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The fountains with their innumerable forms, still today represent, in addition to the decorative element of the gardens, their practical function of the administration of the most precious good: "water". There are various types of fountains, from the simplest to columns to those with different shapes and decorations that make them real masterpieces. The primary element that represents them and that makes them useful and indispensable is always and only: "water". They allow it to be dispensed through a pipe with one or more taps, sometimes creating even games and repeated passages, through a regular recycling, managed by a pump and a purification and purification system that avoids waste.
Peculiarities and location
The fountains are made to give in addition to their purely practical use, a special touch to your garden. Since the variety of shapes and styles is immense, we will discover some particularities that make it a unique element for the furnishing of our green spaces. Since they are born with the simple function of supplying water, over time they have become a symbol of well-being and opulence since Roman times. Even today this object, if well placed, gives a charm of other times. However, the choice does not only follow aesthetic requirements, but also a targeted use. Depending on the type of garden, the choice may fall on those embedded in the wall, with a circular base, in cast iron, in cement and in terracotta. Having a suitable space, a very romantic and suggestive peculiarity is the one represented by the small fountain composed of blocks of rock, from which a dispensing mouth emerges which creates the illusion of spring water. Equally fascinating is the one embedded in the wall, composed of a collection bowl, which can be placed on the ground or anchored to the wall itself. Very suggestive and practical if it is positioned at an angle, making it a real decorative object. Find its ideal location if you have limited space. The choice of wall fountains often falls on classical and Roman art, but the decorations and lines to choose are innumerable as are the materials. The important thing is that everything blends harmoniously with the green space, creating a touch of vitality and particularity more. In the decoration of gardens that present a more modern style, the Zen fountains are very suitable. From the simplest to the most sophisticated. They are small and to follow the oriental philosophy they are placed following the bases of the Japanese aesthetic parameters. The aim is to contrast the static nature of the garden with a movement that is dynamic and in continuous transformation. They are also built with natural materials such as terracotta, river rocks and bamboo. The architectural aspect is simple and linear, the water collection bowls recall the typical shape of the rocks of a spring that gush fresh and pure water. The naturalness and essentiality of these harmonious achievements do not represent the only possible solution. In fact, there are others that are made for decorative purposes only with the most disparate shapes and colors, created according to the most suitable atmosphere for the garden.
Most used materials
The stone, thanks to the resistance to the corrosive action of water, to shocks and to thermal shocks, represents the most important material for the realization of outdoor fountains. Since ancient times, thanks to its easy availability and high resistance to atmospheric agents over time, it has been the fundamental element for their manufacture. In more recent times cast iron at higher latitudes, due to winter frost has replaced the stone, guaranteeing excellent thermal insulation. Cast iron is a material whose origins date back to over 1000 years BC. With the passing of the centuries its processing has been perfected up to the realization of fountains with unique characteristics with a material that does not require any maintenance. If one were to order one of a particular shape, there would be no problems of any kind in achieving it. For the processing is mainly used gray cast iron which can also be glazed in different colors. Cement has found its application in the marketing of drinking fountains thanks to its peculiar pliability and low cost. The key feature that sets it apart is its weather resistance, sturdiness and versatility. It is possible with special molds to make fountains of any shape and with the addition to the pebble or grit cement of various colors, results can be obtained that recall the real stone. Marble, on the other hand, is the most decorative material and has a great emotional impact due to the masterpieces of the past, despite its high costs and the obligation of constant cleaning and maintenance. Garden fountains can also be made in terracotta, suitable for the most varied colored and iron decorations with low-cost and high-resistance productions.
Tips for shopping
Managing a green space also means taking care of it and making it comfortable and pleasant not only on an aesthetic level. The fountains are objects that are able to personalize and make the environment and the space intended for them, even more pleasant to live. There is still someone who thinks that the fountains are objects linked to old gardens with marble statues, faces of animals carved in stone and mythological images, but the error is understandable. On the market today it is possible to find any kind, shape and size. The first step to do, before buying one, is certainly necessary to predict where it will be placed, since you will have to deal with outside temperatures, sun exposure and atmospheric agents. If you need it only as a decorative element, any place will be fine. If you want to use it to clean tools, to wash various grills and cookware used in barbecues, you will need to buy a large, shock-resistant one. You could place it near the kitchenette and you should choose it with a comfortable support if possible. If you like the classic bronze wall fountain, you should definitely choose the one with the flat bottom by applying it to the wall with appropriate plugs. They are the typical fountains without support, very suggestive with the face of an animal carved on the facade, almost always that of the lion, from whose mouth the water will flow. For example, if you live by the sea, those made of steel, which contain nickel, are the most suitable, since they are very resistant to corrosion and the salinity of the sea. For those who love technology and are an advocate of environmental respect, they can also buy one with solar power.
Garden drinking fountain: Maintenance and cleaning.
Despite the continuous exposure to the bad weather and the corrosive attacks of the water, the fountains do not require special maintenance and care. It is good practice to regularly check the correct operation of the hydraulic system and to clean the water collection bowl properly, releasing the drain from leaves and branches. With the arrival of winter it is useful to remove surface dirt with a brush using detergents suitable for the type of material used to make the fountain. Water is a treasure and should not be wasted and the fountain is its faithful companion who since ancient times has given it to men, with dedication and parsimony.