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

Published by Armstone, 29 January, 2019

It’s a daily question for us to hear – what do we need to consider with our Pool area & Pool Coping?

After over 10 years in this industry – dealing with 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 us define the term “Pool Coping” as we will refer to this throughout this post. Pool coping is essentially a capping material that goes around the pool edge to dress the rim of the pool with a safe and finished profile.

1. Pick Your Material

It’s key to consider a type of material that is suitable for your pool area.
Not all-natural stone pavers come equal, there are 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 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 stones reaction to salts and chlorine, as well as certain other factors for the longevity of the stone.

Armstone Staff Tip:

Do not use Sandstone around your pool. Sandstone is formed mainly of wide apart sand particles which makes its prone to de-bonding ie… falling apart!

2. Safety First

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.

A company who takes safety seriously, will almost always have a certificate to provide covering these important aspects.

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

3. Pool Copping Finish

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

There are three options 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 edge go up to 120mm into the water.
It’s really up to your personal taste.

Drop Edge coping really 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 slightly bevelled edge, 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.

Merino Marble Pavers and Coping

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

c) Bullnose Pool Coping

A perfect finish to work with a curved pool or figure 8 pool.
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.

4. Heat Resistance

It’s key to consider overall heat factor.
If your pool is getting constant sun, darker coloured coping and pavers can get quite hot.

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.

Calcite based natural stones reflect approximately 30% more heat than their counterparts.

If you don’t get too much sun, this isn’t as much of a concern.
You can calmly pick a Bluestone paver or Granite paver to suit.

5. Sealing & 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 indoors -, when tree leaves drop, pet’s go to do their business or bats fly over and do their doo doo.

These can leave nasty marks that are really 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 actually 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.

Life style and environment needs 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 Seal? Read more from the top Sealer Manufacturer in the world by clicking here

Do not worry too much, there are 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.


Guys, there are a lot of options out there and a lot of different suppliers. Be aware of who says what and only listen to those who not only sound like an expert, but can back up their statements with proof.

There are many business out there who may not want to deceive but due to lack of knowledge and know-how, they give the wrong advice to the undiscerning customer.

We don’t believe this is good enough, anyone supplying a product should know what pros and cons of the product are.

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

Pick the right poolside pavers for yourself and your family, you guys deserve the best and most importantly you deserve safety for you and your family.

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.

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