How Fake Rock Covers Help You Hide Your Utilities

Boulders, larger or smaller, made of faux rocks have their own specific purpose in the garden: to conceal pipes, covers, or utility pipes that would otherwise remain in plain sight.

Giant faux rock

Choosing an artificial rock, usually made of fiberglass, does not entail a great savings compared to a natural boulder, but from a practical point of view there is no comparison.

In short, having a large boulder brought into the garden involves renting a forklift and then paying the driver, etc.

With an artificial rock, on the other hand, everything comes conveniently to your home and being very light you can put and move it wherever you like.

The advantage of a fake rock is that it is hollow and therefore can be put on top of the utilities we want to hide, could you do that with a natural rock?

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What, exactly, are artificial fiberglass rocks?

In part, their nature is already stated by the material: they are fiberglass stones and not reconstructed stone or even thin concrete.

hollow faux rock

Yes, because the possibilities of hiding a utility in the garden is not exclusive to fiberglass boulders but also to other DIY solutions that have, too, their pros and cons.

Notwithstanding the fact that, nowadays, there are firms that can create scenic walls, fountains and pools of artificial stone, in this article we talk, mainly, about those small boulders that can be used to conceal the lid of an underground cistern or a dry well or vent pipes that come out of the ground.

fiberglass faux boulder

The difference between a work worthy of a Hollywood set design and a smaller, isolated stone for the garden lies essentially in size.

Artificial hollow rocks are decorative and functional elements that, however, are not and cannot be considered substitutes for an environment such as a rock garden.

Artificial rocks serve to simulate a natural environment but cannot recreate it in its entirety, as long as they do not resort to major and expensive works that must necessarily be created ad hoc and perhaps under the supervision of an architect who takes care of the design, to be sure that the final result looks really natural and not tacky and out of context.

In order to make a fiberglass rock as similar as possible to a natural rock, it has to undergo a coloring process with special marble and quartz sands that makes it look really very realistic but also subject to natural discoloration under the effect of UV rays and weathering.

For this reason, artificial fiberglass stones should undergo, periodically, a treatment with silicone protectant and an anti-algae treatment if they are used for ponds or waterfalls.

Where do Fake Rock Covers find their ideal placement?

As also written above, these types of boulders look best when placed in isolation or in groups of two or three and can be an important element of garden design.

landscape artificial rock

If you want to create a rock garden, you might consider buying a large fiberglass boulder around which to place smaller, natural stones that are easy to transport.

It goes without saying that natural stones and artificial rocks should be consistent with each other, that is, they should appear to be more or less of the same material; a sandstone-type stone placed next to a tuff-like stone is not very suitable.

Artificial rocks are great when placed near the natural pool or artificial pool, and some of them are specially designed to hide the technical rooms of the pool.

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