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Coping is the very top masonry course which caps the top of any exterior wall. Coping comes in many different shapes designed to divert water away from a building where coping may also be a decorative feature or to avoid water penetrating any kind of exterior wall. Commonly, coping is either the splayed type which has a one directional slope or saddle-backed where water can flow away both sides of the coping stones. Frequently used on parapet style walls, coping is often in contrasting colours to add to the decorative as well as practical effect. Coping is often not noticed on the exterior of older buildings as it is incorporated into sometimes quite elaborate designs that integrate seamlessly with the look of a building. To see architectural coping at its finest, take a look at pictures of the world’s most famous, ancient universities and stately homes.
For homeowners and commercial property owners, Creating interest and function with outdoor walling is a super way to make outside areas at one with your building. Contrasting walls and coping stones not only improve privacy and security but also will help to prevent weather damage. A patio surrounded by a beautiful exterior wall with contrast coping will create the perfect sun trap for outdoor living and relaxation.
There is a fantastic array of coping stone supplies to match up or contrast with walls and other outdoor structures in contemporary, rustic and classic styling. Complementary features such as pillars and columns can also be included as decorative elements.
There are many precast concrete wall copings and caps as well as natural stone and reconstituted stone copings and caps. They will all do a perfect job of providing affordable finishing touches and protect mortar from water damage by deflecting water away from the wall face. The coping stones also prevent other kinds of weather damage such as frost damage and snow. Of course proper installation of coping stones is key to long lived performance.
Swimming pool areas are one place where coping is essential and enhances the whole design of an outdoor pool. Coping stones for swimming pools are essential as they not only perform functionally but also turn a plain pool into an exciting show piece as ornate or classic as taste allows. There are so many designs and colors available that there is something for even the most discerning of swimming pool owners to enjoy. The versatility of the coping stones mean the outdoors can be adjusted to very exacting standards and designs.
The design aspect of coping stones relies on personal taste and the project. There are creamy colored sandstone effects, black slate, terracotta with different textures and finishes. Outdoor hot tubs and Jacuzzis also lend themselves to some stone landscaping (hardscaping) as this is another area where protection from water will be required.
There are different types of coping stone depending on your project and we have explained some of the different types so you understand what the differences are and what is suitable for your personal project.
FEATHER EDGE COPING (Walls)
This type sheds water in one direction. For example, these coping stones are used on parapet style walls where the water needs to be directed to a flat roof or balcony for drainage. For designers, this type of coping stone offers versatility as a greater number of dimensions and corners can be included.
SADDLE BACK COPING (Walls)
This coping stone sheds water in two different directions and is in common use on boundary walls with straight runs. Pier caps are also usual with this kind of wall.
FLAT TOP COPING (Walls)
This option is very popular in modern design because the style goes with a minimal approach to design. The use of pre cast wall caps is a versatile way to design a project as external and internal corner units are the same. A perfect use is for low level walls where the walls can double up as a bench seat also.
CHAMFERED COPING (Walls)
This type of design is used mostly for heritage style projects to match deep capping stones. The flat top also makes this type useful for railings to be affixed.
For around pools, hot tubs, Jacuzzis and spas, there is a wide range of coping stones to protect your investment in a sumptuous selection of stone types featuring limestone, travertine, slate, sandstone and granite to name just a few. Coping stone is the finishing touch to your outdoor projects wherever you want to protect a structure from water and weather damage. Adding beautiful contrast or tone on tone beauty, the variety of coping stones available will make your outdoor designs a joy to work with.
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