WaterfallNow will show you the gist of how we create imitation or mock rocks. These are the rocks that we use to create our water features. There are different materials we use for different applications to achieve different textures. We also employ different materials to get a different weight, sound of water, and natural color over time through the growth of moss. There are many people searching for ways to make homemade imitation rocks. The do it yourself (DIY) videos online are teaching methods that will crack, chip, and break easily. WaterfallNow has tried virtually every method and can say that the method we employ has been tested thoroughly and is employed by all the biggest companies in the world. Why make small boulders when you can make mountains?
We have some faux stone veneer panels available. Colors can be painted darker to any color and coated with a clear layer of UV paint. PU foam panels, PU ledgestone, faux rock decorative wall covering panels. Metal wall, ceiling, roof cladding panels. For both interior and exterior (indoor and outdoor) applications.
Sample of an plastic veneer panel (texture only) Can make a mold and cast faux stone veneer panels with concrete, fibreglass, GFRC etc.
WaterfallNow can custom create any faux stone veneer panels for use in any application. These are an excellent choice for home construction for both indoor and outdoor applications. Not only do they look great but they last long, don’t fade, don’t crack, and don’t split. Use them on walls, around a fireplace, as a retaining wall cover, or even as part of a water wall feature.
Because faux stone veneer panels do not require the customization of our rock water features they are something that we offer as is. Installation of veneer panels is easy enough. They are lightweight and don’t involve the hassle of carrying real stone.
WaterfallNow can offer clients any style of faux stone veneer panels. Send us an idea or sample of what you would like and we can create some samples. Alternatively you can bring existing samples to us and we will re-create them for you. Fake rock veneer panels great and are increasing in popularity for a reason. They are a great addition to any renovation project – transforming the look and feel of any room.
The rock colour, desired thickness, use of concrete or fibreglass, and even sizing can all be customized according to the clients needs. In some cases you may even find yourself spending less than a fraction of what you would have spent otherwise.
How easy it is to install. No messing around with concrete, getting the carpets dirty, or anything like that. You can check out fauxpanels.com
WaterfallNow believes that some things are meant to change. Gone are the days of having to hire hundreds of different people to have something installed. Doing so cuts into the budget.
Before you think ‘oh here we go another guy preaching how to cut corners,’ just hear me out. The cost of … Everything.. has gone up. It isn’t about cutting corners and taking shortcuts but maximizing the cost-efficiency of what you have to work with. This includes means paying more for energy efficient appliances or lighting. Just think long-term. This cost savings can ultimately be a benefit to the home-buyer.
What could be worse than someone buy a home that you built, not because they like the house, but because they like the location, and seeing them renovate what you thought was ‘built to standard.’
Builders especially, are looking to use their existing crews who they already trust to get the work done themselves. That is not to say that there aren’t problems associated with this as I will mention later.
While most trades require skill and experience, respect must also be given to the growing DIY (do it yourself) movement. More homeowners, landlords, and builders are looking to save money and increase their returns on investment by investing their time more wisely.
In certain cases it may take less than a few hours to install a false rock wall using faux stone veneer panels. No mess and no damage to the flooring. They last long, look clean & uniform, and are easy enough for the ‘do-it-yourselfers’ to manage on their own.
We like the idea of faux stone veneer panels and have employed their use on a number of applications. They are definitely a growing trend and are appearing on many new homes. We just ask that should you install these to ensure that you fill in the gaps.
What I’ve been noticing in many new development projects throughout Surrey, Vancouver, and in other parts of the Lower Mainland is that sometimes these panels are not adhered correctly! Often on more than one house in a row!
I should point out that faux stone veneer panels look beautiful but only when they appear natural. When a person cannot tell from afar or up close that they are made with faux rock panels it is generally a sign that the installer did a good job. If however a person can see from far away that the application is peeling away as I have seen then you may want to address that issue to prevent the same from happening on future houses.
Faux Stone Veneer Panels are NOT a Shortcut!!!
The combination of weathering from rain, sunlight, snow, and freeze-thaw can slowly warp or peel faux stone veneer panels that weren’t properly adhered away from the structure resulting in an ugly appearance. The result? It looks cheap and gives off an air of poor quality work to prospective homebuyers who will then view the rest of the home with even more skepticism.
Would you not wonderyourself if those who built the home didn’t also cut corners on other parts of the home as well? Perhaps on the roofing or plumbing?
I have learned a thing or two about sales and how to sell from being a customer. Selling homes just like selling a car, service, or a product is not about hard sales – which can lose you the sale. It is more about being consultative, providing great support, treating the client with a friendly demeanor, being honest, open, caring, and having a keen eye attention to the details. Ultimately the mantra that we buy from those who we ‘know, like, and trust’ holds true. Moreover, this is one of the reasons why profitable businesses are those that have a large referral base.
Just as you would want someone else to go through some work you’ve done who can give you a fresh perspective you may also want to get a few close people to analyze your newly finished home. Better they see the flaws and you correct them before putting the home up for sale and risk damaging your reputation.
While one or two small problems may not kill the deal they can certainly add up. Where there are a few there tend to be many. The industry professionals tend to have none altogether and they are the ones who can cater to a certain market of buyers that otherwise wouldn’t buy a home. It pays in the long-run to build things that will last for the long-term. Why? Because it can take 20 years to build a solid reputation and a just few minutes to destroy it for good.
On a more positive note, if you need some veneer panels either fake or with real rock feel free to contact us. Our connections are yours as well.
WaterfallNow employs a similar method used in the production of many sinks, bathtubs, shower walls, and more. We utilize a blend of natural stone powders (to achieve the right pigment or texture for the application). We combine that with synthetic materials such as fiberglass (or fibreglass) to increase the strength multiple times over.
WaterfallNow has in the past utilized GFRC on applications for larger commercial projects but the price tag was often far too great for the average home owner.
Back in our landscaping days we noticed a large market for home owners who wanted a waterfall in their backyard. Often times we found that they settled on natural rock formations. We were the guys that people called to clean their green coloured ponds. Eventually they just told us to remove the pond and install fresh turf. This led us to believe that there had to be a better way.
We have tried all sorts of different methods for creating artificial rocks (believe me). Some of these methods might even remind some people of their grade school days… Think paper and styrofoam. Interestingly enough the styrofoam idea did work for a bit but we required something more scalable.
Eventually we turned to a lightweight and more ideal method of creating backyard waterfall features for our clients with fiberglass as the key ingredient. Each renovation project is a blank canvas for us to display our artwork.
This is not our video but this is what a GFRC Rock Panel typically looks like.
GFRC is much heavier than fiberglass and can be difficult to move once created. Our technique usually requires fiber materials, resins, chemical hardeners, natural stone powders, a mold, and some time.
You will see halfway through the video a sample of the rock mixture. This is the method WaterfallNow previously employed.
WaterfallNow’s rock panels have realistic rock textures
Though the market for rock waterfalls is not yet as big in BC as in the US we know that overtime (just like our experience with artificial turf) we will create it. Moreover, we are positioning ourselves this year to make it a growing trend in Surrey. We look forward to partnering with others in the water features industry that are looking to spur this change in garden renovations.
Because our main market is for homeowners we had to find a different way that would offer more customization with half the cost to the client. We employ a method that is light enough to be cut or bent, strong enough to withstand natural elements, and looks better than the real thing. Perhaps in the future we will again employ GFRC if we get a request but it is no longer our focus.
There are many different variations for creating artificial rock panels and a wide variety of materials that can be used. In the end it all depends on what the client wants and exceeding their expectations to provide many great experiences.
Once you create some rock panels and begin putting them together, the possibilities are endless. This could potentially be a DIY project (at least half of the process).
Once the surrounding landscape is complete with plants, grass, trees, and lighting, this water feature will look very nice. Can be remote operated, moved to another location, and even painted to a different colour.
Want to showcase your yard with a beautiful waterfall feature? Call WaterfallNow