A tip for choosing an outdoor patio fountain is to figure out how much space is available by measuring for dimensions. Another tip for purchasing an outdoor fountain is choosing where to purchase it, since most discount retailers will not perform installations, but small, custom-fountain shops will, notes Carved Stone Creations.
Choosing the right material for the fountain is also important. Concrete does not last long and can chip and crack in cold weather, but it is cheap. Bronze lasts for a long time and changes color due to a process called patina. Homeowners who want their fountain to last a long time and want to give it deep acid cleanings can choose granite, according to Carved Stone Creations.