Choosing a fountain basin isn't as tricky as you'd think.
It's all based on the fountain that you like and where you're going to put it.
We'll run through an example of our fountains and how we'd decide which basin to pair it with. We've even included a fun infographic.
Our first example is the Small Antique Millstone Fountain.
These fountains are about 20" in diameter and weigh approximately 150 pounds. Here's a basic checklist as shown in our infographic below.
1. How big is your fountain?
Most fountains need a basin that's 16-24" larger than the fountain's widest measurement.
Our example fountain is 20" in diameter, so 36" is the smallest basin size you'd want to put this fountain on.
Keep in mind that splash patterns can vary quite a bit based on the shape and style of the fountain. Rounder fountains with low plume tend to "hug" the fountain and can use smaller basins to recapture the water. Fountains with rough edges or cuts can throw water and will create much more splash (and noise).
2. How much does it weigh?
Most preformed plastic basins have weight limits less than 2000 pounds. Heavier fountains require basins made with pond liner, galvanized grating, and concrete blocks.
Good thing this one only weighs 150 pounds. We can use a preformed plastic basin. They are more expensive but you certainly save in installation time and cost.
Some locations may require fountains we sell may require a concrete pad or footer below the basin to reduce settling over time. Landscape contractors in your area will know local soil conditions and whether it would be necessary.
3. Commercial or Residential?
Commercial installations generally use pour on site concrete basins that are not much different than swimming pools. They require skilled contractors to build.
While all of our fountains are suited to commercial applications, in this example we'll pretend this is going in our back yard. No need for skilled contractors today!
4. Above ground or below?
Many traditional fountains are in above ground pools. Today, most residential fountains use dissapearing basins that are buried and covered with decorative rock. Choose based on style preferences and where you want your fountain located.
In our example, we could use the 36" Round Installation Kit if we wanted to have a dissapearing basin. If instead we wanted our fountain on a concrete or paved patio, we could use an above ground basin such as the Patio Basin.