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In this article, we have compiled a list of the most frequently utilized types of wall coping in construction. We have placed particular emphasis on those used on rooftop parapet walls, elevator bulkheads, privacy walls, and other rooftop structures. However, these coping materials can also be used for other types of walls.

Gain more knowledge on the subject of wall coping from our dedicated page on “Wall Coping”

Table of Contents

  • What is Wall Coping?
  • Materials for Wall Coping Types
  • Stone Coping
  • Brick Coping
  • Clay Copings
  • Concrete Coping
  • Metal: Aluminium Wall Coping
  • Aluminium Wall Copings Available at Kladworx

Introduction: What is Wall Coping?

When the uppermost part of a wall lacks protection from other structural components, it is necessary to install a coping system. A wall coping is an architectural fabrication or a preventive layer that is installed on the top of a wall or parapet to protect it from water or weather damage. While its practical function is to protect the wall, coping can also contribute to the visual appeal of a building. Coping systems can be installed to complement the building’s style and enhance its overall appearance. 

Coping is often referred to by various names such as “wall capping”, “wall covering”, “coping cover”, and “coping capping”. 

Materials for Wall Coping Types

The range of wall copings available is quite diverse, with each type serving a unique purpose depending on the project requirements. Stone, brick, clay, concrete, and metal are all popular choices.

Brick Coping: Brick may not be the most ideal material for wall copings due to the high number of joints, which increases the risk of water seepage if the workmanship is not up to par. Over time, the brick and mortar can deteriorate, leaving the walls vulnerable to the elements. It’s usually found only on interior walls, such as privacy walls for rooftop terraces, but not on parapet walls. Due to its susceptibility to deterioration, frequent maintenance inspections are required for brick coping.

However, if you prefer the aesthetic of brick copings, it’s best to use them for decorative purposes on non-parapet walls. To install brick copings, begin by setting the bricks into a layer of mortar or structural adhesive on top of the wall and secure the joints with mortar or epoxy. This ensures that the bricks are level and straight. Make sure that the installation is proper and perform regular maintenance checks to prevent any potential safety hazards.

Clay Coping: Terracotta or clay wall copings are a popular choice for masonry walls as they complement the appearance of brick walls very well. They have a longer lifespan compared to brick wall copings, making them a superior choice. However, if they are not installed correctly, they may detach from the mortar bed.

As a result, they need regular inspections and more maintenance to check for any loose coping pieces. It’s crucial to address any issues immediately since a falling piece of terra cotta coping can cause significant property damage. When compared to metal coping, a clay coping is much heavier and a bigger disaster.

Concrete Coping: Compared to natural stone copings and other alternatives, concrete wall copings are a more economical choice. However, it’s essential to exercise caution when using them since they are one of the heaviest and thickest materials used for wall coping. This type of coping is not suitable for all types of wall construction and is typically used only on solid masonry walls that can handle the load.

Despite this, they are available in different colors, which can be achieved by adding pigments to the concrete mix, giving designers and builders more options to create a stylish look for their buildings or wall.

Stone Coping: Stone copings are generally considered an excellent choice for many buildings and walls with natural stone cladding. They have a higher cost compared to other coping materials like concrete or clay. Additionally, the weight of the stone can be a concern, as it is a heavy material that may cause structural problems depending on the wall’s design and strength.

Installing stone copings can be a more complicated process than installing other materials, requiring skilled labor and various methods to ensure proper installation and adequate bonding.

Metal Coping: Metal copings, such as Aluminium Wall Copings, Stainless Steel Wall Copings, Steel Wall Copings, are popular options for flat roofs and parapet walls. Metal coping is strong, lightweight, long-lasting, and resistant to weathering.

Metal Coping: Aluminium Wall Copings

If you’re looking for a durable material for coping, aluminium coping is a popular option for buildings, particularly in London and Kent. One of the most popular brands of aluminium coping is Alumasc Skyline Coping. Alumasc Skyline coping is known for its sleek and modern design, often used on parapet walls, and is available in a range of colours to match the aesthetic of the building.

Skyline Aluminium Coping is a great option for those looking for a stylish and practical solution for their building’s parapet walls. The installation process is straightforward and involves securing the coping to the wall with specialist fixings. In addition to its durability, aluminium coping is also easy to maintain and clean.

The choice of material for coping will depend on factors such as the design requirements, budget, and the level of protection required. It is recommended to consult with a professional installer to determine the best material and design for your specific project.

Aluminium Wall Copings Available at Kladworx

Kladworx offers an extensive variety of Alumasc aluminium wall copings, the standard skyline range, and custom-made options to fit the specific requirements of each project. Our range of products includes 3m Aluminium Copings, 135 Degree Angle Copings, 90 Degree Angle Aluminium Copings, Apex Angle Copings, Lower Raking Wall Copings, Stop End Aluminium Wall Copings, Tee Junction Aluminium Wall Copings, and Upstand Stop End Aluminium Wall Copings. They are available in various sizes and colours, making them a popular choice for architects, designers, and housebuilders.

Contact us today to discuss your wall-coping requirements and explore the options available to Kladworx.

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