So, our pool builder is getting close to finishing our new pool and we've selected and happy with our choices for the tile and decking (sealed stamped concrete w/ anti-slip additive). We're just not sure about the coping.
The pool is rectangular 34x16.
Pool builders initial coping recommendation was for plain concrete with square/flat edge.
We've always used pools with the bullnose/round edges but I understand the pool builders idea that it the square flat edge is a nice touch on an otherwise rather bland rectangular design. And, we'll be using the pool mostly for laps and not just sitting in it so the flat edge wouldn't be that big of a deal.
I'm curious how many pool owners go with flat/square edges to their coping and are happy with it long term? Is it an issue I should even worry about?
Also, to make the coping contrast out more, we're discussing adding an additive to the coping cement plus perhaps some kind of stamping to make it seem closer to a white marble or ivory look. I'm not sure if that approach will last long term - we're planning on staying in our current house forever and using the pool for the next 30 years. I also discussed just switching to travertine or stone for the coping with the builder, but he generally doesn't like how thin that would make the coping. Plus, it might cost more and not really deliver enough to be worth it.
Much worrying over nothing? Should we just go with the square/flat edge stamped concrete?