Pool Coping Tips & Pool Landscaping Ideas

Lots of useful tips and ideas for pool coping and landscape design and installation around your pool.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pool Coping?

The words pool coper and pool coping are used to describe a paving product that is specifically designed to go around a swimming pool or spa or to be used as steps or to cap a wall. The exposed edges that extend into the pool are shaped most commonly into either a bullnose or square edge.

What is a Pool Beam?

A swimming pool beam is the width of concrete around the swimming pool onto which the pool paving or coping is laid. Most pool beams are 200mm thick. Our 230mm wide copers are designed for this beam width giving you a 30mm overlap (the amount the coper extends into the pool). Some pools are designed and concrete poured for a larger beam. Our 500mm copers are used in this instance. Fibreglass pools often require a 500mm or 600mm coper If you are yet to have your pool beam poured contact us for advice on the best width for your pool.

Why should I use a specialist pool paving installation team?
There are many considerations when it comes to choosing and laying pool paving. Often we are called on to fix-up problems that have occurred because these fundamental considerations have not been made. For your peace of mind use a specialist in the field.

Can I use coping or the bullnose paving for anything else?

You can use pool coping or bullnose pavers for steps, wall capping or garden bed edging.

Is delivery included in the price of the paving and/or coping?

Delivery is generally not included in the price of the paving or coping.  If you choose to use The Pool Paving Specialists for your installation as well as your supply we may be able to deliver free of charge depending on the quantity of paving required.

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How to select Pool Copers

Help! My Pool Builder told me to go select some Pool Copers.

Ok so you have been told by your pool builder that you need to find pool copers for your new swimming pool build. Really? Isn’t that the pool builders job? Most pool builders offer the installation of the copers in the contract but more often than not you, the client, are left to your own devices when it comes to choosing the stone that goes around your pool.  The reason that pool builders tend not to get involved with the selection is to do with lack of knowledge and warranty issues.
This is why our company came to be.  We think it’s insane that the choice of coping isn’t an integral part of the pool build since it is what you will be spending most of your time looking at and sitting on.  That it is often such an after thought in the pool build is a shame and we have witnessed mistakes being made by clients who are rushed to find product and been poorly advised.  But it this very break in the chain that has helped us find our niche. Whether you use our selection service or take yourself off to a stone yard there are a few important things you will need to ensure you get the product that is right for you and your pool. Here is a check list that will help you on your quest.  Each check point can be clicked on for more info… [custom_list style=”list-1″]

  • pool plan – technical drawing or simple sketch
  • internal lineal meter measurements
  • shape of pool – rectangular or freeform?
  • add-ons – step out or swim out?
  • pool beam width – 180mm, 400mm?
  • type of pool – fibreglass/concrete/steel framed liner
  • Integrated Spa? Separate Spa? – measurements for these
  • type of chlorination – traditional or salt-water?
  • inspirational images – what look are you trying to achieve
  • preferences of material – sandstone, limestone, bluestone or concrete?
  • do you need additional paving? what is the area?

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