Searching for comments on faux rocks used in landscaping.
I would like to build a waterfall by my pool from a light(er) weight
material than fieldstone rocks. I've seen some of these prefab units
onloine but never in person.
Comments on their loks ? durability ? other comments ?
The best and most realistic I've seen, including watefalls, splash blocks,
garden decor, etc. came from Urdl's in Delray Beach, FL. Their website is
http://www.urdls.com /. Their stuff is neither cheap nor light-weight, but
very realistic -- they use some type of morter mix, poured into forms made
from real rock formations, then plumbed for use as waterfalls. If you're
not in South/Central Florida, shipping might be expensive, but if you can
see their work you'll be impressed.
With any water feature you'll have a problem with algae, and in my
experience, the light-weight faux rocks are like lava-rocks, with open
surfaces that are very hard to clean. I had two Urdl waterfalls in another
house and they held up well for many years.
Many look like crap. Quite a few are the "lava rock" variety, very
porous and poor choices for ponds/waterfalls. Impossible to clean.
The best are the ones made from a cement mix, sometimes with Perlite
or other filler to lighten them. Often they are made of castings from
real rocks and match pretty well. There are some manufactured for
waterfalls, with appropriate splash points and even drilled for
Check your local suppliers, they often have a decent variety
available. One problem is non-native rocks, if they look out of place
your entire "natural" waterfall will look bad. Of course, most around
here have a pile of fake rock with water squirting out the top. You
know, the natural tendency of water to seek the highest point... :)
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