Cast stone fountains and cast stone water birdbaths are the pillars of the water fountain community. The terms "carved in stone" or “etched in stone" are synonymous with stability and strength. Having a cast stone birdbathin your yard or garden is a sure sign of your knowledge for quality and longevity.
What is Cast Stone?
Cast stone is a man made material consisting of a variety of raw materials which can include course and or fine sand, Portland cement, limestone, granite , marble, quartz, calcite, mineral oxide coloring pigments, chemical admixtures to insure the quality of the concrete during mixing and to modify it after it’s dry, and finally, water. The properly mixed raw materials are then forced under pressure into custom made molds to create just about any shape or style of stone bird bath imaginable. By varying the combinations of raw materials, this process can replicate the appearance of many types of natural stone such as granite, marble, slate, travertine, limestone, sandstone, bluestone, and coral rock.
Many Styles of Cast Stone Bird Baths
Your shopping success for a stone bird bath or water fountain for your home will surely not be deterred by a lack of choices. These fountains come in sizes from only a few inches high to over 5 feet tall. They can be from 12 inches to over 4 feet in diameter, and can weigh anywhere from 25 to over 1,000 pounds. Among the wide array of styles are European, Oriental, rustic, modern tropical, contemporary and religious water fountains. Although some of the cast stone fountains come in a choice of only one color, many of them offer you a choice of custom colors when ordering. This allows you to match your home’s existing yard or garden décor more closely.
Cast Stone Bird Bath Prices
You can spend $90.00 for a quality cast stone water fountain or you can spend over $2,000 for one. Price is usually determined by the size, manufacturing process and the degree of detail in the finished fountain. Regardless of what you spend for your fountain, with proper care, a good quality bird bath or water fountain is made to last a lifetime.
Maintenance for Stone Bird Baths and Water Fountains
Keeping your fountain in top shape is a fairly simple process. Regular maintenance is the key. Always keep the water at the level recommended by the manufacturer. The frequency of adding water will normally depend on your outside temperature and humidity. You should clean your cast stone fountain once every 4-6 months. This means getting all of the water out of it and cleaning any dirt or mineral deposits that may have accumulated. When refilling your fountain, commercial water treatments are available that you can add to your water to deter the accumulation of mineral deposits and organic contaminants.
In climates where freezing temperatures are possible, drain water from the basin to prevent it from freezing and cracking the cast stone.
If you can’t move your fountain inside in sub freezing weather, cover it to help protect it from the elements. There are two things to keep in mind if your stone fountain is equipped with a water pump, remove it and keep it inside during freezing temperatures, and never run it without water. Theses situations will damage the pump.
A Proper Foundation for Your Stone Bird Bath
Considering the weight of some water fountains, proper footing is very important. Begin with a level surface. If you’re placing your fountain on a hard surface such as concrete or a brick patio, put a thin layer of sand beneath it as a cushion to prevent stress fractures in the water fountain when it’s filled with water. If placing your fountain on a soil surface, you can either place it on about an inch thick layer of sand or a 2 foot square or round patio paver depending on the size of the foot print of your fountain. Don’t be alarmed if your cast stone fountain develops small hairline fractures. This is a common due to temperature changes and weathering. It will not interfere with the normal functionality of your fountain. Be prepared to have someone assist you in assembling your cast stone fountain. As mentioned before, some can be quite heavy.
Choosing Your Fountain
While you’re in the process of deciding which water fountain or bird bath will be going in your yard or garden, many determining thoughts will be flowing through your mind. Where do I want to put it? What style do I want? What color do I want? What size do I want? Do I want one with a water pump or one without a water pump? These are all legitimate questions. The main factor in deciding what fountain to purchase can be summed up in one word; “YOU”
It’s your yard or garden. It’s your house. You’re the one that’s going to be looking at it every day. These cast stone fountains are made to last a lifetime. Get what you want. The only general advice that I can give to you is to choose a water fountain or bird bath that, size wise, is in proportion to the location that you want to place it. For example, if you’ve got a 5 foot by 8 foot patio, you wouldn’t want a fountain sitting on it that’s 4 feet in diameter. Or, you’ve got a large yard, and you want your water fountain to be seen from your house as well as from the road 50 feet from your house. You wouldn’t want a fountain that’s 12 inches in diameter.
I hope this information has helped you in your decision on a cast stone water fountain for your home. There are some beautiful fountains on the market and I know you’ll find one for your yard or garden. I thank you for visiting my website.