Guides & How To’s


The principles of winter fountain care are very similar to caring for your concrete garden statuary. You will want to fill the bowls of the fountain with absorbent materials such as Henri Underlay, burlap bags, blankets, etc. We also recommend covering your fountain with a fountain cover, such as a Henri Fountain Cover. In general you will want to avoid allowing water to collect and freeze in the bowls of fountain. You will also want to avoid allowing the pedestal of your fountain to sit in frozen water.

Joli Square Modern Garden Fountain

Joli Square Modern Garden Fountain

Another precaution we recommend with fountain winter preparation is taking out the pump and storing the pump inside. You can also use this as an opportunity to clean your fountain pump. To clean, remove front pump housing. Brush and/or wipe clean the inside of the housing and the pump’s inner face. Remove the impeller and shaft and rinse, using warm vinegar water or Henri Lime Remover to remove any hard water calcium deposits. Reassemble impeller and housing in reverse order. Take care not to open the sealed pump case protecting the motor. Also, avoid subjecting the pump to strong chemicals or harsh water conditions.

Following these recommendations will ensure enjoyment of your fountain for years to come.

Head on over to Statue.com to see our entire collection of fountains. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us. Have questions maintaining your statues, birdbaths and fountains please get in touch! Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

Reach us by phone Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634.

Email us at kristen@statue.com

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

We’d love to hear from you!

~Kristen

It has been downright chilly the past couple of days. As temperatures continue to get colder, it is time to start thinking about caring and prepping your concrete statues for that dreaded ‘W’ word, winter. Concrete is porous by nature. Think about what happens to sidewalks as water freezes. When this happens cracks form and get bigger as the water expands and contracts.

Labrador Dog Garden Statue by Henri

Labrador Dog Garden Statue by Henri

For the most part, our fine artisans have taken the shifting of temperatures and conditions into account. Temperature alone will not harm the statues. Cast stone statues are composed of a concrete mix  that contains fiber and mechanical additives which enhance the elastic qualities of the concrete. Nonetheless, Mother Nature is a destructive force and one must take caution when it comes to ice. If you live in an area that is prone to ice and snow it best to take sculptures and birdbaths inside.

If you are unable to store indoors we recommend filling the bowl(s) of birdbaths and sculptures with absorbent materials such as Henri Underlay, burlap bags, blankets, etc. We then advise covering the entire sculpture or birdbath with a Henri Fountain Cover. The idea is that if condensation forms on the inside of the cover, it will be absorbed by the material adding another layer of protection. We also recommend not allowing pedestals and statuary to sit in pools of ice.

Stay tuned for our next blog on getting your fountains prepared for winter.

Head on over to Statue.com to see our entire collection of durable concrete statuary. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us. Have questions maintaining your statues, birdbaths and fountains please get in touch! Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

Reach us by phone Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634.

Email us at kristen@statue.com

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

We’d love to hear from you!

~Kristen

 

The Statue.com Gallery has a wide range of casting materials to fit any decor need. Sometimes those choices can be a bit overwhelming. What is the difference between cast-stone or designer-resin? How about Tuffstone or Durastone? What materials work well for outside compared to materials that will reside indoors? We will help you step by step to understanding the different materials and choose the perfect one for your needs.

Bonded Carrara Marble

Florentine Pieta Michelangelo Statue 12

Florentine Pieta Michelangelo Statue 12″ High

The Northern Italian quarry of Carrara is noted for the white marble produced. The marble resin compound is created by crushing small pieces of Carrara marble that are not otherwise usable. The resin gives the marble powder an added strength superior to the natural stone. The statues consist of approximately 70% – 80% marble powder and the remainder being resin. Bonded marble compares favorably to its natural marble counterpart. The surface texture is nearly identical. The coloring of bonded marble is a consistent white whereas the natural Carrara marble is slightly off white with subtle gray streaking in some cases. It weighs approximately 90% of the weight of natural marble but is superior in strength.

Does the famous Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti ring a bell? Michelangelo used Carrara marble as his preferred sculpting material, including The Pieta and The David.

The care of Bonded Carrara Marble is fairly simple and usually just requires a simple dusting from time to time. It is significantly less porous than pure marble.

Designer-Resin

Athenian Wing Sculpted Wall Frieze

Athenian Wing Sculpted Wall Frieze

These sculptures are created by casting products of fiberglass resin, (a very durable synthetic polymer), in well-made molds. One of the most suitable casting materials for outdoor/indoor use. These pieces weather well in rain but when the temperatures dip below freezing it is best to bring them indoors.

Designer Resin is also significantly lighter than it’s cousin cast stone, thus reducing shipping costs. The finish of these pieces are easily customized.

Stay tuned for our next blog where we discuss Tuffstone and Durastone!

Head on over to Statue.com to see our entire collection. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us. Have questions about our casting material, get in touch! Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

Reach us by phone Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634.

Email us at kristen@statue.com

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

We’d love to hear from you!

~Kristen