Sound Levels: Tier Fountains vary on the level of sound present. The rule of thumb is that the farther apart the tiers are the louder the water feature will be, because the water has further to fall. This is especially true if your tiered fountain includes a basin. This is important to remember when considering what type of fountain to purchase; some will be far louder than others.
Cast Stone Tiers: Cast stone fountains are a great choice. The cast stone is a natural looking material, and creates a wonderful sound as water interacts with it. Cast Stone tiered fountains are also often called concrete tiered fountains. These outdoor fountains can often be painted with different patinas or finishes to create a customized and personal fountain for your outdoor setting. These fountains are normally rather heavy and the higher the fountain, the more it will typically weigh.
Fiberglass Tiered Fountains: Fiberglass fountains, also known as lightweight fountains, are typically much lighter in weight in than cast stone due to their composition. Fiberglass provides a wonderful alternative to heavier materials, while still creating a tiered fountain that looks natural in your setting. These fountains usually come with a finish that is not customizable, but is implement into the product at the time of production rather than painted on by hand.
Choosing the Right Amount of Tiers: The amount of tiers really depends of the space available and the desired sound level. Having three to four tiers is perfect for a garden focal point, as it will add a soothing sound and an exciting feature. Tiered fountains that are in basins are much larger, making them perfect for a courtyard or a circular driveway, or large estates. Tiered wall fountains make a great addition to a patio or garden wall without using up a very large area on your patio or in the front yard.