. The majority of people think a bullnose is necessary on the coping. However, a good tip is to use a travertine paver with a tumbled edge. This gives an alternative to a bullnose finish. The travertine pavers normally come 30mm thick so they are very sturdy and suitable as pool coping tiles.
A tumbled edge means that the sharp edges around the tiles have been taken off. It is a different look that adds a lot of character to the pool. When using natural stone it must be remembered that they have be sealed. As a cost guide note 4 pieces 610x406mm equals aprox 1 /m2. This will cover aprox 1.6 lineal meters. TFO sells 610x406x30mm pavers at $60 /m2. So that equals about $37 per lm. So if you have a small pool of say 30lm then the cost will be aprox $1125.
The second option is porcelain. This is a very popular choice as there is a wide range of colours to choose from. Porcelain requires a rough outdoor tile with a bullnose on it to take the sharp edge off it.Colour is one of the most important factors when choosing coping tiles. There are two trains of thought when selecting a colour.
Colour is one of the most important factors when choosing coping tiles. There are two trains of thought when selecting a colour. The first is to get a coping tile that blends in with the base tile which will make the area look a lot larger. It will also give it a great flow effect with the whole outdoor area.
Conversely, choose a colour that will give contrast to the base tile. This will outline the edge of the pool and break up the area by introducing another colour. Cost will be about $70lm to have your tile bullnosed in Australia, so a 30lm pool will cost about $2100 plus about $300 worth of porcelain.