Bull-Nosed Coping

This somewhat unflattering name refers to the “quarter-rounding” or “half-rounding” of the edge of the coping, so that it provides a smooth, soft, and safe edge for swimmers. The “bull nose” concept is also sometimes applied to steps, ledges, and other “Hardscapes” surfaces.

Most precast coping (such as brick or cement) is manufactured with the “bull-nose” feature built-in. With natural stone, the installer has to hand carve the bull-nose on site; thus the phrase “hand-carved bull nose.”