When you’re looking to inject a fresh, innovative design element into your home, office or garden, a wall fountain will always do the trick. The sheer variety of sizes, styles, materials and finishes available means that a perfect fountain can be found for any wall. However, we’d recommend considering the following things before rushing into any purchase.
Where Is the Fountain Being Used?
Wall fountains can be placed almost anywhere. You’ll find examples here on 1000 Fountains which highlight the options available to you in different scenarios. We’ve separated out our wall fountains by indoor use and outdoor use to make it as easy as possible to get started.
Typically speaking, our indoor water wall fountains focus on a modern design approach - plenty of stainless steel and copper finished in glossy shines or hand detailed with artful decorations. They reflect the general demand in the market for impressive, awe-inspiring fountains which are often used in hotel lobbies, restaurant dining areas or office receptions.
Our outdoor wall fountains are much more likely to be constructed from stone or man-made composites to ensure they complement the natural surroundings of the garden. Whether used in a courtyard or against a garden wall, the range of outdoor wall fountains found here is often tailored to more traditional tastes.
However, that’s not to say you can’t mix and match the two if you’re feeling adventurous. You’ll still find indoor fountains carved from stone in traditional designs, just as you’ll find modern metal marvels which can be used outside.
Just be sure to consider the relative strength of the wall to which you’re installing before making any purchase. All fountain weights are clearly listed in the individual product descriptions. The last thing you want to do is fork out for a Classic Quarry Fountain only to find your stud wall can’t support the 240 lb weight.
Another thing you’ll want to consider, which is particularly relevant to the place in which you’re installing the fountain, is the material of which it’s constructed. The type of material will affect the suitability of the fountain for either indoor or outdoor use. Again, we’ll clearly list the material of all fountains within the product description. You’ll want to ensure you’re not trying to use a fountain designed for indoor-only use, outside. Whilst most materials can be treated for use both indoors and outdoors, it’s much easier to avoid taking the risk of your shiny new fountain rusting in the weeks following your order because you didn’t realise it was supposed to be used indoors instead.
Which Material Should I Look For?
You’ll find wall fountains produced in most materials so you’ve got a broad choice when it comes to which to opt for. Keeping in mind the details mentioned above about the suitability of certain fountains for indoor and outdoor use, you’d also do well to consider the following.
Natural materials like stone and rock look fantastic whether used on walls indoors or outdoors. However, they’re also the heaviest materials we offer and the most susceptible to wear over time. Many would argue that this gradual wearing of the stone actually improves the appearance of the fountain. But if you’re looking for something which is going to maintain its finish for years to come, it’s definitely worth considering that fact.
An alternative to stone which has become very popular in recent years is polyresin fountains. Polyresin is a compound which is often mixed with other natural materials and, in the process, takes on some of their qualities. Therefore, it’s possible to produce fountains which look and feel like real stone but are actually much lighter and much more durable due to their synthetic qualities. This manufacturing process has produced some outstanding results allowing for the wider market to own a wall fountain of considerable quality at a fraction of the cost they would normally have to pay.
Stainless steel is sturdy and beautifully finished, offering a spectacular reflection in the sunlight when used outdoors and a mirror for the room when used indoors. It’s durable enough to withstand most weather conditions but is more liable to incur the odd scratch when exposed to the elements. Skilfully crafted into streamlined shapes, steel often carries a higher price tag than many materials.
How Long Will A Wall Fountain Last?
The subject of how long you can reasonably expect a fountain to last will be dependent on a number of factors. The material of the fountain will come into play as will the care you take to maintain it. Whilst outdoor fountains are designed for use in the garden, it should come as no great surprise that they will last longer if you use a fountain cover during the coldest months. Additionally, a good quality fountain cleaner will help prevent build-up of dirt and bacteria, while a fortnightly top-up of the water level in the basin will help maintain the pump.
It’s often fair to say that you get what you pay for and that tends to be the case with fountains. You may well be able to pick up a bargain deal on a spectacular fountain, but if it seems too good to be true, it generally is. Wall fountains are often substantial items constructed using high quality materials and hours of craft. All of those elements add up and so when you see a wall fountain for $30, it’s probably worth asking yourself how somebody could make something so cheap and do so with any great level of quality or care.