Pond Waterfall Styles
A pond and waterfall can make an enjoyable element to any front yard, back yard, and even entryway or landscape. The sights and sound of flowing water can be soothing. It's great for relaxing and adding a beautiful focal point to your outdoor room or garden.
We at Creative Water Features have spent years creating unique styles of ponds and waterfalls for countless homeowners to enjoy. This post is a guide to helping you understand the different styles of waterfalls, and aid you in picking out the waterfall style that is right for your home.
Sheer Descent Waterfall
Sheer Descent: when the water flow comes off the top of a spillway with a clean sheer into the pool or pond.
Sheer descent waterfalls are your traditional waterfalls. The image of a waterfall with a sheer descent spillway is usually what comes to mind to most people when thy think of waterfalls. They give a great, tropical appearance and are perfect for sound.
The higher the sheer descent is, the more sound it will make. If you want to block out some unwanted noise, than going with a high sheer descent may be your best bet. As the sheet of falling water hits the pond water below, it creates an impacting roar that is great for blocking out unwanted noise.
A sheer descent spillway doesn’t necessarily have to be a clean sheet of water. Spillways can be made from rocks with a rugged texture to create a spillway that splatters unevenly, resembling a more natural cascading effect.
Below are some examples of sheer descents on small, medium, and large sheer descent ponds.
Small Sheer Descent
Medium Sheer Descent
Large Sheer Descent
Multi-tier waterfall: A multi-tier waterfall is when the stream of water comes down a slope of rocks, rather than spilling into the pond through one descent. The slope of the waterfall varies. The stream splashes over the surface of multiple rocks creating a splattering effect as it goes into pond.
Here are some examples of small, medium, and large staircase ponds. to edit.
Small Multi-tier Waterfall
Medium Multi-tier Waterfall
Large Multi-tier Waterfall
A stream waterfall, is a multi-tier waterfall, which starts with a spillway at the top, connects to a stream, which spills into the pond. streams vary by size.
Streams are especially great for yards that slope, as the pond can be built into the slope of the yard.
Here are some examples of medium, and large stream pond waterfalls.
Medium Stream Waterfall
Large Stream Waterfall
Here is a great example of a stream waterfall built right into the natural slope of the front yard.
The distance of a stream, combined with a multitude of spillways, creates a great opportunity for underwater lighting built into the waterfall.