|How To Support An Outdoor Fountain
Supporting your outdoor fountain is an important step whenever you install one of these water features in your garden or any place outside. Proper support should really be one of the first things to be considered. Support is essential because it is what enables the fountain to stand and remain level and erect over time and persevere through inclement weather such as rain, wind and sometimes snow. There are several ways to properly support an outdoor fountain. These ways include using a gravel and sand base, a concrete pad and a stone foundation.
Using A Gravel And Sand Base
A gravel and sand under layer is a good method of supporting an outdoor fountain. Usually with this method some of the earth topsoil is stripped away and a layer of sand is poured in. Typically at least a couple inches of sand is used. After this a top layer of gravel is poured over the sand base. The gravel has the ability to siphon off water from rain and fountain overflow and provides a rough textured surface to prevent the fountain from slipping and sliding on water that may accumulate under a pond or other heavy surface. In addition, the weight of the fountain presses down on the gravel under layer and acts to embed the gravel in the sand providing a base which is less prone to shift then either a gravel or sand base used alone.
Concrete Pad Fountain Foundations
One of the best methods of supporting any fountain is by using a concrete pad. Concrete pads are optimal due to their solidity and strength. You are virtually guaranteed a stable non-shifting surface using this method. However, the construction of a concrete pad will take some effort initially since concrete must be mixed and poured into a cast before the fountain is placed. Also, suitable conduits for electrical cords and any fountain Autofill lines must be built into the pad before it cures to hide these from view once the product is installed. You may also want to obtain fountain size specifications prior to pouring a concrete pad because if it extends out to far from the base perimeter it may ruin the overall aesthetic of the installed fountain in your garden.
Stone Foundations For Garden Fountains
On of the best aesthetic options for supporting an outdoor fountain is with a stone foundation that matches the design and finish of the upper structure. This type of support actually becomes an extension of the fountain and it meant to be viewed as part of the installation. This is in contrast to a sand and gravel or concrete pad that is meant to remain hidden after the fountain is installed. A stone foundation will work best with a sand and gravel under layer to ensure that the stones do not sink into the earth or become uneven in height due to the weight of the fountain resting on them.
Choosing To Support Your Fountain
No matter what method you choose to support your fountain you can safely stabilize your piece using a sand and gravel concrete pad or stone foundation method. Each method has it's own benefits and the choice you make will be determined by the time, budget and aesthetic qualities you wish to achieve. Concrete pads are the most stable but also require more preparation and up front labor. Sand and gravel is probably the easiest and most cost effective method. A stone foundation is for most people the most aesthetically pleasing but can also be costly because it is made in conjunction with the upper structure and needs to be styled and finished as well as shipped to you. Supporting an outdoor fountain is much different then installing an indoor fountain.
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