Just What Does 100% Metal Really Mean?

August 28th, 2014

I was asked that very question by a client recently. I frankly didn’t understand the basis of the question at first, as 100% could mean many things. The basis of the question in this case was, “When Fountains Unique says ‘All of our metal products are made in 100% metal’ – what exactly does that mean?” So, as the saying goes, I’m glad you asked!

Here at Fountains Unique, when we say that our metal products are 100%, we mean exactly that. All of our Bronze, Brass and Copper products are made in 100% Bronze, Copper or Brass. We truly do NOT use veneers, fillers or plastics of any kind. And without getting too technical (or boring!) I’ll explain a little about the process that goes into making such high quality products.

Copper is the base material or “father” of Brass and Bronze. Brass and Bronze are actually “Alloys.” Alloys are a mix of two or more metals. Brass is an alloy of Copper and Zinc. Modern Bronze is also an alloy of Copper and Zinc, though with different percentages of each as compared to Brass. I mention this for a couple of reasons. The first is that the foundries we have under contract actually start with the alloy components, or ingredients if you will, and melt them down in the correct percentages depending on whether the product is to be Brass, Copper or Bronze. They then cast them in our proprietary molds.

This smelting and casting process takes time, but it also ensures a quality final product. This is the main reason we sometimes quote lead times of up to four weeks. The other important fact to keep in mind: Copper and its alloys resist rust and corrosion, thus they are excellent material for today’s salt water (or saline) pools and spas.

So the next time you hear us proudly exclaim, “Our Metal Products are 100%,” you’ll know what we mean – and equally important – what it means to your clients.

Anthony “Tony” Wyatt
CEO, Fountains Unique

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