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Coping Tiles, Surrounds and Stone Cladding

The coping tile is the natural or man-made stone or paver used to cap the pool shell wall. It is the first row of tiles that runs around the top of pool. The coping tile is the first tile you’ll step on when getting in or out of the pool and is also the one you’ll sit on when on the edge of the pool. As these tiles are prone to heavy body and foot traffic, we suggest you think about having a profile on the end of the tile. Profiles like a bullnose, square edge, rebated and pencil edge will eliminate the sharp side of the tile making it smoother and safer for a pool area.

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Types of pool copings and surrounds



Travertine is a form of limestone that has been formed in hot springs. If you’re looking for a natural and stylish paver that requires minimal maintenance, then look no further than travertine. The tile is a hard wearing and versatile natural stone that has been an ideal option for pool areas due to its, durability and performance as a non-slip, cool surface. This is because the finish of the travertine has a high co-efficient of friction, meaning even when it is wet it still attains its grip and bind with your skin. Due to its natural make-up process, travertine will remain cool when out in direct sunlight; yes, even under our Australian sun, so you won’t burn your feet getting into and out of the pool. Due to its flexibility and workability, travertine is a popular choice for rounded and curved pools.


Limestone is a sedimentary rock comprised of aged, fossilised materials such as sands, coral, and shell. Being a sedimentary rock, limestone is durable and hardwearing meaning it performs well in an aggressive pool environment. When you’re searching for a natural stone with a modern and elegant feel, limestone may be your best option. Available in many sizes, textures, light and dark shades, limestone is the paver to blend in seamlessly with your pool area and backyard.


Porcelain tiles are man-made tiles that are comprised of structurally compressed clay. Porcelain tiles usually have a print on them. This print may be plain, coloured or mimic the look of a natural stone. The print is a gritty, slip resistant coating, meaning it is perfect for wet areas. Porcelain is a favourable choice for rectangular/square pools with modern house designs and has proved its performance as being a premium pool coping tile.


Granite is a heavy igneous rock comprised of crystalline and volcanic stones. It is extremely dense and hard wearing, meaning it is a great choice for the harshest of pool environments and pool chemicals. The only downside to granite is that the darker shades may retain heat on extremely hot days making it uncomfortable to walk or sit on when using the pool.


Sandstone is a sedimentary rock comprised of compressed layers of sand grains and quartz. Over time, these layers are cemented together, giving the sandstone veins and layers of different colours of sediments. Sandstone has a natural charm to it, being a popular selection for pools in a natural setting. Even when sandstone ages and erodes, it retains its natural elegance. However, pool chemicals and other foreign substances will eventually speed up the erosion process if the sandstone is left neglected.


Marble is a metamorphic rock comprising of recrystallised carbonate minerals. It is an extremely dense and hearty stone, being great for resisting pool chemicals and other foreign elements. Whilst marble is associated with a smooth and slippery finish, when in a pool environment it is not. Poolside marble will undergo texturing or tumbling to give the stone grip and improve its slip resistance. If you’re looking for a stone that is all elegance and class, marble is the stone choice for you.

Crazy paving

Crazy paving or flagging stone, are irregular natural stone pieces that come in different colours, shapes, and sizes. With crazy paving, there is no order or rule to laying it. The jagged pieces are laid irregularly, with a mortar joint filling the void. Every project completed in crazy paving is unique. Due to its gritty texture and relative density, crazy paving is an ideal stone for pool environments. If you’re looking for a pool surround with a traditional appeal, you may want to consider the crazy pave option.

Stone cladding

A recent growing trend in industry has been the immersion of natural stone cladding within the pool area and swimming pool itself. Stone cladding is usually installed on water features, retaining walls or privacy walls. It is available in a free form setting or on interlocking or stacked panels. As a whole, stone cladding gives your pool area another texture to your pool design, bringing in an elegant yet natural contrast to your swimming abode. In our showroom we have a huge range of colours, tones, and textures to suit your tastes and preferences. Talk to our designers and find a natural stone cladding that will complement your pool and backyard surroundings!