The sound of water moving across stone is one of the most inspiring or relaxing imaginable. Such a sound brings to mind visions of small streams and meandering rivers, but can also drown out the noise of nearby vehicle or pedestrian traffic too. This is just one of the many reasons that people opt to install a slate water fountain in their home, office, or commercial spaces.
Another reason for a reliance on the slate fountain is the fact that it is a remarkably flexible material for a number of decorator and designer styles. Consider that a modern room or home can use a fountain with a slate feature just as readily as an “all natural” or organic sort of home can too. It is important to also note that slate is available in a nice palette of naturally occurring colors and patterns, and that most of the better manufacturers and distributors sell the fountains with a nice selection of frame and base styles to coordinate with the variety of slate selected.
For example, it is not all that difficult to find a green, black or rajah slate fountain with a copper, stainless steel, or even a wooden frame. The natural colors in slate allow them coordinate well with most any decor.
Unlike the purely metallic floor, desktop, garden, or wall fountains made of copper or stainless steel, the slate water fountains come with a very visible texture as well. The surface of the stone is far rougher than a flat piece of metal, and this creates “movement” or ripples in the water as it passes across the surface.
Of course, one of the major drawbacks to choosing to install a slate fountain in a home or office space is the fact that the materials are so remarkably heavy. An owner will have to consider the location of the fixture well in advance of installing it, and this is due to the fact that they will need to mount it to the wall studs instead of just the sheetrock or paneling. They must also consider the location of the power outlets too. Most owners of wall fountains don’t want to have a viewable power cord dropping from behind the fixture, and this often requires the hanging space to have a wall plug properly installed behind the unit prior to mounting the fountain.
Interestingly enough, the popularity of slate water fountains has driven some of the best manufacturers to create versions that rely upon a “veneer” of natural slate which is attached to a lighter weight backing. This means that the owner gets the same beautiful looks and natural qualities as the heavier stone, but without all of the concerns about mounting large slabs of stone to the surface of the wall.