Almost everyone has entered a business, public, or commercial space containing a wall fountain. There are many hospitals, corporate offices, and restaurants that rely upon the soothing and relaxing sounds of falling water to make customers and employees happy. Quite often such fountains are made from metal, stone, or glass, but a modern alternative to these heavier and somewhat higher maintenance materials are the acrylic water fountains.
The reasons that acrylic might make a superior choice are many, but the strongest are its easy maintenance, lighter weight, and wide flexibility in finish and appearance. Consider that an acrylic fountain might be customized with some sort of artwork or mural over which the water gently passes. They might also be used as a mirror-like surface upon which lights are directed to give a very high-tech or modern look as well.
Additionally, many acrylic fountains feature a combination of materials to create a very appealing final result. For instance, it is not unusual to find copper fountains which have a very sculptural appearance, but which utilize painted acrylic as the backdrop over which the supply of water passes.
So, we understand that acrylic is an adequate substitute for such things as metal, glass and even stone, but we still have to consider how to maintain it properly in order to ensure its durability and good looks. This is much easier than many other materials, but still requires that all of the water is removed from the fountain in advance. This is actually a smart step in any regular fountain maintenance program because it allows the owner to replace water and ensure that the fixture is in top shape.
To clean an acrylic water fountain requires a suitable plastic cleanser, and this must not be a substance with any sort of abrasiveness or harsh chemical ingredients that can damage the surface of the material. Interestingly enough, it is the acrylic fountain alone which can recover from things like surface scratches occurring in the cleansing process. The owner simply purchases a special polish or restorative treatment and applies it while the fountain is empty and dry. An acrylic water fountain is also one far less likely to reveal such things as fingerprints or water spots as well, and this is often a reason that it is a material installed in many public locations.
Lastly, almost anyone who has held a pane of window glass and a pane of acrylic or plastic of the same size will know all about the differences in weight. Glass is much heavier, meaning more difficult to install, and acrylic is also far less likely to snap, crack or fracture during the installation process too.