Anyone who owns a pool will be the first to tell you what a joy they are during the summer months.  On the same note, they're also a lot of work.  Over time the excitement you once had for your in-ground pool can fade, and this commonly leads to pools that end up looking boring and outdated.  So how do you go about recapturing the enthusiasm you once had for backyard pool parties and all the fun that goes with them?

As many of our customers know, adding water features and faux rocks are among the easiest and most affordable ways to improve the look and feel of your backyard pool.  In this article we'll review some of the most popular ways to make a big splash without drowning in debt.

Pool Edge Rocks

Decorative rocks play a significant role in the eye-catching looks responsible for some of the world's most stunning in-ground pools.  Before the advent of lightweight faux rock features, however, this required pool owners to source and have heavy boulders delivered.  Today, things have become a bit simpler.  Adding artificial edge rocks is a fast, easy and economical way to drastically improve the look of your backyard pool or pond.  See our complete collection here.

Pool Edge Rocks & Waterfall

Pool Grottos

You don’t have to call the Playboy Mansion home to reap the one-of-a-kind advantages of installing a pool grotto.  Adding a grotto to your in-ground pool is arguably one of the most impressive upgrades you can make, in addition to being something that will truly make your property stand out among virtually every other home in your neighborhood.  And while they do require a bit more investment than your simple edge rocks, the perks need no explanation.  Read more about pool grotto installs here.

Grotto Pool Waterfall

Cascading Waterfalls

Pool waterfalls and cascading water features are more than visually enticing… they can be extremely relaxing and therapeutic, while adding value and distinct characteristics to even the most run-of-the-mill backyard pool.  These innovate water features use a combination of artificial rock and recirculating water pumps to conserve water, while creating a serene setting that will spark conversations and a renewed interest in time spent poolside.

Need more ideas on how to give that old, outdated pool a visual makeover?  Universal Rocks is the leading manufacturer of remarkably detailed, lightweight artificial rocks and water features for swimming pools.  Check out our full line of pool products, or contact us to learn more.