Stone pool coping is the area around the pool which protects the structure from water damage. This product adds a benefit as stone holds water very well and can blend in with the landscape. There will be a number of steps to follow to make a stone pool coping installation and the first step is knowing the type of coping you will be using when making your pool. Step 1: Laying Out Your Coping The first thing you will need to do is decide how you would like your pool coping to be laid out. After you have decided the shape of the pool you will need to make, you will need to figure out how big or small of pieces you want for the coping of the pool. Find the stone you want to use then lay them out where they should go. Once they are laid out, start marking on them where you want them to be cut so that they will fit in place. Make sure everything is leveled correctly around the perimeter of the pool so the stone will be flat when placing them in place. Step 2: Cutting the Coping The best choice for laying down the stone is bull-nose coping because it uses a rounded edge and will be flexible with the material of stone. This will also allow the area to be cut and made into any design and pattern to fit your pool design. If you do have a bull-nose shaped pool, you will have to consider on how to cut the stone pieces to fit the shape of your design. If not, you can start mixing the mortar and placing the pieces down on the mortar. Make sure when mixing the mortar that you don’t mix to much up ahead of time and to have it more wet than dry. You may need to cut the stone if you have a curved shape to your design, and you can do this with a diamond blade circular saw and make several passes with the blade by cutting about 1/2 inch deeper each time. While doing this, make sure to wear safety goggles, ear muffles, and dust mask because of all of the dust from the blade and stone. If a diamond blade saw is not available, you can use a wet saw which you can buy or rent inexpensively. Step 3: Attaching the Product Once the pieces are in place you will need to use tile expansions joints and concrete pored behind it so the tiles will not shift around when placed in with the mortar. You want to use a expansion joints because stone expand and contracts with the environment so you need a strong sealant like caulking or deck-o-seal, which works just as well. As a finishing touch, you may want to sand down the edges of stone and gives the coping a finished look. Coping is a great way to help protect your pool and prevent water damage to the area around your pool. What You’ll Need Stone Adhesive PLUS Latex additive Stone Grout Diamond Blade on a grinder or circular saw Ear muffs Goggles Dust mask Tile expansion joint caulking – Urethane
Light golden teakwood sandstone pool coping was hand turned onsite by Master Stonemason Samuel Nagle on this swimming pool in Malvern in Melbourne. He also landscaped the surrounding area. The pool coping was later sealed with a colour enhancing penetrating sealer.
This seemingly simple question is asked by nearly everyone who is either renovating an existing swimming pool or installing a new swimming pool. Wether its a fibreglass or concrete swimming pool you will need to make this decision. Which type of stone is recommended? I would always recommend either Harkaway Bluestone or Himalayan Sandstone pool coping, depending on which colour suites your setting. Both of these natural stones have low porosity and high density levels and are salt tolerant, making them PERFECT for use as pool coping. Should I use a drop down face or a normal pool coping tile? The benefit of using a drop face coping tile comes to the fore on fibreglass pools especially. As the drop face pool coping will not only sit on top of the fibreglass BUT will also drop down over the edge. It will hide the 5-6mm adhesive line that you will see if you had used a bullnose or square edge coping tile. Whereas if you have a concrete pool there will be a waterline tile put on and the bullnose or square edge coping will be fine because the adhesive line is hidden behind the top waterline tiles. Mind you to make this adhesive line near invisible on your fibreglass swimming pool you can simply caulk it with a coloured urethane compound. Should I use a bullnose or square edge with a bevel to the top and bottom pool edge? If you are after that “old school,” or heritage finish a bullnose is still strongly recommended BUT generally these days a square edge with a very small 5mm aris to the top and bottom of the pool edge is by far more popular. How to install the pool coping? In 3 words…. get a stonemason. IF in Melbourne use Samuel Nagle on 0448440536 or Steve Taylor on 0418557936 IF you are in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Hobart or in a country area, still please call us for advice on 03 97069767 BH IF you decide to still do this yourself we recommend you use ASA adhesive FIXALL and it should be mixed with MEGALASTIC instead of water ( approx 4-5ltrs per 20kg bag of fixall). Please ensure IF you have a concrete swimming pool that the waterline tile is on prior to installing the pool coping( as the waterline tiles set the level).
See our slide show below to help get a visual on the stone types and edges available for pool coping.