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pool coping

People naturally spend a lot of time indoors – sitting inside the office, watching TV in the living room, and shopping at the mall. That’s why when they get the chance to spend time outdoors, they cherish every opportunity they get.

Who wouldn’t look forward to a weekend spent with friends and family enjoying a barbecue or sharing steak over a bottle of beer or a glass of wine? Wouldn’t you agree that there is no better place to do this than your beautiful outdoor living area where you can also sit and relax? If you’re lucky enough to own a pool, entertaining there would be perfect!

The food, the laughter, and the conversation shared would be more enjoyable and memorable if you were to spend it on a luxurious pool area lavished with home comforts and, more importantly, made safe for family and friends to enjoy. A must-have feature to compliment your pool would be installing pool copers, pool surrounds or drop down rebated edge pieces.

Pool coping refers to the material above the tile line that covers the top of the pool structure. Pool coping can be pavers or tiles that have a square edge, bullnose edge or drop down rebated edge to conceal the mortar joint if required.

The Importance of Choosing The Right Pool Coping

Your pool coping is not just to make your pool look stylish, but also to make it durable and safe.

Consider it as the cap of the swimming pool which gives you something to grab onto when you’re trying to get out of the water. When correctly installed, the coping prevents water from damaging the integrity of your pool by letting the water flow down into the deck drains. It also gives your pool a classy and presentable look while making it safer for users.

An important tip for pool installation is to ensure that your installer backfills the pool wall area with properly compacted materials to stop it from sinking over time. Ideally, pool paving should be done at least 6-8 weeks after compaction to allow for normal soil settling.

Don’t let a pool company sell you a pool coper that cannot be matched with the paving later. At Australian Paving Centre, we can assist you in selecting the right paver and the pool coping to match.

Pool Coping Profiles That You Can Choose From

There are several pool coping profiles or shapes that you can choose from depending on your style and preference. Let’s distinguish the differences among the popular examples.

Drop Down Face or Rebated Edge

Drop Down Face pool edge has become one of the most favoured choices for coping pools. It creates a hidden rim that makes the water appear like it comes flush with the surface, giving the illusion of a seamless look.

Square Edge

As the name suggests, the edges are square and perfect for those who want to achieve a contemporary and minimalist look. Choosing this coping option gives a simple yet elegant finish to your pool.


The bullnose has a rounded edge finish ideal for traditional design. It’s preferred among folks who want to quickly climb in and out of the pool. There are three types of bullnose coping- single, triple, and internal bullnose pieces.

Select the single coping if safety among your kids and the elderly is your priority, as the smooth edges will prevent you from encountering sharp edges. The double and triple bullnose, which is also known as a waterfall edge, is considered trendy for its highly customised look and feel. It gives off an elegant and regal touch to your personal oasis.

If you don’t know how to work around the corners of your pool, don’t fret. The internal bullnose is ideal for you. It’s specially made for those tight corners and boasts a smooth finish that will give you peace of mind and ease your worries about accidents.

External corners are also popular for pool surrounds such as steps and capping for walls.


Experience a premium smooth surface with our sharknose edge. Use them as step treads and pool copers for a balanced look.

Materials Used For Pool Coping

Most people selecting pool copers or pavers look at colour first, then select based on style and shape second. We at APC, however, suggest that you prioritise these two critical features – salt and slip resistance, which are attributes we can proudly say our copers and pavers have. They shouldn’t be too rough nor at all hot underfoot.

The best part is that there are so many styles, colours and materials of pool copers available which makes it easier for you to stick to a theme. We offer an extensive range, including a variety of shapes, from square to rectangular. We have natural stones, concrete, and even traditional bricks. They are versatile and very competitive in terms of price.

Natural Stones

Natural stones are made from granite, slate, and limestone or travertine, which is a very dense limestone. The most preferred is travertine as it is considered elegant, unique, and timeless. Its texture, character, and finish create a harmonious look with the surrounding landscape, plus its cool under the foot making it a great option for those Aussie summers.

This coping comes in a square edge bevelled top and bottom. We also offer a bullnose type, a plain square edge, and a drop nose.

Check out our bestsellers for Natural Stone Copers here.

Concrete Pavers

Salt resistance isn’t just a vital feature to ensure long life in your pool paving – it’s even more important for those who live close to the beach.

Concrete pavers are popular choice in pool paving due to its value for money, lending itself to a huge assortment of colours in comparison to clay. It comes in many different styles. We have the square nose edge, which is flat on the pool’s side and the bullnose type that has a rounded nose. There is also the sharknose, shaped like a shark’s head in profile.

Check out our bestsellers for Concrete Pavers here.

Clay Brick Pavers

Clay brick pavers can be arranged in different patterns like herringbone, running bond, and many more. It creates a traditional look to your pool.

Who Can Install Pool Coping?

Pool coping can be installed by a variety of contractors such as pool builders, outdoor pavers and tilers, stonemasons, and concrete workers. The key is to ensure that they have all the necessary paperwork to back their credentials and experience.

Questions To Ask When Hiring A Pool Coping Installer

Once you have decided to hire a pool coping installer, don’t hesitate to ask them these questions:

  • Do they come recommended by APC?
    Visit our local store to find the best, most suitable tradies in your local area.
  • Can I see examples of your work?
    Ask for the installers’ portfolio so you can gauge whether you like the quality and designs of their past outputs.
  • Are you licensed for this job?
    Ask them if you can see their license. It doesn’t hurt to be extra cautious with the people you deal with.
  • Can you provide a written, itemised quote?
    You wouldn’t want to be surprised by hidden charges.
  • Do they have a website or a social media platform?
    If so, check out their previous client jobs and their reviews.
  • When can you start work?
    Check if their schedule will fit with yours.
  • Are you insured to work on my property?


Research To Be Inspired

There is a wide choice of pool copers available. Through proper research, you will get to choose the one that reflects your personality and style.

Do not forget to always ask for assistance whenever you are in doubt. This will help you save precious time and resources.

If you’re looking for a professional to help you with your installation, APC has a tradie system with a list of qualified installers that you can count on. Visit our website to get a quote.