term "Carapace," is defined as follows:
kār'-uh-pās', Noun. Zoology:
"A hard bony thick shell or shield, such as the fused
dorsal plates of a turtle, or the portion of the exoskeleton covering the
head and thorax of a crustacean such as a crab, shrimp or lobster.
In casual vernacular, the referral to any hard hollow
shell or covering."
Carapace Rock Science
is located in sunny South Florida. We primarily service Miami Dade,
Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties, although
we supply our products at the dealer level to other national and
boulders and rocks
are often referred to as artificial, fake, faux, man-made, fabricated,
manufactured or hand crafted. Although end users describe them
differently, the common thread is that they are hollow lightweight
boulders, rocks and other rock products made from pigmented fiber
concrete (FRC). They are
lightweight in the sense that they are approximately 90% lighter than a
natural rock or boulder of the same size, yet they are very strong. The
actual weight savings increases as the boulders get bigger since volume
increases exponentially with an increase in size. This makes larger
faux boulders increasingly more appealing as size increases, due to the
weight savings. As an example, even our largest boulder, the CR82
(44" x 41" x 24"), is easily lifted by two men. A
"short" version of this boulder is showcased below, in Canyon Grey, with
three other boulders (CR42, CR70 and CR75 from the left). It is
sitting on a standard pallet in the background.
Contrary to the above terms,
boulders and rocks do not look artificial, fake, faux, man-made,
fabricated or manufactured. They are
made of fiberglass, plastic, resin, stucco over lath or foam, or other
environmentally unstable material. Due to the use of pigmented FRC
with the color pigments embedded completely throughout the cross section
of the product, they are color stable even in the most extreme conditions,
and they age like natural rock products. However, they are much less
susceptible to mold and mildew growth compared to other more porous types
of natural rock. Once used in a landscape,
hardscape or waterscape application, they are nearly indistinguishable
from their natural counterparts.
rock products can be used in a variety of landscape,
hardscape and waterscape applications.
Boulders and rocks are used for landscape
accent and design, soil retention, waterfall construction, swimming pool
aesthetics (placed on and around the beam for a lagoon effect) and
well/stump concealment. They can be easily moved but stay put once placed.
They are often used to separate and accent areas of landscaping, allowing
for natural yet controlled growth of different plant varieties.
stepping stones assist in
xeriscape applications and are often a
valuable tool in reducing water usage as much smaller irrigation plots can
be created and maintained. With 18 shapes and sizes, the ability to
order all of these at any desired height, and the ability to rotate them
to showcase different sides, they can easily be used in
hardscape and waterscape applications without being redundant.
make excellent freeform walkways. With 17 different stepping stone
shapes, a beautiful walkway can be created that does not look repetitive,
engineered or mundane, as is the case with traditional stepping stones.
With just a little imagination, any size or shape of open space can be
paved. Simply fill the joints with mulch, gravel, rocks or grasses
(such as Bermuda, dwarf mondo or any other short groundcover) and a classy
walkway or patio is easily created. Stepping stones can also be used as
border edging to separate and accent plant beds with different watering
needs, or to control prolific breeders. They are also used as wall
coverings, fireplace veneers, etc.
or waterfall panels
are used by professional waterfall designers and other industry
professionals, primarily in the creation of large custom waterfalls,
grottos, retaining wall veneers and other similar applications. The
panels are molded from exposed Colorado Rockies granite faces. They vary
in size and shape, but are all approximately 3' x 4' panels showcasing
natural granite texture and reliefs. The texture is
three-dimensional, but the panels are generally flat, allowing the custom
creation of very large rock structures.
sells its products
retail and wholesale at prominent nurseries, home and garden centers and other
retail centers that focus on landscape supplies.
Please go to our
Distributors page to find a location nearest to you.
If you are an owner or agent of a business that sells landscape supplies
retail and/or wholesale, we would love to have you
join our successful team
of distributors. Carapace understands that customer service and
satisfaction is the most important aspect of any service related business,
and we will assist you in any way that we can.
Rock Science also sells directly to
who are in need of large quantities of our products. Some examples
are developers and builders, general contractors, pool contractors,
landscape architects, waterfall artisans and other professional trades.
If you are a business owner or agent in this category, just click on
Buy Direct and we
will qualify you for volume purchase.
Carapace method of rock molding and manufacturing is an
efficient one of a kind system previously unheard of in the industry.
Decades of experience in the industry has culminated into the most
advanced method of production available today. This state of the art
molding and production is a marriage of our extensive experience in the
traditional methods and the best materials and techniques that modern
technology has to offer. The Carapace method of
manufacturing has resulted in a level of quality and detail throughout the
product line that has to be experienced to be believed.
technology continues to evolve, Carapace Rock Science will continue to
operate on the cutting edge, leading the way by incorporating advances in
all aspects of this industry, whether it be mold making, production,
responsibility, employee safety, inventory control, efficiency,
packaging or delivery.
Carapace rock, boulder, stepping stone and waterfall /
rock panel molds are taken directly from natural stones, boulders and rock
faces. They are manufactured out of pigmented fiber reinforced concrete
(FRC) making them extremely durable, very strong and color stable. An
important feature of Carapace
products is that the base color pigment is embedded completely throughout
the cross section of the product. This maintains a natural
appearance in the event that a heavy object impacts the surface and
creates a chip or scrape. With Carapace products, you
will not see a flaking of layers revealing other colors or materials.
Due to the composition of FRC, Carapace products are very
durable and structurally sound. Standard maintenance equipment
such as line trimmers, lawn mower wheels, etc. will not cause damage to
our products, as the average thickness of hollow products is approximately
one inch. In addition, a
colors are available to match most needs.
Custom colors are also available upon request.
Carapace Rock Science offer the end
user a variety of rock products that are extremely realistic, durable,
fade resistant, strong and light. They will never look
artificial, fake, faux, man-made, fabricated, manufactured or hand
Once installed, they will age very similarly to natural stone products,
making them nearly indistinguishable from their natural counterparts, and
they will last for decades.
you demand a natural look and superior quality, there is only one choice: