Indiana limestone is a highly recommended product for capping walls. This natural quarried material is both easy to machine and durable. Proven through generations of service on many or our most historic buildings and national monuments, Indiana limestone has shown itself to be more durable than cast concrete or steel copings. Limestone is not subject to the spalling and deterioration we have seen with many of the old cast concrete projects now being replaced with limestone. The neutral buff color of limestone seems to compliment nearly any brick color; however, there are other natural stone products that can be used for coping as well, such as the Kasota stone used on Rockford Memorial Hospital.
Benson Stone Company has developed a coping design that has proven to save installation time. The design also allows an installation process that does not penetrate the flashing, ensuring a well-protected wall cavity. As shown in the detail, the roofing material is wrapped over the entire top of the wall. The coping is then set in place using a crane with a specially designed clamp. The weight of the coping is sufficient to hold the coping in place without any additional anchoring. Backer rod and caulk are then used to finish the joints.
Scandroli Construction Company installed this new coping design on the Hilander building in Roscoe and on Boylan High School in Rockford. Both projects pictured at the right are great testimonials to its benefits. Gary Janowski of Scandroli Construction said the coping installed quickly and makes a better wall by avoiding holes in the flashing.
This coping installs quickly, does a superior functional job, looks attractive, contributes lasting value, and is furnished by a local fabricator that will give personal attention to the project.