Your Guide to Swimming Pool Coping

Owning and maintaining an in-ground pool is a big commitment. There are several decisions to make up front, and the type of pool coping you choose is an important one. Not only do you need to think about the aesthetics, you also need to consider the utility and durability of the materials you choose. At Unit Step, we recommend precast concrete pool coping; read on to learn why.

Pool Coping

What Is Pool Coping?

Pool coping is the material used to separate the swimming pool shell from the surrounding surface area. When an in-ground pool is installed, the upper surface of the pool wall will likely have exposed steel. Pool coping is installed to cover this wall in order to direct the water away from your pool and make it safe for swimmers. The coping also acts like a shield against debris and unwanted water that can damage your pool’s shell and lead to cracking.

Why Do You Need Pool Coping?

Pool coping is necessary for both appearance and usability. Typically, pool coping is designed with a graceful outward slant that will direct splash-out away from your pool and into the nearest deck drain. By adding coping, you can seamlessly connect your pool to the rest of your landscaping while also giving people a place to sit and relax at the edge of the pool. Finally, pool coping is also used to give swimmers a safe and sturdy way to enter and exit the pool while reducing the risk of slipping.

Why Choose Precast Concrete?

Before choosing your pool coping material, there are several things to consider. You’ll want something durable and safe that won’t absorb too much heat in the summertime. You’ll also want a material that is affordable and lends itself to your personal style. Precast concrete provides all of these things, with many patterns and textures to choose from. It blends well with other stone and concrete materials you may be using in your landscaping and it’s very affordable.

Unit Step is your source for precast cement products. From pool coping to steps and stairs and precast concrete highway barriers, we have a variety of items to enhance your landscape and protect your home or business. Contact us today at  (317) 357-4552 or request an estimate online. Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and we serve the lower 48 states, and we offer pickup, delivery, and complete installation to Lafayette, Bloomington, Cincinnati, and other surrounding cities.