FBC Installation Guidelines


1. Use Latex Modified Portland Cement bedding mortars (either thin bed or thick bed as required). Follow the precise mixing instructions supplied by the setting material manufacturer.

2. Expansion joints shall be installed where Pool Coping abut restraining surfaces such as walls, curbs, columns, corners, and between Pool Coping units and pool decks. Expansion joints shall be spaced not more than 10 ft. apart and at corners where changes in direction occur . Note: The Tile Council of America Installation Handbook is an excellent guideline for the design and installation of expansion joints.

3. The setting bed must be of adequate thickness to allow full bed coverage of the coping units.

4. The top of the wall (or bond beam) shall be cleaned to remove soil, mortar, etc. Dry or dusty concrete shall be wet down or washed, and excess water removed prior to the application of coping units,

5. Pool Coping units shall be beat into place with a rubber mallet to uniformly imbed and level the top surface-before mortar takes initial set. Once set, the units shall not be adjusted or realigned, as such movement can break initial bond.

6. Only as much mortar shall be spread as can be covered within 5-10 minutes, or while the surface is still tacky. The setting mortar shall not be allowed to dry or “skin” over prior to placement of coping units.


Currently, there is no industry specification covering Pool Coping design and construction methods. The guidelines described above are given as considerations and should not be construed as the only design and installation method. FBC does not recommend installing PC200, PC230, PC250 or PC270 colors in areas which experience freeze/thaw conditions. FBC assumes no liability for any consequences which may occur in design or installation, and expressly disclaims any implied or expressed warranty with regard to same.