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Benefits Of Using Artificial Rock For Water Features

Rocks and water features have traditionally been used as landscaping elements not just to create natural focal points but also to enhance and modify garden space. However, with increase in demand, natural rocks and stone become harder to come by. Some of the best choices for landscaping may not be available in certain areas or cost a fortune to ship and deliver. A better option would be artificial rock, man made rock that mimics the features and characteristics of real rocks. Here is a look at the benefits that artificial rock can offer and why it may be the better option for your landscaping needs.

Physical Characteristics

Although natural rocks may sometimes be used to build waterfalls and ponds, certain textures and colours simply do not exist in nature, or if they do, they may be difficult to find. The advantage of using man made rock is that they come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes - from smooth sand-coloured rock features to large, uneven, mottled boulders to fit any landscaping design concept for outdoor and indoor gardens, backyard sculptures and patios.

Lighter Weight

Artificial rock is made from hand-sculpted concrete built around a steel framework allowing a much lighter final product. As such, their final weight can be adjusted to make them easier to handle. Man made rock is the perfect choice for vertical projects such as rock retaining walls and taller waterfalls and fountains because it can be built fairly easily to very precise specifications. There is also less worry over how much pressure it causes on the base or foundation. Lightweight rock also makes man-made rocks perfect for covering plumbing, cables and hoses.

Resistance to Erosion

One of the most common issues about using natural rock for building fountains, ponds and waterfalls is that water can and will erode the surface over time. Artificial rock is much more durable and can maintain its structure, shape and texture for years to come.

Lower Cost

Since artificial rock is made from readily available materials and is built on site without the need for cranes and other machines to transport large rocks, it can often be sold at a fraction of the cost of natural rock.