Coping is an essential part of any swimming pool design, providing a finished edge around the perimeter of the pool and serving as an anti-slip barrier between the pool and the surrounding decking. The cost of pool coping can vary depending on the material you choose, the size of your pool, the style, and other factors.
In this article, I’ll take a closer look at the cost of pool coping for both new installs and replacement projects so that you can plan and budget accordingly. Let’s dive in.
- Pool coping costs can range anywhere from $6 to $55 per linear foot.
- The price of coping materials differ based on the type of material, whether it’s concrete, natural stone, pavers, bricks, or porcelain.
- Additional factors that affect the cost of coping are repair work, replacement, professional installation, sealing, and surface preparation.
- Natural coping stones are more expensive, while concrete is a more cost-effective option for those on a budget.
Pool Coping Cost for New Installs
The material you choose is the most significant factor affecting the cost of your new coping. Many options are available for coping, and they all range in price and style.
The cost for pool coping can range from $6 to $55 per linear foot, depending on the material.
|Pool Size||Linear Feet of Coping Needed||Price for Coping|
|10×20||60||$360 – $3,300|
|15×20||70||$420 – $3,850|
|12×24||72||$432 – $3,960|
|15×30||90||$540 – $4,950|
|20×40||120||$720 – $6,600|
If you’re on a tighter budget, consider concrete for your pool coping. Concrete can be poured into any shape or size and is your most cost-effective option, with an average rate ranging between $6 to $12 per linear foot.
Natural stones are an excellent choice for pool coping but are also the most expensive. Natural stones are durable, resistant to slippage, and perfect for those looking for a natural beauty aesthetic. The most popular options are travertine, bluestone, limestone, or granite, and most options will cost $45 to $55 per linear foot.
Somewhat similar to concrete, pavers are made from individual units that can be easily replaced if damaged. Prices for these are wide-ranging since they are such a versatile material—you can expect pavers to typically cost anywhere between $20 to $45 per linear foot or piece.
Brick is often sought out by those seeking a cheerfully rustic aesthetic. It’s a go-to choice to establish a classic, traditional look that also coalesces with long-lasting strength and durability. This material can set you back around $25 to $30 per linear foot.
A newer material used for pool coping, porcelain has become popular because it is durable, non-porous, elegant, and has a non-slip surface. For porcelain coping, you can expect an average cost range of $20 to $40 per linear foot.
Pool Coping Cost for Replacement
The cost of replacing pool coping can vary a fair bit depending on several factors, such as the type of coping material, its shape, any particular features, the size, and any particular custom features.
Generally, replacing pool coping ranges in price from $6 to $55 per linear foot, just like with new installs. This means that for a typical swimming pool with 100 linear feet of coping, the cost can range from $600 to $5,000.
However, you will need to consider a few additional factors affecting the overall cost, including removing the old coping, repairing the underlying structure, and leveling the pool deck, which I’ll dive into deeper below. Unless you do this yourself, you will need to pay additional labor for the professionals to properly prepare the area before installing the new coping. On average, professionals will charge anywhere between $30 and $200 per hour, depending on the complexity of the project.
I recommend getting multiple quotes from pool professionals in your area to better understand the cost of replacing your pool coping. They can give you a more accurate estimate based on your specific pool and the materials you choose.
Additional Costs to Consider
Besides the cost of the coping material, you may need to consider extra costs when it comes to newly installing or replacing pool coping.
If you are reinstalling coping, your old coping may not need to be entirely replaced. In some cases, you might be able to get away with simply replacing some parts of the pool coping that are in bad shape. Your coping also might have to be repaired in certain sections. For cracked or shifted coping, you can use pool-grade epoxy or sealant to fill the gap.
However, pool coping should be completely replaced every 10 to 15 years or if it’s deteriorated beyond spot repair or spot replacement. You can remove the old coping using a chisel and hammer to pull up the stone. Alternatively, you can call in a professional to do this for you.
Typically, surface preparation for pool coping layout involves removing any existing coping or decking, leveling the surface, and ensuring proper drainage. This may involve grading, compacting, and adding base material to create a stable foundation, like concrete. The area has to be thoroughly prepared before installing the coping to ensure that the ground is level, stable, and able to support the weight of the coping material.
If the existing surface is in good condition, the preparation cost may be minimal, and simple cleaning and leveling of the surface may suffice. However, surface preparation costs will naturally rise if the existing surface is pitted, uneven, or requires extensive repair.
Pool coping is often exposed to water, chlorine, and other chemicals, which can cause the material to deteriorate over time. Sealing the coping can help protect it from these elements, prolonging its life and improving its appearance. On average, you can expect to shell out around $1 to $3 per linear foot every time you seal your coping. You will need to reseal every 2-3 years.
Factors Affecting Pool Coping Cost
Here’s a breakdown of each factor that affects the overall pool coping cost.
As mentioned, the material you choose for your pool coping can significantly impact the cost; natural stone is pricey, for instance, but concrete is much cheaper and more budget-friendly.
The design and thickness of your pool coping can also affect the cost. Rounded edges, bull-nosed coping, or rebated edges cost more to install than straight factory-edge coping.
Size and Shape of the Pool
The size and shape of your pool are other factors that can affect pool coping costs. A larger pool will require more materials and labor, increasing the overall cost. Additionally, if your pool is uniquely shaped, standard pool coping sizes may not fit properly. Since you’ll need custom coping, this can drive up the cost.
The labor cost can vary depending on the geographic location and the professional. A more experienced and skilled professional may charge a higher rate but may also complete the project more efficiently and with higher quality. The complexity of the design and size of the project will also impact the labor cost. On average, a professional may charge between $30 to $200 an hour.
DIY vs. Hiring a Professional
You can DIY many tasks when it comes to swimming pools, but unless you have a decent amount of experience with home improvement projects, it can be risky to attempt pool coping installation yourself.
The labor costs you think you might save by doing it yourself might go into repairing any subsequent damages to the coping due to water leakage, cracks, or poorly installed expansion joints. Small mistakes caused by inexperience can add up in the long run and cost you a whole lot more. However, if you do it properly, you could save yourself $4 to $30 per linear foot on labor costs.
If you’re not confident you can DIY install your pool coping, hire a professional.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cheapest pool coping?
Concrete is by far your best choice for cost-effective pool coping. It’s cheap because it’s easy to work with and fairly common. Don’t be fooled by the price. Concrete coping can be made to look more expensive by dyeing and stamping it to create some texture and mimic the appearance of natural stone.
What is the most expensive pool coping?
The most expensive pool coping materials are typically natural stone options such as granite, marble, and travertine. Natural stone coping is sought after for durability, longevity, and luxurious aesthetic appeal.
What is the most popular pool coping?
Well, there isn’t one! Preferences for pool coping can vary based on personal preference, budget, and the overall design and style of the pool area. For those with a budget on the lower end, brick and concrete are usually top choices, while others lean towards natural stone coping.
Do you have more questions? Let me know!