Coping, Tiling, and Rock Detailing - Pool Renovation Services

Pool Coping

If you are considering having a pool built or renovated, coping and tiling are necessary components that will secure the integrity of your Swimming pool for many years of use while tying the look together with the surrounding regions.

Pool coping covers the top edge of the pool and protects the tiles and plaster. Also, It provides some separation from the pool to the pool deck to provide a smooth edge and keep the fill water away from the deck.

Therefore, coping is an essential aspect of an inground swimming pool or spa & sits above the pool’s bond beam, covering steel rods that emerge from the walls. This means that without proper coping, the pool won’t be safe to use, and the edges could injure someone.

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Best Type of Pool Coping for You

Concrete, Natural Stone, Pavers, or Brick?

Which Coping is Right for Your Pool?

Typical priority factors for choosing coping include:

  • Coping Cost
  • Aesthetics and colors of the surrounding stone or porcelain tiles and pavers
  • Coping Maintenance preferences
  • Slip resistance
  • Texture and feel of the stone or porcelain coping under foot.

Pool Coping Repair or Renovation

Coping is a term for hardscape material such as natural stone or brick. It is installed around the outside of pools to help give your pool more support. Pool copings come in a variety of styles and textures. The coping around the pool, or the ledge, can get damaged over time. Cracks, chips, missing grout, etc. can become an unsightly hazard when entering or leaving the pool. Or, perhaps you just want to update the look and feel of the pool. Change the coping from concrete to bluestone, brick to pavers, and Stamped concrete to natural stone. The options are limitless when you decide to redo your coping.

Pool Coping Options

  • Cantilever – This type of pool coping is a poured-in-place concrete edge. It is a bullnose concrete edge, which means the edge is rounded. This type of coping is poured on top of the pool shell, and it is a low-maintenance and affordable option.
  • Bullnose Brick – Brick pool coping provides a smooth edge to your swimming pool. It can be available in a variety of looks and colors so that you get the style you want, but it can be a great finish for your pool.
  • Custom Stone – A custom natural stone can be a pricier option for pool coping, but it can be a gorgeous one. This can give your pool a very high-end finish, and you can choose from different types of stone to get the look you want. Travertine is a popular stone option because it is very slip-resistant, which could be great for your pool.
  • Pre-Cast Coping – This type of pool coping can be a more affordable alternative to natural stone. It is a pre-cast type of edge for your pool that is easy to install. It is also a very durable option, and it is easy to maintain. You can find pre-cast coping in a variety of different patterns, textures, and colors, so it can be a great way to get the exact look that you want.
  • Receptor – Receptor pool coping is mounted on the top of your pool wall, and it is used when concrete is going to be poured around your pool.

Your coping tiles are important when it comes to the way your pool looks as well as how safe it will be for its users. Cantilevered and paver coping tiles can be a great choice if you’re looking for something on the more affordable side, and they can be quite attractive additions to your pool. On a slightly higher price tier you will find brick and natural stone coping, which are often more attractive options. Think about what kind of style you’re going for and what you’re looking for in new coping tiles before you head out and make a decision.

Why is Coping for Pools Important?

  • The prime purpose of coping is to return splashes of water back to the pool.
  • Coping also prevents water seepage into the base of the deck.
  • The smart design of a pool coping can stop the entry of dirt, debris, and fallen leaves into the pool.
  • It can also give a grip to swimmers, making it easier for them to hang out in the pool.
  • Well-designed pool coping can act as a diving point to facilitate swimmers to experiment with different diving postures.
  • Anti-skid surfaces of a pool coping cut the risks of slipping for swimmers while walking or diving.
  • As a structural element of the pool, the pool coping can act as a retention cap over pool siding/side walls beneath.

Pool Tiling Renovations

When you’re creating your ultimate pool oasis, you have a lot of decisions to make and that includes your pool tiles.

Pool tile renovation can bring a fresh, new atmosphere to your home’s outdoor space. Whether you are in need of repairs, or you are interested in modernizing your pool space, pool tiling renovation can help you get the pool of your dreams.

Swimming pool tile can shift and fall off in a pool even if it is installed properly. That is the nature of having elements outside. This is especially common in freeze/thaw climates. The surface of your pool should last 10-30 years: that includes marcite, pebble, or alternatives. Over time the water chemistry will affect the surface and can cause etching or pitting. This is what causes the lines to show up in your pool. The water pulls minerals out of the surface of the pool which causes erosion.

Tiles might fall off because of their age or the original adhesive weakening. However, this could be due to;

  • Drainage issues
  • Ground movement
  • Leaks behind the tile
  • Cracks behind the tile
  • Soil conditions
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Multiple Benefits of Using Tiles

  • Longevity – they are durable, look great and stand the test of time.
  • Colour – Pool tiling gives you even greater control of the colour of your pool water due to the reflection.
  • Achieve a premium finish – tiling looks incredible and there are many colours and styles to choose from.
  • Easier cleaning – the surface is smoother and easier to keep clean compared to pebble.
  • Removes the look of a dry or washed-out appearance between the waterline and the base of the coping.
  • Full tile lining can also be kinder and more gentle on your feet.
Tiles for the pool

Pool Tile Types


Mosaic tiles are generally smaller ceramic pieces used together to form decorative and colorful accents on the floor and sides of a pool. This type of tiles can be arranged to create elaborate, intricate designs. When used on the pool floor, mosaic tiles should be cleaned regularly to eliminate the build-up of algae, chemicals, and mold.


Natural stone has been used for thousands of years, making it a timeless beauty. And there’s a reason it’s been used for centuries — it’s incredibly tough and long-lasting. Granite, slate, marble, and travertine are all great options for stone tiling.


Glass pool tile offers an unmatched combination of durability and easy care. Unlike stone, ceramic, or porcelain pool tile, glass tile isn’t porous, which means you won’t have to worry much about dealing with algae, mildew, or stains.


Porcelain pool tile is long-lasting, easy on the feet, and gives off an enchanting underwater shimmer, which is why many pool owners choose it for their pool finishes. Porcelain can offer bold, striking accents, or it can blend well with the surrounding landscape. Porcelain may look high-end, but it is still a cost-effective option for pool tiling.


Ceramics is a very close second product to porcelain when it comes to the most popular choice of swimming pool tile. This is because it is affordable, durable, and water-resistant. Ceramic tile can also be painted or made into a mosaic shape by the homeowner/contractor as desired. However, ceramic will absorb slightly more water than porcelain as it is not quite water resistant.

Waterline, Underwater or Both

There are two places tiles go in your pool, either the waterline or underwater:

  • Waterline tiles - run along the waterline of your pool and serve as the finishing touch. They are a good design element and make your pool complete. Typically, three inches of the waterline is underwater and three inches are above water.
  • Inlaid tiles - are underwater and recessed in the pool mold. This is so the tiles are equal to the pool’s surface. You will find these tiles on the seats, steps, floors, and walls of pools.

If you want to make an existing pool more attractive and inviting, you can achieve this by refreshing the waterline with new tiles. Mosaic tiles with eye-catching designs work wonderfully to add an extra touch of style to your swimming pool.

If it’s the entire pool that you are looking to tile, remember that waterline and inlaid tiles don’t have to be the same color. For example, you can accent the inlaid tiles with a complementing waterline tile, creating a stunning effect.

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Pool Tile Repair

If you notice your pool tiles are cracked, damage, and showing their age, it might be time for pool tile repairs. Damaged tiles are not only unattractive to look at but can be dangerous. The damage that you see is often an indicator that other aspects of your pool area are ready for an update. When fixing up your pool tiles, many choose to undergo a full renovation. dangerous.

If you want your pool to look its best and to be safe to use, having properly installed tiles is important. If your pool has seen better days and needs repairing because it has some chipped or broken tiles, get the best swimming pool tilers in Oklahoma to fix them and breathe new life into your pool.

Difference between a Pool Tile and a Regular Tile

Pool tile has been specially manufactured to stand up to sunlight, changing temperatures, an aquatic environment, and constant contact with the chemicals in swimming pool water. “Regular” household tile such as bathroom and kitchen tile isn’t designed for outdoor use and may not offer the same durability.

Pool Tile and Coping with Elite Pool Service

Tile and Coping are a huge part of the overall feel and finish of your swimming pool. Elite Pool Service is proud to offer a variety of pool tiles and pool coping replacement options so that you can have the ideal surface in and around your pool and pool deck. If you are seeing cracks throughout your decking, it’s probably a good sign that your coping needs to be replaced.

Pool renovations with new tiles or coping is a fantastic way to update the look of your pool, and selecting the right one for you, your home, and your family is paramount at Elite Pools. We do many different styles of tile and coping to fit your needs. From a natural oasis look to a more modern glass look, we can fit your needs.

Our professional pool contractors can easily walk you through the selection and design process and help you evaluate costs over the phone. When it comes to installation, our trained and certified builders will be held to the highest standards of quality in the industry.


Pool Rock Detailing and Cleaning

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Pool rock detailing, like tile, adds to the overall appearance of your pool.

Rock features add a whole new level of style to swimming pools, but over time they're likely to fade, crack, or otherwise become damaged. If your pool has rock work and features or detail, Elite Pool Service is here to help repair, maintain, and refurbish it. As your trusted swimming pool experts in Oklahoma area, we can take care of detailing your pool rocks and any other elaborate rock features.

Artificial Rock Repair

If the artificial rock in the pool is severely cracked or damaged, it’s time for a lock repair service. You need emergency repair services if you notice concrete deterioration, rusty rebar, plumbing leaks, or other aesthetic issues. Elite Pool uses techniques to make rock features more eye-catching, such as reshaping, resizing, repainting, and edging.

Rock Painting

We also offer rock paint restoration services for existing projects to change the look of your project or simply touch up spots that have worn over time.

Pool Rock Maintenance

Not many people know that it could be a significant loss if pool cracks are not detected and repaired on time. If it starts to spread, it will cause noticeable problems; it’s already too late to prevent it, and it’s time for repairs. In other words, it’s always better to be safe than to regret. Especially when it comes to artificial rock pool repairs, it can be costly.

Rock Sealing

This is often the stage that is underestimated but is actually one of the most important final stages of the rockwork process. Without proper sealing, water can degrade the rockwork as well as the surrounding areas.