Concrete Vs Fiberglass Water Features

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Basic Types of Waterfalls

Waterfalls and fountains are an excellent source of peace and tranquility, which can create a relaxing environment around you. The reason people love to go to parks with fountains, beaches and natural waterfalls is it brings a sense of serenity and warmth around and within you. Research studies on the effects of trickling and flowing water has shown that it enhances your mood, reduce stress levels and acts as a white noise. Other studies on the impact of water on your health have shown that it provides humidity, purifies the air and improves overall health. And of course, it makes your garden more appealing and beautiful and provides a dramatic and well defined focal point in your back yard or garden.

Pondless Waterfalls

Waterfalls can be added to your existing pool or spa or can be designed as a stand-alone item, known as pondless waterfall. And if you are wondering where the water goes in a pondless waterfall, it flows down the rocks and gathers in a small basin hidden beneath the rocks and is carried back to the top via a hose. You can turn the waterfall on and off, as in a fountain, and needs nearly no maintenance after installation.

Material Used in Waterfall Construction

There are many different types of materials used in constructing waterfalls. Synthetic fiberglass rock materials can withstand the weather conditions, but natural materials blend better with the landscape. Man-made materials include fiberglass, ceramic, acrylic, stainless steel, concrete, GFRC, styrofoam, polyurethane, glass, plastics, and resin, while natural materials include wood, stone and slate, marble, and tile. Metals are also used such as brass and copper. The most popular types of material for large landscape waterfalls are discussed below: Rock and Concrete.

Rock Waterfalls

Rock waterfalls are the most popular type of waterfall feature because they create a natural, tropical, resort like environment. A rock waterfall is can be an amazing addition to a pool or pond, or you can install a stand-alone feature called pondless waterfall. You can choose natural stone or faux rock. The cost for a pool rock waterfall varies from company to company. There is no set budget and prices vary from region to region based on experience. Man made rock waterfalls are an art form that can take many years to learn. Prices fluctuate with supply and demand. Most rock waterfall contractors in Canada have prices that range between $40-$100 per sq/ft of shotcrete, GFRC, or other rock material. Companies that produce rock waterfalls with fiberglass such as WaterfallNow can do them for less than prices quoted for shotcrete. You end up saving more upfront and in the long-run.

Natural Stone

If you have a taste for authentic materials, you can explore local quarries. There is an option of shipping stone from distant locations, as long as you are ready to bear the shipping cost which is high. Natural stone is cheaper when bought in bulk, but the cost of freight and installation makes it as expensive as the manmade stones.

Artificial Fiberglass Rock

Faux rock is usually composed of Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) that is prepared from natural rock formations and is colored to match the grains and texture of different types of stones. GFRC is lighter in weight and very easy to install compared to shotcrete. WaterfallNow is one of the only companies in North America using a special rock panel which the company produces themselves in Surrey, BC, Canada. How much does concrete rock water features cost vs fiberglass rock waterfalls? Fiberglass rocks can cost around half as much with prices improving as you scale up in size.

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Concrete Waterfalls

Concrete waterfalls demand a considerable level of skill and expertise, but they make a permanent feature in your garden or backyard. They are most effective when used with rocks and stones.  The excavation for concrete waterfalls has to be waterproofed, preferably polythene. In case you want to add rocks or stones, you should do it while the concrete is wet. And the soil at the site should be compacted enough to support the weight of the concrete.

Concrete waterfalls allow a wide range of altering the dimension, such as length, width or shape. In addition, the basin can be made smaller as the space of the water is not taken up by the rocks. Concrete waterfalls are stationary – especially when you have kids there is no risk of movement, permanent, lifetime life expectancy, more economical to build and operate, easier to clean or maintain, safer and more natural looking. They are sturdy but also considerably heavy. You definitely want to ensure they are kept moist while setting to delay cracking. Shotcrete carved rocks will inevitably begin to deteriorate over time. Leaks can prove expensive as well as impossible to repair as they are difficult to detect especially if they are happening within the solid concrete rock formations.

In short, waterfalls whether an addition or stand-alone item can be an amazing addition to your garden or backyard. It is a great way to bring all the positive energy and health benefits offered by flowing water into your home.

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Artificial Rock Advantages And Benefits

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Any Shape Or Size

One of the many advantages of artificial rocks or man-made rocks is that they can be made to can be made to any shape or size.

Where real rocks often come in random shapes and sizes, they are often not as easy to manipulate as artificial rocks despite a mason’s best efforts.

There are many different types of artificial rocks. The most popular being shotcrete, GFRC rock paneling, polyurethane foam, styrofoam, plastic, or fiberglass panels which is what WaterfallNow specializes in.

Natural stone can only stack so high and comes in limited supply depending on where one is located. It requires a lot of manpower as well as heavy machinery.

While we appreciate the beauty of natural rocks, we noticed over 30 years of landscaping, that many water features made with natural stone tend to operate for 2-3 years until they run into ongoing maintenance issues.

Artificial rocks can be designed as pondless waterfalls to reduce maintenance and maximize uptime.

Weight

Artificial rocks weigh less than natural rocks which can require heavy equipment and machinery to maneuver.

Fake rocks such as foam or fiberglass rocks can be lifted by a single person with ease.

Shotcrete rocks are sprayed on-site into a rebar structure and then carved. One of the major disadvantages with concrete is their tendency to crack.

It is often common for most swimming pool water features to be constructed using concrete.

This because most concrete contractors specialize in building swimming pools already.

This isn’t however to say that a swimming pool water feature is always best built with shotcrete.

There are instances where due to large size, it is better to use a hollow structure that is far more cost efficient and affordable.

Weight is not an issue with fiberglass rocks so a special permit is not required.

The creation of large overhangs is much more affordable and safer overall when using artificial rock (hollowed out) as opposed to natural stone which can crack, fall, and potentially crush whoever is underneath.

Color

Artificial rocks can come in any number of colors. Special paints and coatings can be applied to create realistic rock surfaces that you cannot tell apart from real rocks.

Another advantage of artificial rocks is that you can change their color from one year to the next. Tired of brown? The contractor can simply paint over top to another desired color.

WaterfallNow uses a special compound that allows algae to form on the rocks which creates a more realistic appearance over time.

Durability

Fiberglass for example is an extremely durable material. When hardened it is pound for pound many times stronger than steel. It is very water resistant and not prone to cracking due to freeze-thaw action in freezing climates. It also lasts in hot climates.

When built to a commercial thickness, water features made using fiberglass can last for many decades without need of repairs.

Plumbing is protected and easily accessible with pondless waterfalls built using fiberglass. An access to the inner workings can always be made available. On the other hand, internal plumbing issues can be costly to remedy with shotcrete rocks should there be a hidden leak somewhere inside the structure. Once the concrete hardens, it is difficult and costly to repair.

Any Location

You can put artificial rocks anywhere. They can even go in small doorways where natural rocks cannot pass through, rooftops where you can crane up the lightweight artificial rocks, in malls, amusement parks, theme parks, hotels, and anywhere else you can imagine would be suitable. They can be made to be hollow and used as covers for electrical or manholes.

Concrete rocks are recommended for walkways whereas fiberglass rocks are recommended for decorative elements such as to build the caves, overhangs, and rock walls. The versatility of fiberglass allows contractors to add in custom elements such as LED lighting and other features even after construction has finished. One can simply cut into the fiberglass, add the elements, and then re finish the area.

Patterns

Artificial rock contractors can imitate natural rock patterns to add onto existing natural rock features. With a fiberglass molded rock, you essentially have a rock face that is identical to that of real rock. Shotcrete does not have this advantage and the rock texture is really up to the individual artist to carve out realistic patterns which is not always easy to do.

This is apparent on larger rockwork where one portion may look completely different from another and inconsistent as different workers have different levels of talent.

Sometimes, it is recommended to have a concrete contractor working with other contractors (polyurethane foam or fiberglass) where one focuses on the paving and the other focuses on creating the rock caves and walls.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both concrete and fiberglass but they balance eachother out when combined.

Special resins and paints are available to reduce the shine from fiberglass rocks.

There are definitely great instances of shotcrete used for decorative purposes. Many of the world’s most famous amusement park water features (Big Thunder Mountain @ Disney Land) were designed using shotcrete.

Cost

Real rocks would be financially unrealistic or impossible as a solution for most largescale projects. The biggest advantage of artificial rocks is their lower cost in comparison to real rocks.

For the same price you can expect a rock that is over 50% larger if you choose to go with artificial rock at a lower price. This is because there is less need for heavy machinery, labourers, and manpower.

Fiberglass is one of the most cost effective solutions that we currently offer and specialize in because of the competitive pricing and due to the fact that there are very few competitors. Nearly 90% of all of WaterfallNow’s work is made using a special fiberglass reinforced rock.

Cave rock or custom pool rock waterfalls always range in pricing and there is no real set standard pricing. It is up to the contractors experience, labour costs, material costs, time, overhead, and more to determine what they need to charge in order to make a profit.

Fortunately WaterfallNow has this all figured out and operates with small but highly skilled crews that works year-round. Our simple yet effective process allows us to cost 50% less than the next leading competitor for artificial rock projects.

Turn a boring landscape into something extraordinary with the addition of a custom artificial rock water feature. There are no limits to the possibilities and custom options. Except maybe your budget – Let’s be real here. Call WaterfallNow for your free estimate today.

 

Some photos to show you why most companies do not touch fiberglass. It is a VERY messy process to create the rock panels.

WaterfallNow’s designers have manufactured over 90% of the fiberglass rock panels used, locally, in Surrey, BC for many years. We can attest to the difficulty of the process and how damaging it can be on ones health. For this reason we do not employ entry level workers and prefer to do all of our manufacturing ourselves which is also a factor in our competitive pricing.

 

We purchase resin and fiberglass materials from China and manufacture our rock panels locally according to specific needs of our local clients. On any given day we can produce dozens of artificial rock panels. Each panel weighs less than 80lbs.

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WaterfallNow – Fiberglass Artificial Rock Panels

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At WaterfallNow, we hand-craft each rock panel according to the clients needs. Once created, we ship the panels to the job-site where the rocks will be installed.

WaterfallNow has 50+ different types of rock panel styles to choose from. We will also custom hand-craft new designs.

Our rock panels are durable and light. Each fiberglass panel is light enough for 1 person to carry on their own.

These are ideal for largescale projects, easy to ship, and great for indoor applications where other methods are not ideal.

These can be connected to a wire frame or through some other internal bracing mechanisms to form the inner shape of the rocks.

As you can imagine, there is no real limit to the sizes that we can produce once everything is assembled and put together.

The rock panels thickness can be adjusted based on the clients needs. We often recommend a thicker application for commercial uses.

Our rocks can be painted to any color. Don’t like brown? We can paint it grey over top. Want pink rocks? We can do that too. Specific colors can be added according to the clients desires.

Our fiberglass rocks can be incorporated onto natural rock cliffsides as well as onto concrete.

With the help of landscaping, plants, trees, shrubs, and other garden ornaments, these rocks can blend in with nature looking like actual rock.

We add LED lighting and plumbing to create custom artificial rock water feature fountains that look and sound great.

We want more people to enjoy spending time in their yards relaxing by a unique waterfall built just for them.

Imagine… You could be spending your evenings relaxing by your own unique waterfall within a few days from today.

The sooner you call us, the sooner we can make it happen.

Any Size – Any Design – Any Color – Any Place

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Fiberglass Vs Concrete Pools

Fiberglass Vs Concrete Pools

If you are looking for a smaller pool for residential purposes then a fiberglass pool is preferred. Fiberglass pools are limited in size because they are made from a mold. Concrete pools on the other hand can be much larger. The downsides with concrete however are the maintenance requirements. They are more porous which means more algae and chemical treatments. Fiberglass pools are generally slicker on the sides and debris will simply fall to the bottom where it can be vacuumed up. One might require daily chemical treatments for a concrete pool as opposed to one every few weeks with a fiberglass pool.

The increasing popularity of salt water pools favors fiberglass pools because they will not corrode. Saltwater and other chemicals can corrode concrete pools.

Cost is also an important decision making factor. Fiberglass pools will cost less in the long run. Concrete itself costs less however the cost to maintain a concrete pool can be in the tens of thousands every decade (depending on the size of the pool of course). Leaks in concrete pools caused by poor construction can be extremely costly to repair which is why it is always a smart choice to spend a little extra and buy from a reputable pool builder from the start.

People want low maintenance, longevity, and aesthetics. The fiberglass pool will provide all of those things better than concrete and vinyl pools.

Do you plan to use your pool beyond 10 years? Fiberglass is a good option. Get quotes from several different companies to see which one is the right fit for you to make a more informed decision.

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How To Make Imitation Rock

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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?

Click here to view how most do-it-yourselfers are doing it

This is what people think of when they hear the words faux rock or imitation rock. Not very appealing.

Styrofoam is nice indoors but doesn’t last outdoors.

Chips, leaks, and cracks are a pain to deal with

Video on how imitation rock panels are used to make a small fountain. Made using a lighter panel for this application.

Get a gist of how to make realistic imitation rock panels here using GFRC/fiberglass. These artificial/faux rocks look better than the real thing in some cases. In many cases they can even cost less than the real thing.

How to make imitation rock

How to make imitation rock with WaterfallNow. GFRC/fiberglass

How To Make Artificial Rock Panels

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There are many ways to make artificial rock panels. Depending on the project, you can employ either a lightweight rock panel or a much heavier and thicker GFRC panel for large commercial applications.

Are you a landscaper or custom pool builder looking to add a unique value proposition to your business?

Email info@waterfallnow.com to learn how you can get hands-on training and order panels from us in bulk.

Requirements: Your business must have revenues beyond $1 million USD per annum.

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Pondless Waterfalls: Artificial Rock Features

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Pondless waterfalls

These are a fascinating addition to most yards that address the problems with pond waterfalls. Not everyone has the natural landscape and slopes to work with in creating a regular waterfall. Pondless waterfalls on the other hand can be built anywhere. Moreover, the lack of a pond means less maintenance. Less to clean, no requirements to leave it running all the time, safe for children, and more uptime. Premade pond kits are available at most stores. Alternatively you can do a local search for waterfalls, water features or landscaping companies.

When constructing a pondless waterfall the two major things to consider are the size of the water reservoir and the dimensions of the cascading waterfall. Once those two things are determined the rest is history. A method WaterfallNow recommends for getting ideas is to do a search online. WaterfallNow is in the process of creating ready to order waterfalls for the garden. Those that have a project requiring on-site custom work can request much larger features.

How Do Pondless Waterfalls Work?

Pondless waterfalls require water but not the traditional pond. By now most people know how the evaporation process works in nature. A pondless waterfall works in a similar way. One way to picture the process is to imagine a giant hose that sucks water up from the earth up to the rain clouds which  sends rain back to the earth and gets sucked up again – repeat. The same water that comes down the waterfall and into the water reservoir gets sent back up to the top of the waterfall through a hose which then sends the water back down.

Pondless Waterfall

WaterfallNow’s rocks are hollow making them portable. First the hole is dug, second the pond liners (EPDM) are added, and third the rock and plumbing are installed. Additional steps depend on the level of customization depending on the lighting or plants used.  Most of the work is in the preparation of our rocks.

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The Benefits Of WaterfallNow’s Pondless Waterfalls Include:

  • Attractive year after year: Only light cleaning to the water reservoir is needed once every few months.
  • Less that can go wrong: If there is a problem with one of the parts repairs or replacements are within reach.
  • Not a permanent feature: Can relocate, take down, move, sell, use as a cover, or be upgraded to something larger.
  • The beauty of a large water feature in even a small space: Scalable both vertically and horizontally.
  • Not prone to freeze-thaw action or hidden leaks within the rock.
  • No forming prep-work.
  • Safe for small children: No fear of drowning in a pond.
  • Less green bacterial mess: Higher upfront cost than other applications without the ongoing maintenance fees.
  • Only need to turn on when in use: Cost on average $3-6 per month when used a few hours per day.

Many landscape designers use natural rocks to create cascading streams. This is the method that most people are familiar with and one that WaterfallNow no longer employs. In this situation it is most common for the landscape artist to work with the land as opposed to against the land. In some cases they re-create the land itself by adding large boulders or more dirt. This is done to achieve the desired height (dimensions) for the water feature. The benefit of pondless waterfalls for those that simply want a nice sized realistic miniature waterfall in their yard is that the land does not dictate what you can or cannot have.

Making The Pond

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WaterfallNow creates the water reservoir for indoor applications as well as for outdoor applications. All that is required is very light digging. WaterfallNow’s pondless waterfalls usually go only 3 feet deep for the larger projects and less for smaller ones.

Creating the pond sounds easy and often gets overlooked. Doing it right plays a role in ensuring that the water level will not decrease on a daily basis. This means you don’t have to constantly fill the pondless waterfall with more water on a daily basis. As long as the water that goes up falls back onto the pond liner and into the water reservoir you won’t risk damaging the water pump. Water pumps last many years when properly maintained. A water pump that is not fully submerged in the water will not operate as long as it could due to the damage caused on the motor.

Dig the hole, remove sharp objects and rocks, lay down a few layers of pre-liner (carpet/tarp) and the pond liner (EPDM) on top. These are the essentials.

Pondless Waterfall Pond Liner

Making The Artificial Rock Features

WaterfallNow employs a fibreglass/natural stone combination to create rock faces that look like the ones found in nature. These pieces are assembled either on location for custom work or premade (ready to ship). There is relatively low demand for artificial rock made using fibreglass as the majority of the population is unaware that such a thing exists. Most people are however familiar with styrofoam which isn’t as durable or concrete which is prone to cracking.

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Artificial Rock Waterfalls: A Booming Trend

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Creating custom artificial rock waterfalls is the bread and butter of what we do at WaterfallNow. Sometime around 2005 we began experimenting with different ways to create water features for our landscaping clients. We found that most of our clients wanted to have a water feature in their yard but didn’t like the idea of having raccoons coming around. The cost of having to pay a landscaper for maintenance to keep it running was also a barrier.

So we found ourselves experimenting with different ways of creating water features. After more than 30 years of combined landscaping experience we decided to do the unthinkable and go full-time into the water features industry. We created koi ponds, made waterfalls, and many other things. While we loved what we did we had even more enjoyment creating the water features. We no longer make ponds because of the maintenance and focus entirely on hand-building artificial rock panels and assembling them to create artificial rock waterfalls.

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WaterfallNow has worked on many landscaping projects over the years so we are pretty familiar with the game. We have however entered into a new arena where we still consider ourselves to be learning. Taking into account the experience creating waterfalls while still landscaping to present day where we specialize primarily on creating artificial rock waterfalls.

We hope to one day build the largest indoor artificial rock waterfall in BC using our hand-made artificial rock panels. We believe that our lightweight rock panels would make it possible where other materials are simply too heavy. Our special blend of unique ingredients makes the inner membrane strong like steel.

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WaterfallNow has gained some experience building artificial rock waterfalls for residential waterfall projects having build over 100 water features using our unique method. We always have a huge demand for backyard waterfalls and we enjoyed making them for a time but we also got burnt out (hence the long extended vacation).

We want more exposure for what we do because we want more people to start seeing different possibilities for what they can do with their home & garden renovations. Advertising on TV, golf magazines, newspapers, and so forth was nice and we got a lot of requests but they were mostly residential. We really want to get into commercial projects so if anyone has some suggestions we would appreciate any tips you may have.

Chances are high that we will be at the BC Home + Garden Show, BUILDEX, and whatever other events come to mind with the hopes that we will meet an architect who also wants to create the largest indoor artificial rock waterfall in BC. I won’t say world because we’ve seen the artificial rock waterfalls in China, Korea, and India and they are absolutely massive!

WaterfallNow is actually a new company that was formed just this year. After our long break we decided to come back and really take this to the next level. The hope is to contribute in some way to some of the most spectacular designs across BC and get the media’s attention. We are not even 2 months old so we want to make sure that we are fully prepared before that moment. In the meantime we continue to offer outrageously low prices on all of our custom artificial rock waterfalls. When you compare the prices of our waterfalls to some of the tiny water features online that sometimes cost more than our waterfalls (insane) it becomes obvious that we need more exposure.

Back when we were landscaping our clients would always say they “wished they could afford one.” With that in mind we actually went out, figured out a way to make them more affordable while at the same time profitable as a business model, put our heads down, and went to work. The results were outstanding in our first year. So outstanding that we took a long vacation . Not the smartest idea but what did we know?

There is no company at least in BC that builds artificial rock waterfalls both indoors and outdoors at the prices we offer ours at. Our price point makes getting a luxury product possible for many home owners.

 

How would you feel if you had an artificial rock waterfall sitting at the entrance to your home? We want to give all of our clients the same opportunity. We don’t like to hear people say they “wish” they could afford a waterfall. WaterfallNow makes the dream of owning your own custom artificial rock waterfall a reality.

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