Anyone Installing WetDek?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by JimLewis, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,876

    I was curious if anyone here had experience installing these 'Backyard Splash Pads' by WetDek

    I have a local rep. who keeps telling me we should get into this. I have one customer who had one installed. Cool as heck.

    But since we don't do concrete in-house, I was just thinking it could probably be done with other hardscape surfaces like pavers, maybe. I don't know.

    Anyone experienced with these??


  2. LPS Pools

    LPS Pools LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    I have never installed this particular set, but have seen its contents. This is a nice "out of the box" kit, but nothing you couldn't put together just as easily with out the kit. The price is also kinda high at least in my area for the parts it contains. Concrete decks with a good slip resistant coating work well. The best thing to use if possible is a rubberized deck. This makes for a more "fall" friendly area. Simple or complex controllers can be purchased from multiple fountain manufactures. Roman Fountains is one. Connect your drains to a vented surge tank and plumb together. Pretty simple set up, low maintenance and lower costs than a pool make them a good selling point.
  3. B & B Yardscape

    B & B Yardscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    Who is the customer base for this? Are kids suppose to run though it? $20 sprinkler would handle that. Is it suppose to be a replacement for a fountian or pond?

    I think it is a cool idea. I think I would probably go with the kit the first time and if I installed another one, I would piece it together.

    If it was more for kids, I would look into that rubberized product that comes as a liquid and turns solid like I have seen on some play grounds.

    I guess I would recommend it as an addition to either a pool or another water feature. As a stand alone unit, I'm not sure I could sell it.
  4. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,876

    Yah, I mean I don't see many parents or adults out playing in this thing. I think it's obviously geared toward kids.

    I have a client who has this installed in their back yard next to their swimming pool, water slide, etc. It's just another fun thing to do when it's sunny outside. Gives their pool area something unique.

    My local rep. for this product says they're good as a stand alone product as well. But I am with you, I don't know how many people I could sell this too. Not too many of my customers are so rich they'll spend 2 to 4 grand on a glorified sprinkler.
  5. Venturewest

    Venturewest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    There was a good article about the Wetdek in either Landscape Contractor or Watershapes magazine last month. The property they were talking specifically about was in OR. I wonder if it could have been your client. I can see a demand for these in high end areas for sure. Lighted laminars would be really neat.
  6. LPS Pools

    LPS Pools LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    I think laminars would be really fun on a project like this also. There one of my favorite accessories to install. Fiberstar also makes a much smaller l.e.d version that is pretty sweet.

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