Choos­ing materials

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Metal: Alu­minium and stain­less steel are per­fect for con­tem­po­rary wa­ter fea­tures. Both durable and low main­te­nance, they can be turned into sculp­tural wa­ter walls, spheres and tubes. Corten steel is in­cred­i­bly strong and de­vel­ops a strik­ing rust-like ap­pear­ance as it ages, cre­at­ing rich, warm tex­tures, which also pro­tects the steel be­low. Stone: Nat­u­ral sand­stone, gran­ite and flint can cre­ate wa­ter fea­tures that look like a riverbed or bab­bling wa­ter­fall in a coun­try­side stream. They look el­e­gant, es­pe­cially when colonised by lichens and mosses and are sta­ble but can be costly and heavy to move. Stonecrete, a stone and con­crete mix, is cheaper. Polyresin: This long-last­ing durable form of plas­tic is UV and frost re­sis­tant. It can be cast smooth or to take on the rough tex­ture of nat­u­ral materials, giv­ing an in­stant aged or ma­ture look and feel. It’s much lighter than stone, so fea­tures are easy to work with and move around.

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