The materials of which a fountain is made determine much more than its looks. Fountain materials can be the determining factor in which environments are suitable for the fountain and many other factors. Water fountain materials also determine the overall aesthetic characteristics of the device, from the sound to the look to the maintenance required.
A great deal of determining which water fountain material is desirable comes down to the look. It's easier to start broad. One can start from the position of weighting the benefits of metal and stone, specialty materials and other options. Some of these materials offer more than just looks to the owner of the fountain, especially if they need a lightweight fountain that can be easily moved.
Metal is one of the most popular fountain materials in use. Metal has several advantages. It is very durable relative to its weight. It also cleans very easily. Metal has the benefit of reflecting its environment if it is polished to a high finish. Among the various water fountain materials, metal also has some of the greatest potential for aural effects. One of the most popular fountains is the copper wall hanging water fountain.
Stone is one of the most classic of water fountain materials. Stone is durable and flexible in its use. Stone can be cast into just about any form and, of course, it lends itself nicely to being decorated. Stone is one of the heaviest of fountain materials and, particularly where large models are concerned, this may be an issue for some individuals.
While "plastic" used to be something of a pejorative, various plastics, resins and fiberglasses are among the most versatile of fountain materials. These offer several different looks at a very convenient weight. They are also very durable. Resin fountains and acrylic fountains can be mounted most anywhere due to their low weight and are very strong.