Metal Coping

Metal coping is a critical component to every construction project with exposed vertical walls. This encompasses the vast majority of commercially purposed structures and many residential projects. Coping is installed at the top of all wall surfaces and chimneys. The purpose of the product is to prevent water from entering the top of vertical walls—the most vulnerable point to a roofing system.

While the purpose of metal coping is simple, the design may not always be as straightforward. As the design of a building changes, specifically referring to the wall design, the coping will be forced to be fabricated in a manner of which will complement the building design. Coping frequently will have a kick out at the bottom section of the metal which will assist with deflecting water from the vertical wall of building. Some coping, specifically for gravel surfaced built up roofs, will have a lip at the top of the flashing that function as a safety design to prevent gravel from sliding off a roof. The design may change frequently but installation and ensuring the coping is fastened securely is one of the most important components to an effective metal coping cap. Once laid onto the top of vertical walls the coping must be fastened directly to the wall, which is generally accomplished with fastening screws and coated with caulk to prevent water from intruding to walls of a building.

The design of coping does not only alter for functionality but it also changes for aesthetic purposes. Ranging virtually every color in the spectrum and offering multiple profiles, metal coping can be an amazing visual aid or visual train wreck if not installed correctly. Many manufactures of coping products offer products that appeal to different classes of individual and institution. Some products boast curved edges to inspire creative thought—financial institutions and advanced learning centers. While other coping products have sharp or rugged lines for builders and offer a cost effective alternative.

Although in many instances the capping or covering of vertical walls (coping) is installed with a metal design, there are various other forms of coping. Predominantly found in vintage architecture, coping may be engineered with brick, tile, slate, marble, wood and thatch design. The concept of the coping is simple but absolutely necessary when dealing with any building that boast exposed vertical walls.