Decking vs. Coping for Pools: What’s The Difference?

By: Classic Marcite| On: March 21, 2022

Choosing suitable materials to build your pool deck requires careful observation and planning. Our pool deck resurfacing experts in Orlando by Classic Marcite can provide the best pool coping options to create a beautiful and safe pool area for your home.

What Is Coping?

Coping is a 12” wide material mounted at the edge of a pool to cap the concrete pool’s edge and provide a non-skid surface to walk on. Coping also:

  • Provides a strip around the top lip of the pool wall for swimmers to grab while they float by the pool’s edge
  • Covers the pool’s concrete edges by concealing the steel projecting from the pool’s walls
  • Prevents water from splashing out of the pool
  • Provides a decorative accent that utilizes the finishing tile of the pool

Coping is designed to blend in and create a matching border between your pool and the surrounding deck area. The most commonly used materials in coping for pools include tile, natural stone, and concrete. Although many pool owners use these same materials for pool decking, coping and decking are not the same.

What Is Decking?

Decking is the specially designed pool deck area where you can walk and place furniture outside the pool. There are several kinds of materials you can use to customize your deck design. The most commonly used materials found in decking are:

  • Concrete
  • Wood
  • Stone
  • Pavers
  • Composite wood
  • Tiles

Creating Your Pool Design

Changing the deck is a great way to reshape your pool. You’ll need a professional pool designer to help you decide which materials best suit your vision and budget. Here are some points to keep in mind as you work on the design:

Concrete is inexpensive and durable. However, constant exposure to the sun eventually causes it to crack over time.

  • Wood is a beautiful, comfortable finish that’s easy to install but very expensive to maintain
  • Stone is attractive and long-lasting but more expensive to buy and harder to replace.
  • Pavers are costly but are less likely to crack and can be easily replaced without disturbing your deck’s overall appearance.
  • Tiles are reasonably priced and are easy to install and replace on any existing surface. They can help expand the size of any existing pool deck.

The flexibility of these various pool deck materials also allows you to create a deck-style coping for pools. If you don’t like the look of traditional coping, you can expand the pool’s concrete or tile decking to extend slightly over the pool’s edge around the perimeter for a unique touch.

When To Resurface Your Pool

If your pool is starting to age, or you’re thinking about trying a new look, coping for pools is a wise investment. To learn more about when you need pool resurfacing, contact the professionals at Classic Marcite in Jacksonville, FL. Call us at 904-448-4150 to help create a beautiful pool design.