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Inground Pool Coping: Idea and Cost Guide!


Let me just say, if you’re reading this article…’s pretty safe to say you have good taste. 

How do I know?  Because if you’re researching pool coping, you already know you want something special….am I right?

This article has one objective: to familiarize you with the most popular types of inground pool coping so you can choose which belongs in your backyard deisgn.

The pools featured in this article are from some of the best pool contractors in the United States....and they all happen to be fiberglass pools!

So here are the four types of inground pool coping we’re going to cover today:
  • Brick coping
  • Paver Coping
  • Travertine/Natural Stone Coping
  • Cantilevered Concrete Coping

Let’s get started!

Brick Pool Coping

First, we have a gorgeous fiberglass pool built by the guys at Signature Pools in Chicago.


Average Cost of brick coping: $25-$30 per linear foot


Paver Pool Coping

This elegant fiberglass pool comes courtesy of Earl's Pools of Alabama


 Average Cost of Paver Coping:  $20-$25 per linear foot

*note: the primary difference between brick and paver coping is the type of edge the product has facing the pool.  Brick coping has a bull-nose or rounded edge, and paver coping has a 'factory' edge similar to regular pavers.  These terms can vary according to region.


Travertine/Natural Stone Coping

This is a beautiful project in Virginia we had the privilage to install.  The beautiful coping work was completed by Cross Creek Nursery out of Richmond.  


Average Cost of Travertine/Natural Stone Coping: $35-$55 per linear foot.


Cantilevered Concrete Coping

And here we have a fiberglass pool with stamped concrete from Artistic Pools in New Jersey.


Average Cost of Cantilevered Concrete Coping: $6-$10 per linear foot if not included in standard package.

We've written extensively about cantilevered concrete coping.  Here are two great resources if you want to learn more:

Why is Pouring Concrete(Cantilever Coping) Around a Fiberglass Pool so Difficult?

How to Pour Concrete Coping around a Fiberglass Pool Video

There you have it: The four most popular styles of inground pool coping.

Questions?....ask away in the comments section.  

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Another great post guys, funny as we were working on a coping post for our site this week! 
We always say its what goes around the pool that makes the yard and coping is a huge part of that.
Posted @ Monday, March 28, 2011 7:49 PM by Jay Broyer
Is there any reason cantilevered concrete coping would work for the weather and temperature in Houston Texas. This is what I really like but am being told by one of the local pool companies that they don't do that type of coping in Houston Texas. It has something to do with the water pressure. Please explain if you are familiar with this.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 27, 2011 4:24 PM by Deonne Williams
Your spot on with that brother. The pool is actually a small part of the equation. Thanks for the comment! 
That's garbage, cantilevered coping will work anywhere you can pour concrete.  
It is relatively difficult to do properly for unexperienced finishers, so maybe that's the source of their trepidation.  
Great question Deonne!
Posted @ Thursday, April 28, 2011 8:32 AM by Jason
Does the same hold true with gunite pools as apposed to fiber glass? When I questioned the pool company further, it was said that cantilevered concrete coping is not used in Houston because of the clay dirt and how it shifts alot. Thanks for all the feedback.
Posted @ Thursday, April 28, 2011 9:59 AM by Deonne Williams
We had sunpools fiberglass pool installed 3 years ago with a standard concrete deck with the pool coping exposed. We would like to cover the coping now without having to tear the deck out. Are the any options out there for us?
Posted @ Sunday, June 19, 2011 12:37 PM by Lisa
Hope you guys dont mind me mentioning one other coping option that's available. Vastec's flexible aluminum pool coping costs about $5-$10 per linear foot and is maybe the fastest and easiest to install of all the coping types. Check out the link for some pictures.
Posted @ Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:01 PM by Gabe Sutphin, VASTEC USA
I like the post is a good work that it can offer more effective imformation for us!
Posted @ Monday, August 01, 2011 3:45 AM by tiffany bangles online
Finding great information on your blog and videos. Can you tell me - how do you set the bullnose pavers around the fiberglass pool? Are they ?glued? to the pool and then the back end placed in a mortar bed? Grouted? Any info or insight would be welcomed!!!
Posted @ Thursday, August 04, 2011 10:01 AM by Jamie
The work done in the swimming pools is really very amazing i really like it so much i am very thankful to the admin of the blog for sharing such awesome post with us 
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Posted @ Monday, March 26, 2012 4:58 AM by Mc paver
I have a 13 yr old Viking pool(it's great), we want to update it's look, by adding waterline tile and covering kooldeck and covering over the coping, what do your recommend for these issues, we are in East Central Florida
Posted @ Wednesday, May 09, 2012 10:36 AM by ethel
Ethel, check out VASTEC USA's Coping For Fiberglass Pools. It's an easy way to remodel an older fiberglass pool with exposed fiberglass coping. It looks great with waterline tile and comes in 3 colors.
Posted @ Thursday, May 10, 2012 10:36 AM by Gabe Sutphin
Great post- for many customers, pool installers/renovators need to be equally talented at design and aesthetics! Our <a href=">swimming pool blog covers some pool landscaping ideas if you're looking for more information!
Posted @ Wednesday, July 25, 2012 2:15 PM by George
Great post- for many customers, pool installers/renovators need to be equally talented at design and aesthetics! Our swimming pool blog covers some pool landscaping ideas if you're looking for more information!
Posted @ Wednesday, July 25, 2012 2:16 PM by George
These swimming pool tiles are reckoned for their abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, durability and high strength; thus are ideal, for various swimming pools.
Posted @ Thursday, August 23, 2012 1:44 AM by More info
I loved these pools. I'm looking at different styles to pick out a pool for me. I want one with a long island in the center of it. I have all the supplies to get started. I just need the Christmas bonus to come through.
Posted @ Thursday, December 06, 2012 4:54 PM by RandyClap
I have an inground, vinyl liner pool with aluminum coping, I switched to a water system 3 seasons ago and now the salt water is eating the aluminum coping, I need to replace, any suggestions out there?
Posted @ Sunday, January 27, 2013 4:17 PM by dick waggoner
Which material for the coping holds up best for salt water systems?
Posted @ Tuesday, March 12, 2013 5:36 PM by Mark
Are these prices just for material or an average of materials and labor??
Posted @ Sunday, March 17, 2013 11:54 AM by Ric d
I have a fiberglass pool that was installed without coping. The rim of the fiberglass is flush with the pool deck. Is there any way to add some type of coping over the fiberglass? 
Posted @ Monday, April 15, 2013 7:02 PM by Tom Mackey
i have a 612 square foot inground pool. the brick academy grey coping is broken in a lot of places. it needs to be completely replaced. i live in nj.
Posted @ Friday, April 26, 2013 7:02 AM by suzanne
would like to create a simple coping for my in-ground pool, thought about using composite decking like a treks material. was told it needs to "breath" and cannot be fastened to a flat surface. anybodys thoughts ?
Posted @ Monday, June 24, 2013 7:08 PM by mike brussel
I am replacing a old coping as my pool is being renovated and the type of coping has been discontinued. It seems a waste to just throw it away. Does anyone have any ideas to how coping can be used as landscape features in the garden? Eager to hear your views!!!
Posted @ Monday, July 08, 2013 2:55 AM by Stanton
Is anyone available here still to answer a question I have about my pool? Thanks!!!!!!
Posted @ Sunday, November 24, 2013 12:17 PM by Daniel Hill
Hi I've got a quote for poured in formed concrete coping that's gonna cost me $2800 for 90 linear feet. Is that a good deal? I'm in Southern California. Thanks so much.
Posted @ Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:33 AM by Sam joe
Does anyone know where I can find Vinyl or fiberglass flush mounted coping that fits over 2x6 wood studs for in ground pool.
Posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 12:02 PM by Gregg
Great post
Posted @ Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:54 AM by dacey003
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