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What Materials Are Used To Make A Fountain?

July 06, 2015 4 min read

What materials are used to make a Fountain?

Are you thinking of buying a fountain for your home or business space? If yes, have you researched about the fountains and materials used for making the fountains? Fountains are made of a variety of materials, and it is very important to know these materials and their properties as the material of a fountain not only impacts on the look and appearance of the fountains but also has impacts on many other factors like sound, placement, durability and weight. So we are here to give you a detailed explanation about the materials being used so that you can finally choose one which will best suit your requirements. Keep scrolling to know more!

  1. Cast Stone

Cast stone fountains have similar look and texture of stone fountains but they are comparatively lighter in weight. Cast stone is made by mixing concrete, sand and limestone and molded into desired shape and design. It has been in use for a very long time. Cast stones are popular as they are light in weight and durable. You get various color and hues options in cast stone. If you want to give a classical timeless look to your space, cast stone fountains can be a nice choice. This material is also apt for outdoor fountains.


Giannini Garden Catalina Concrete Outdoor Pond Fountain - with Rustic Iron Spouts


  1. Natural Stones - Marble, Basalt, Granite

Marble, Basalt and Granite are just some of the natural stones found under the ground. This is a popular option for making fountains, but it can be slightly more expensive than some of the other options available. This material is pretty durable and strong. You can get a huge range of natural and beautiful colors in granite. Minimalist, modern, geometrical and edgy look of the fountains can be achieved using granite.


Pink Marble Triple stone columns all 4 sides smooth DIY Fountain Kit

Basalt Column - Polished Bowl Tops - Complete Fountain Kit


Basalt Column - Polished Bowl Tops - Complete Fountain Kit

 Speckled Granite Triple stone columns 3 sides smooth DIY Fountain Kit

Speckled Granite Triple stone columns 3 sides smooth DIY Fountain Kit



  1. GFRC- Glass fiber reinforced concrete

GFRC material means Glass fiber reinforced concrete. It is made of limestone and sandstone and crafted into desired shape and design using molds. Compared to other materials, this is very light, strong, thin and durable. It is also cost effective and doesn’t negatively impact the environment. As far as appearance and looks is concerned, a fiberglass fountain can be finished to look like worn lead, antique copper, weathered iron, glazed ceramic and also aged stone. It’s a very easy material to work with giving it any finish and texture.


Double Oblique Fountain With Ball Fountain - Outdoor Fountain


  1. Ceramic

Ceramic is a material made from clay or terra cotta. This material is popularly used in pottery and cutlery. Ceramic fountains are also quite common and they are used both indoors and outdoors. Ceramic fountains are generally smaller than cast stone or GFRC fountains, which makes them very suitable for patios, decks and small gardens. You will be able to find ceramic fountains in many different styles but the material is popularly used to make cascading fountains. Ceramic is often used to make spouting fairy fountains or other shapes. Ceramic is a lovely material, if you want to get really creative and give an awe-striking look to your space.


Ceramic Vase Fountain - Set of 3s



  1. Metal

Metal fountains have a unique, vintage look. Generally, these fountains are ornate and crafted in the shape of people or animals. Bronze, copper, steel and aluminium are some of the popular metals used to make fountains. In the long run, bronze and copper fountains will develop a green patina finish, while stainless steel fountains will preserve their lustrous metallic finish. If you are looking for a modern look for the fountain, you can go for stainless steel fountains. They are quite durable too. Copper is a very popular choice when it comes to fountains. It tends to be elegant, and gives a rustic look to the space. Metal fountains can be quite heavy, ranging from 100 to more than 200 pounds. Go for metal fountains, if you want a loud fountain, a metal fountain is a great choice.


Copper Sculpture Fountain Japanese Maple Tree



Plastic / light weight resin

Plastic or light weight resin fountains are pretty common in the indoor spaces. They are lightweight and can be a good option as wall mount fountains. These materials may seem to be very fragile and delicate as other materials used for making a fountain are sturdier. But you can easily maintain and preserve these fountains for a long time if you are careful enough.

You will find the handcrafted resin or plastic fountains in various shapes and styles to enhance the ambience of the space. 



Now that you know the materials used for making fountains, make sure you choose the fountain for your space accurately. Every material has a different feel and different properties, go for something that matches your requirement and suits best for your space. Also remember to consider the durability, maintenance, weight and cost of the material before deciding upon buying a fountain.

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