Coping is the term used to identify the stone or concrete material used to cap the pool shell wall. Besides simply being necessary, the coping provides an opportunity for a decorative accent, which can greatly enhance the appearance of the pool. When someone inside the pool hangs on to the top edge, that’s the coping they’re grabbing onto the coping.
In addition to serving as a decorative edge that conceals the pool’s concrete edge, coping provides a non-skid surface upon which swimmers can walk.
Coping for a concrete swimming pool can be made of tile, natural stone, and precast concrete. Companies that make pavers and products for pool decks also have different types of pool edging materials and copings, like bullnose styles, to achieve a seamless look between the pool and deck.