While it’s true that waterfalls are some of the most common and popular water features on the market for backyard pools, they’re not right for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a different style or you’re not sure you can afford a waterfall, there are a number of other great features you may want to consider. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the other great pool water elements you have to choose from (see our earlier articles in the series with Parts 1, 2 & 3).
Cascades Provide Ideal Relaxation Sounds
If you love the look of waterfalls and you enjoy the sound of water tumbling over rocks, a cascade may be your ideal water feature choice. They’re somewhat like waterfalls but the difference is that instead of the falling straight down, the water trickles over rock slabs or individual rocks on its way down to the pool’s surface. This versatile feature works well with many different landscaping design styles.
Achieve a Sleek, Sophisticated Look with Laminars
This water feature is really starting to gain some traction in the world of pool design. A laminar is a strong, steady, and yet slender stream of water that shoots into your pool from somewhere along your deck’s surface. You can enhance your laminars with colored LED lights for your very own nighttime water light show!
Sheer or Rain Descents
If you’d like to create a dramatic effect using a wall of simultaneously falling water, a sheer or rain descent would be a perfect choice. For the sheer descent feature, the water comes down in one smooth sheet. For the rain descent, it comes down like a heavy rain shower. These work well at the mouth of a grotto or as an extra touch for your lazy river.
Let Your Cup Run Over With Bubblers
A bubbler is like a little fountain that normally sits right at the pool’s edge. They bubble up with water and come in a variety of different bowl and cup shapes. You can choose all low streaming, high streaming, or medium streaming bubblers, or you could incorporate all three heights for added variety. They’re another great feature to consider illuminating with color-changing LED lights.
Beat the Heat with a Misting System
Mist makers are a big hit at theme parks located in hot climates. It’s no wonder, since they’ve been known to significantly lower the heat level which people experience while they’re waiting in line for their favorite rides. You can bring the same cool, refreshing effect into your own backyard by installing your very own misting system. It can be suspended somewhere on your patio to let the mist out above or nearby the pool. Misters are ideal for those sweltering hot summer days.
Watch the Water Trickle with a Scupper
A scupper is a water feature that consists of a spout that is connected to a pedestal or wall beside the pool. The water flows out of the scupper in either a sheet, a chute, or a trough and lands in the pool. A pool with a large wall beside it would look fabulous with the addition of a few tastefully designed scuppers.
These are just a few of the many water features that are out there today. In our final article, we’ll close with some helpful tips for choosing the water feature that’s right for your pool.
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