|Water Feature Metal Selection
The metal parts of a water feature are front and center and noticed immediately by anyone who should be lucky enough to behold a beautiful wall fountain. Metal parts are used for the upper hood that houses the lighting assembly and water distribution components. Metal is also used for the lower tray that acts as the water reservoir and holds and conceals the water pump and plumbing fixtures that carry water through the fountain system. There are several varieties of metal that are commonly used including stainless steel, copper, acrylic and powder coated steel. You can also choose waterfall stones and pair them with metal choices.
One of the great things about stainless steel is that it resists markings and other discoloration when exposed to water. This trait makes caring for stainless steel fairly easy and the metal lasts a long time due to it's durability. Stainless steel is also very pretty. It's shine gives a feeling of sterility and newness that can make a room feel fresh and modern. One of the best types of stainless steel that is currently used on some water features is type 304 stainless steel. The number 304 signifies thickness and means that the metal will be very solid and durable and resist flex while on your fountain and wall.
Copper is probably one of the best metal you can get for a beautiful appearance, while still being affordable and feasible for manufacturing. The suppleness and unique vivid colors is what makes copper stand apart from other materials like stainless steel or acrylic. By heating copper a wide variety of different hues and rainbow-like patinas can be put directly into the metal. These designs will not wash away after the metal is cooled, but rather become permanent colorings of the metal. The colors can range from greens, reds, yellows and bronzes depending upon the intensity and duration of heat applied and the skill of the crafter.
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