Cast stone is a very highly refined building stone. It is a type of concrete that is made from both fine and coarse stones including limestone, granite, quartz, marble, sand, and more. Cement and coloring pigments are also added, and the mixture is put into a mold to give it a dense texture much like that of natural stone. The result is that a cast stone fountain will look much more natural than concrete and will not start to show dark spots over time as concrete fountains typically do. For those seeking a natural and attractive stone look, cast stone is certainly a very appealing choice.
When it comes to placing basin style cast stone water fountains, it is recommended to place them on a soil base or to place about an inch of dirt below the fountain before assembly on a hard surface to prevent stress cracks to the base. Ensure that the fountain is level, however. For pedestal style fountains, the recommendation is to actually use a hard and level surface rather than dirt in order to prevent splash and rain water to erode the foundation and tip the fountain.
Cast stone fountains are remarkably sturdy, but they can certainly tip. Because of this, it is recommended that pets and people not be allowed to stand or sit on the fountain, particularly pedestal style fountains. This is also true because the parts of these fountains are help together only by gravity rather than cement or interlocking parts. With the exception of smaller wall fountains, these models are also meant for outdoor use. Cast stone fountains are prone to splashing. While this can create a relaxing and pleasing sound, the splashing can cause damage to the surrounding area, including walls, carpets, and electrical appliances, making them best suited for use outdoors.
A cast stone water fountain can be easily cared for. Always make sure that there is adequate water for your pump to keep it from running dry. The prevention of freezing during the winter is best achieved by bringing the fountain indoors, but when this is not possible, draining the fountain to prevent cracking is essential. Fountain covers are also recommended.
As with any fountain, reading the manufacturer’s instructions for assembling and caring for your cast stone fountain is highly recommended. Maintaining your fountain according to these instructions will help you keep it in the best condition possible. Touch up kits can help you refresh the color of the fountain. These simple tips can help you keep your fountain looking beautiful. Cast stone is an excellent choice, and when properly maintained it will offer beauty for many years to come.