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Inground Pool Coping: Idea and Cost Guide!

By: Jason Hughes on March 24th, 2011

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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!

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!

 

Brick Pool Coping

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

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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.

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 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.

 

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.  

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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.

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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.  

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Editor's note: This blog article was updated on October 24, 2018.