The last time you went for a swim, did you wonder what went behind it to make this space the most enjoyable part of your home? Most of us do not. We just know that a quick dip in the refreshing water on a hot summer day feels great!
In reality, there are several major parts to a swimming pool. Some are not readily visible, such as the drainage system, chemical feeders, and the motorized pump. Then there are the visible parts such as the water basin, deck, floor tiles, and the edge that hold it all together.
All the parts work together to make your time in the water enjoyable and pleasant. But each component has its own specific function. Tiling and coping are a few of those that are easily overlooked, yet play a very important role, both practically and aesthetically. If you are considering a backyard “oasis” or renovating your existing one, talk with our experts at JR Pool Plastering & Texas Gunite, Ltd. Our team can help you get just the look you want or surprise you with a design you never imagined.
Basics of Coping
Not sure where to start when it comes to designing a swimming area that is both functional and beautiful? Consider the type of edge you choose to hold in the body of water. Here are some basics:
- What is coping? This is the cap that goes around the edge of the swimming pool.
- What is its purpose? It covers the concrete rim and conceals the steel that extends from the walls. It keeps water from dripping behind the shell. Additionally, it merges the finish with the tile.
- What options are available? There are a variety of options you can choose from, including natural stone and precast concrete. Natural stone and brick provide warmth, texture, and the strength of rock. Materials such as limestone are not only beautiful but also can last a lifetime. Precast concrete is a less expensive option and is generally easier to install.
Basics of Tiling
Like peanut butter and jelly, tiles go with coping! Here are the basics:
- What is tiling? It lines the edge of the water area to give a premium, aesthetic, and durable finish.
- What is its purpose? The primary purpose is to give a beautiful and safe finish. Some can make the water appear more blue; others enhance any other color you may prefer such as emerald green or deep turquoise. Not only do they look pretty, but they are also easier to clean than concrete, Gunite or shotcrete.
- What are the options available? The two most common preferences are ceramic mosaic and glass mosaic. You can choose to offset the color of the water with a contrasting hue, match the shade, or blend with the look around the edge.
Hire an Experienced Houston Contractor
Enhance the aesthetics of your property with the décor of your home. For over 30 years, the teams at JR PoolPlastering have served the Houston area with remodeling, installation, and such services. Trust our experienced crew to turn your little oasis into a beautiful luxury, easy to maintain and a joy to use again.