4 Things to Consider Before Buying an Outdoor Fountain
If you’re like most people, you might find meditation boring and think that weekly massages are too expensive. So how are you supposed to unwind at the end of a long day? If you’re looking for a more cost effective method of relaxation, why not try investing in an outdoor fountain? Even if you live in a small apartment or condo, there are multiple outdoor fountains that you can choose from. There is something almost magical about the soft, soothing sound of trickling water, and it can help you forget about the distractions all around you.
If you are considering buying an outdoor fountain for your outdoor space, here are four things you’ll need to take into consideration:
- Choosing an outdoor fountain involves more than just price and style. A quick Internet search will reveal that there are thousands of different styles of fountains to choose from. However, before you choose one, the first thing you’ll need to consider is the type of material it is made from. Fountains can be crafted from almost any type of material, including fiberglass, resin, bamboo, stone, and copper. Before choosing a fountain based on appearance or cost, you’ll need to ensure that the material it’s made from can withstand the climatic conditions of the area you live in.
- Do you want a solar fountain or electric fountain? Outdoor fountains must run continuously in order to prevent standing water, which can cause mold to develop. Depending on the size of the fountain you choose, it may be worth investing in a solar powered fountain. They operate just like traditional electric fountains, but they conserve electricity, which will save you money. Although an outdoor fountain does not pose a significant drain on your utilities, energy costs are on the rise, and any savings are welcomed – no matter how small.
- How much maintenance and time are you willing to invest in your outdoor fountain? As the water in a fountain recirculates, evaporation will happen. In order to ensure that the fountain’s pump remains in optimal condition, you will need to ensure that the water level remains within the manufacturer’s recommendations. Once a month, you’ll need to add an anti-algae treatment to prevent the buildup and growth of algae and mold. During the colder months of the year, all of the water will need to be drained from your fountain, and the pump will need to be stored indoors. Ceramic and stone fountains will need to be stored indoors in order to prevent cracking and other types of damage caused by the elements.
Relaxation is only one of the many benefits an outdoor fountain has to offer, and they do make a wonderful investment. However, they do require a certain amount of care. With these considerations in mind, you’ll be well on your way to choosing the perfect outdoor fountain for you.
- Aldyn Miller