Coping that’s best for full sun and crazy east coast winters

Em P

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Feb 13, 2020
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Hi, we are so close to being done with our new pool, just waiting on the coping. I picked out bluestone after being told I can’t have silver travertine but our contractor just mentioned in passing that this material might not be that awesome either because it gets super hot in direct sun. Any suggestions of a modern looking material that’s less hot on ur feet and hold up to crazy NJ winters?
 

bmoreswim

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Hot, yes, beautiful, yes. Never been a big concern for us though. A splash of water and all is good. I'm not sure I'd want my whole deck to be bluestone heat-wise. Our poured concrete is just enough cooler.
 

jimmythegreek

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a cantilever coping or concrete pavers is mainly what we use. Im not a fan of irregular coping with mud joints, not sure what bluestone style or look you were thinking. bluestone is a form of limestone and anything in that family is a softer stone that can chip. precast concrete coping comes in any style and flavor, and its sealed easily with no issues of a salt enviroment or chlorine
 
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Aquaman7

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a cantilever coping or concrete pavers is mainly what we use. Im not a fan of irregular coping with mud joints, not sure what bluestone style or look you were thinking. bluestone is a form of limestone and anything in that family is a softer stone that can chip. precast concrete coping comes in any style and flavor, and its sealed easily with no issues of a salt enviroment or chlorine
Jimmy,

What kind of sealer would you use for the concrete coping and decking? Penetrating, polyurethane’s or acrylic sealer?
 

lazygirl1978

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Our coping is bluestone and I never felt like it was terrible in the sun. I say go for it! (When the pool is in heavy use, the coping is wet, so that helps.)
 

jimmythegreek

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I mainly use penetrating sealer as it doesnt change the color and protects it longer, wont peel up like top coats do when its time to redo it. I use alot of SRW products, they have a dual guard sealer that is penetrating and shine in one. any of the bigger brand names are good Ive never had a problem with any of them. let the concrete fully cure before you seal it and clean it first otherwise you seal in the dirt
 
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Aquaman7

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I mainly use penetrating sealer as it doesnt change the color and protects it longer, wont peel up like top coats do when its time to redo it. I use alot of SRW products, they have a dual guard sealer that is penetrating and shine in one. any of the bigger brand names are good Ive never had a problem with any of them. let the concrete fully cure before you seal it and clean it first otherwise you seal in the dirt
Ok. Thanks Jimmy
 

Newdude

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Our coping is bluestone and I never felt like it was terrible in the sun. I say go for it! (When the pool is in heavy use, the coping is wet, so that helps.)
So is mine. Nobody stands there unless it’s the last step of a jump in. Anybody sitting there is wearing a suit so it doesn’t feel hot, or it could be wet down with a cannonball. Personally my favorite thing to do on a sunny day is to plant myself in a deep end corner with my arms stretched out on the hot coping. It’s like a heat massage on the back across the shoulder blades.