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Inground Pool Coping: Idea and Cost Guide!

Inground Pool Coping: Idea and Cost Guide!

Installation & Construction  |  Patio and Coping  |  Cost and Pricing  |  Pool Design Guides

Let me just say...if you’re reading this article, it’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?

Each pool decision affects both your aesthetic and your budget. Our inground pool pricing guide explains the costs associated with each pool type—concrete, vinyl liner, and fiberglass. After you've chosen that, the pool patio and coping make up a huge part of your expense. Make sure you're happy with your choice!

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 design.

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!

The coping is the border around the inground pool that transitions to the pool patio.

Today we’re going to cover these four types of inground pool coping:

  • Brick coping
  • Paver coping
  • Travertine/natural stone coping
  • Cantilevered concrete coping

Let’s get started!


What type of coping should I get for my pool?

The main types of coping are brick, paver, travertine/natural stone, and cantilevered concrete. You can match the coping with the patio material or choose something different for contrast. Cantilevered concrete is the least expensive option ($6–$10 per linear foot), and natural stone is the most expensive material ($40–$55 per linear foot).


Brick Pool Coping

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

Brick coping around swimming pool

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.

paver coping around swimming pool

 Average cost of paver coping: $40–$50 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.


Want to know how much your pool project might cost with any sort of coping, or any other options and accessories and add-ons you might want? Try our Design and Price tool and get a customized range for the pool of your dreams in just a few clicks:




Travertine/Natural Stone Coping

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

Travertine pool coping around inground pool

Average cost of travertine/natural stone coping: $45–$55 per linear foot.


Cantilevered Concrete Coping

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

Concrete pool coping around inground pool

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


Questions? Ask away in the comments section.  


At River Pools, we manufacture our world-class fiberglass swimming pools for customers across North America. Take a look at our models today or try out our pool cost calculator to see how much your inground fiberglass pool might cost.


Still don't know which type of inground pool is right for you? Download our free ebook below for a full comparison of the main inground pool options. 


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