Faux Rock Adds Real Style to Natural Pool Designs
by Patti Plummer
When a homeowner decides to create an outdoor space that blends seamlessly with the surrounding natural world, rarely do they think of artificial rock. “Using a faux product to replace indigenous rock is actually a smart choice because it is lighter and easier to work with and less expensive to ship,” says Bruce Riley, owner, RicoRock, Inc.
Some pool designers also prefer this product because they can always obtain the size, shape, and color they want for a particular setting. Cast from natural rock formations, faux boulders give the appearance of real rock. Usually made of composite materials like GFRC (glass fiber reinforced concrete), artificial rock is durable and can be colored to match the grain and texture of various stone types.
Faux rock is ideal for a number of backyard and swimming pool projects, including garden accents, waterfalls, sheet falls, and cascades. Additionally, some designers use it to create otherworldly caves and grottos of varying sizes and shapes. Because of its adaptable nature, artificial rock can conform to whatever design is desired, from peaceful hideaways under a waterfall to seemingly endless caverns that include recreation rooms, kitchens, and swim-up bars.