Faux rocks..Anyone installing them?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by IHI, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. IHI

    IHI LawnSite Member
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    Is anyone installing faux rocks? If so, what's the pros/cons of them?
     
  2. dchauling

    dchauling LawnSite Member
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    Con they don't look as natural as the real thing. Pro 2 Men can handle them opposed to a bobcat. Con they may crack or chip off exposing the mesh underneath. Con Expensive Pro You can find many different colours and shapes. JM2Cents
     
  3. dchauling

    dchauling LawnSite Member
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    Pro you can hide bodies underthem. Con if it is in a area with traffic kiss it good bye if it is hit.
     
  4. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    Using them for what? Walls? Water Features? general decor in a landscape?

    We use them quite a lot for rock bubbler fountains. There are several companies in our area who manufacture hollow-core rock bubblers made of colored, molded concrete on the outside, and foam on the inside. They look and feel just like regular REAL rock bubbler fountains, but weigh 1/3 what a normal rock bubbler would weigh, making it easy to install with 2 guys instead of a big bobcat.

    We've also used some similar products in water features as well when it wasn't possible to get an authentic rock into a certain place. For instance, a few of the rocks in this picture are not real, but most people would never be able to tell which ones;

    http://www.lewislandscape.com/photos/gallery/Water-Features/aaa
     
  5. IHI

    IHI LawnSite Member
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    General decor.
    I have a friend that is now manufacturing them and boy they look good, especially when they don't require a skid or ? to move them around.
     
  6. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
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    We have used them in the past for hiding unsightly utility boxes. A tad on the pricy side unless theres a specific reason for them IMO. :)
     
  7. MILSINC

    MILSINC LawnSite Member
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    I use them to hide septic cleanouts in the landscape.. a company in my area manufactures some really nice virtual boulders, and they blend perfectly when you install fieldstone walls/ flagstone near the area.
     

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