Swimming Pool Coping

Swimming Pool Coping

What is Pool Coping?

Pool coping tiles are a crucial component of any swimming pool design. They are installed around the perimeter of the pool and provide a finished edge that not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the pool but also serves as a barrier to prevent water from seeping into the pool's foundation.

Pool Tile Slip Resistance

One of the primary concerns with pool coping tiles is slip resistance. Water can easily accumulate on the surface of pool coping tiles, making them slick and slippery, which can lead to slip and fall accidents. Therefore, it is essential to choose pool coping tiles that have been specifically designed and tested for slip resistance.

Slip resistance ratings are determined by performing a test in which a person walks on the surface of the tile while wearing standard footwear. The tile's slip resistance rating is then assigned based on the friction coefficient measured during the test. The higher the rating, the more slip-resistant the tile is.

We recommend that Tiles used around pools have a minimum slip rating of P4.

 Porcelain Options

Porcelain tiles are an excellent choice for pool coping tiles due to their high durability and slip-resistant properties. Porcelain tiles are made from dense, high-quality clay that is fired at extremely high temperatures, resulting in a tile that is resistant to moisture, staining, and cracking. Additionally, they offer excellent slip resistance, even when wet, making them an ideal choice for pool coping tiles.

Coping Styles

Dropface and bullnose coping tiles are two popular types of coping tiles that are commonly used around swimming pools.

Dropface Coping Tiles:

Dropface coping tiles are tiles that have a 90-degree angle on the top edge and a 45-degree angle on the bottom edge. When installed, the tile overhangs the pool edge, creating a seamless, continuous transition between the pool edge and the surrounding decking. This overhanging effect is achieved by routing a groove on the underside of the tile, which enables it to sit flush with the pool's edge. Dropface coping tiles are a popular choice for contemporary pool designs as they provide a clean, modern look.

Bullnose Coping Tiles:

Bullnose coping tiles have a curved edge that creates a rounded finish on the pool edge. The curve on the edge of the tile provides a smooth, comfortable surface to rest against and also serves to soften the appearance of the pool edge. Bullnose coping tiles are a popular choice for traditional pool designs as they offer a classic, timeless look.

Both dropface and bullnose coping tiles are available in a range of materials, including natural stone, concrete, and porcelain. When choosing coping tiles, it is important to consider factors such as durability, slip resistance, and aesthetic appeal. It is also important to choose tiles that have been specifically designed and tested for use around swimming pools, as these tiles will have a higher slip resistance rating and be better able to withstand exposure to water and chemicals. Ultimately, the choice between dropface and bullnose coping tiles will come down to personal preference and the overall design aesthetic of the pool.

Where to buy cooing tiles

At Grand Tiling Concepts, we offer custom coping tiles made from porcelain tiles of your choice. This means that you can choose the size, shape, and color of your pool coping tiles to perfectly match your pool's design and aesthetic. Our team of experts will work with you to create a custom design that meets your specific needs and preferences.

We also stock a range of porcelain and stone tiles that are available in bullnose formats.

Installation of Coping and Pool paving

Our team of installers has the expertise to install both pool coping tiles and paving to achieve the best finished result. We understand that proper installation is essential to ensuring a safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing pool area. Here are some of the ways our team can help ensure a high-quality installation:


  • Customization: We work closely with our clients to understand their specific needs and preferences for their pool area. This includes selecting the best materials, colors, and patterns to match the overall design aesthetic of the pool and surrounding area.
  • Expertise: Our installers have years of experience working with a variety of pool coping tiles and paving materials and are familiar with the latest installation techniques and tools. They understand how to properly prepare the surface, layout the tiles and paving, and apply the adhesive and grout to ensure a level, secure installation.
  • Attention to detail: We take great care in ensuring that the tiles and paving are properly aligned and spaced, and that the grout lines are even and consistent. This attention to detail ensures a finished result that is both visually pleasing and functional.
  • Quality materials: We only use high-quality materials that are specifically designed and tested for use around swimming pools. This includes tiles and paving with a high slip resistance rating and a durable, long-lasting finish.
  • Customer satisfaction: Our team is committed to ensuring that our clients are completely satisfied with their pool area installation. We strive to provide clear communication throughout the installation process and are always available to answer any questions or address any concerns.

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