5 Tips on How to choose Pool Pavers and Pool Coping – by Armstone

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It’s a daily question for us to hear – what is the best type of Stone for my Pool area & Pool Coping?

Dealing with Pool Builders, Landscapers, Designers, Architects and Tradesmen alike We have learnt how to get the best appearance whilst keeping your pool area safe and practical.

Firstly, let me define the term “Pool Coping” as I will refer to this throughout the Blog.

What is Pool Coping?

Pool coping is a capping material that goes around the pool edge to dress the rim of the pool with a safe and finished profile.


Tip number 1

Make sure your pool pavers are salt tested.

It’s key to consider a type of material that is suitable for your pool area.
Not all-natural stone pavers come equal, some pavers that are more favoured than others.

Pretty much all swimming pools have some form of harsh mineral or acid in the water and when these come into contact with the natural stone it can either quickly or slowly deteriorate your stone pavers.

We determine which paver is strong enough to be used near these chemicals by putting the raw natural stone material through a lengthy process of testing.

We look for key attributes like the reaction of the stone to salts and chlorine, as well as certain other factors for the longevity of the stone.

Do not use any type of Sandstone around your pool. Sandstone is Sedimentary rock and the main composite is Silicon Dioxide. Sand particles are very far apart within the stone that’s what it makes it too pours. When Silica Dioxide gets in contact with Salt, it leads to a reaction which makes the stone fall apart.


Tip number 2

Make sure your pool pavers are NON-Slip.

Slip-resistance is equally as important and as you can imagine, the pool area is under constant water stress and the last thing you want is an accident happening around the pool.

We test for a non-slip rating between P4 to P5 this is equal to the more traditional R10 and R11 rating.

Our testing method is called a Pendulum Wet test which measures the grip strength of the finish. The higher the P rating, the more increase in grip strength.

Remember, the most important factor you will ever need to consider for your pool project is safety.

Your ordinarily Tumbled Travertine pavers are Slippery when wet and are not recommended to use around the pool. I know you will turn around and tell me that your neighbour has it or my builder said it isn’t slippery it’s ok, but we have done the Wet Pendulum test on it and the result came to P3 which is same slip rating as an indoor Honed tile.

We can balance us and control to not fall when wet, but kids wouldn’t be able to.


Tip number 3

Choosing a Pool Coping profile that is safe and suits your pool design.

Of course, you want your pool to look beautiful. To create a true thing of beauty with your pool, make sure to pick the profile of coping that will suit your pool, surrounding features, the character of your home and your taste.

There are mainly 3 profiles for your pool coping.

a) Drop Edge Pool Coping

Drop edge pool coping give you a thick, bold frame around your pool. A super-modern look drop edge coping can come in one full stone piece (with no joint) or it can be made to order for you.

The most common sizes we deal with are 600x400x30m/80mm Drop and 800x400x20m/60mm drop.

We have seen drop edges go up to 130mm into the water.

It’s really up to your taste.

Drop Edge coping highlights your pool and creates the look of a full stone slab surrounding the inner water.

Nulla Bluestone Pavers and Coping 

b) Pencil Round Pool Coping

Pencil round pool coping has a 3-5mm rounded top and bottom, to allow for a smooth finish. This particularly important with Sawn pavers as the edges can be too sharp to use around the pool coping.

Pencil round suits a more rectangular or L-shape pool and can be a classy, low-key finish to a modern pool.

Merino Marble Pavers and Coping

c) Bullnose Pool Coping

A perfect finish to work with a curved pool or Kidney shape pools.
The Bullnose coping has a thick, semi-circular finish.
Creating a more traditional look, this type of coping suits the Character style home. It’s perfect for safety and gives a warm feeling to your pool.


Tip number 4

Choose pavers that don’t get Hot 

If your pool is getting constant sun, darker coloured pavers will get quite hot and walking barefoot will be almost impossible.

For example, Granite Pavers and Bluestone Pavers are Salt resistant makes it an ideal product to use for saltwater pools but being durable volcanic stone and dark colour keeps the heat for a long time and takes a long time for them to cool down.

If this is the case for you, opt for a natural stone from the calcite family. Marble pavers and Limestone pavers are great for this as they reflect heat. If you don’t get too much sun, this isn’t as much of a concern.


Tip number 5

Protect your Pool Pavers for easy maintenance.

All-natural stone products required to be sealed.

This is an unwavering fact.

It is a crucial aspect of maintenance – sealing will give you 24 to 48 hours to attend to the cleaning of the stone.

We recommend getting anything acidic off your pavers as soon as possible (which is generally easy if you are outdoors and spillages happen)

The biggest culprits though are usually when you are outdoors – when the tree leaves drop, pet goes to do their business or bats fly over and do their doo doo.

These can leave nasty marks that are difficult to clean if you can’t get to the stone quickly. The sealer comes into play in this area, as it allows you the freedom of time before you have to attend to the stones care.

It is a common myth that once the stone is sealed you will no longer have the issue of staining. This is completely untrue.

Lifestyle and environment need to be a careful consideration for anyone investing their hard-earned funds into the joys of having a paved pool area. The denser your natural stone or the more mottled, the less chance of staining or visually interruption.

If you are still thinking why to seal natural stone? Read more from the top Sealer Manufacturer in the world by clicking here

Do not worry too much, other products that are crafted for these purposes. If you have gumtrees and frequenting bats, there are solutions for you, and we are happy to run through them with you over the phone if you like.


Always make sure your poolside pavers are salt tested, you want to do your best to ensure longevity as dressing your pool is an investment that you should protect as much as possible. Make sure your pavers are safe and non-slip, be mindful when choosing your profiling as safety is equally as important as aesthetics! Lastly, try to stay away from pavers that can get too hot, this makes enjoying the poolside much more difficult and can make you regret your decision fairly quickly.

Pick the right poolside pavers for yourself and your family, you guys deserve the best and most importantly you deserve a safe and happy environment.

Always do your research, and if you need help from a professional you are always welcome to give us a call.

You’ve had a great read about Pool Pavers and Pool Coping, now read our guide on 5 Natural Stones To Use When Landscaping Your Pool

As always, it’s been a pleasure.

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Arman Minas

Arman Minas

Director at Armstone
A committed and enthusiastic expert, Arman has more than 10 years experience in the stone industry and 20 years in the design space. Arman’s strong, customer focused passion has seen countless projects come to life. At the head of the Armstone team, Arman oversees all aspects of the business.