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Fountain Installation Cost

Fountain Installation Cost

National average
$2,500
(tiered medium sized marble fountain with a pump installed in backyard)
Low: $175

(small fiberglass fountain with internal pump installed in garden)

High: $10,000

(large rock waterfall installed in existing pool)

Cost to install a fountain varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
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Fountain Installation Cost

National average
$2,500
(tiered medium sized marble fountain with a pump installed in backyard)
Low: $175

(small fiberglass fountain with internal pump installed in garden)

High: $10,000

(large rock waterfall installed in existing pool)

Cost to install a fountain varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from landscapers in your city.

The average cost to install a fountain is $250​.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Fountain?

Installing a water fountain on your property can greatly add to its beauty, as well as its value. You can install a water fountain as a stand-alone feature, or as a decorative addition to a pool or pond.

Several factors can influence the price you pay: size, materials, the type of fountain you choose, power needs, and labor. The average cost to install a fountain ranges between $1,250-$3,750, with the average homeowner spending around $2,500 on a tiered medium sized marble fountain with a pump installed in the backyard.

Water Fountain Installation Cost

Fountain Prices
National average cost$2,500
Average range$1,250-$3,750
Minimum Cost$175
Maximum Cost$10,000


Fountain Cost by Size

The size of the fountain you choose can have a big effect on your total price. Small, stand alone rock fountains can start as low as $125 and large marble fountains can cost as much as $10,000. Measurements are based on the widest points of the fountain body.

Fountain Costs Chart


Fountain SizeCost
Small (34” max)$125 - $1,000
Medium (35”- 62”)$400 - $3,500
Large (63” - 100”)$1,000 - $10,000


Water Fountain Price by Material

There are many fountain materials to choose from, and they each influence cost. Homeowners commonly choose materials that are durable enough to withstand outdoor exposure and that fit into their price range. The most affordable materials include resin & fiberglass 1, as well as concrete. However, there are a wide range of other materials that have their own aesthetics.

For instance, marble and copper may be more expensive than most other materials, but they each have a unique appearance that can add great visual appeal. Below, we’ve listed the most common types of materials used for fountains, along with their average prices:

Water Fountain Costs

Water Fountain Costs

Fountain MaterialCost
Resin or plastic$100 - $600
Fiberglass$100 - $1,500
Rock$150 - $2,000
Ceramic$150 - $3,000
Concrete$300 - $2,500
Glass$350 - $6,000
Slate$400 - $2,500
Stone$500 - $6,000
Copper$500 - $7,000
Marble$600 - $10,000


Resin Fountain or Plastic Fountain

A resin fountain or plastic fountain are the most affordable choices. These materials are lightweight and can be taken with you if you relocate. However, they are also the least durable and likely to crack or chip, especially in severe weather. Expect the cost for a resin fountain or plastic fountain to range from $100 to $600.

Fiberglass Fountain

Fiberglass 1 fountains are also lightweight, making them easy to install and to move. There is little maintenance required and the fountain can be made to look like stone, a statue, an urn, or many other designs. A fiberglass fountain can start as low as $100 and go up to $1,500.

Rock Fountain

A rock water fountain is a beautiful way to make a backyard water fountain look natural. There are many options, including natural looking rocks or statues carved out of rock. Rock fountains are heavy and will cost $150 to $2,000.

Ceramic Fountain

Ceramic fountains are another traditional option. The available colors and shiny glaze make them an eye-catching backyard water fountain. Expect a small ceramic fountain to start around $150 and large, extravagant ones to cost over $3,000.

Concrete Fountain

A concrete fountain is durable and can withstand the elements, especially if they are sealed every year. However, these fountains are heavy and will likely become a permanent fixture at the location of installation. Expect to pay between $300 to $2,500 for a concrete fountain.

Glass Fountain

Glass fountains are often found indoors, but they are also made to go outside and survive the elements. They are a great way to make an artistic statement. Expect the glass water fountain price to start at $350 and go up to $6,000.

Slate Fountain

A slate 2 fountain can add a classy and refined look to any home or garden. It is a natural stone material and can be used in a variety of designs and styles. Slate fountains start around $400 and can go up to $2,500.

Stone Fountain

Stone fountains are built to last. They are heavy, and can come in a variety of shapes and designs. Expect a stone fountain to cost between $500 and $6,000.

Copper Fountain

Copper fountains are elegant and contemporary. Owners love the amazing color, especially the rosy hues. There are a variety of sizes and designs to choose from. A copper fountain should cost between $500 and $7,000.

Marble Fountain

Marble has always been a highly desired material, and a marble fountain is no different. These fountains add charm, are easy to care for, and come in many styles. The price of a marble fountain should be between $600 and $10,000.

Fountain Cost by Type

In addition to choosing a material for your fountain, there are also many different styles. There are simple tabletop fountains, those that hang on the wall of your home, bird baths, and huge cascading fountains set amongst lush gardens. The sound of running water is soothing no matter the choice of fountain.

Water Fountain Prices

Water Fountain Prices


TypeCost
Bird Bath$60-$1,000
Spouting fountain$100-$1,300
Self-contained fountain$130-$2,500
Japanese$140-$200
Wall (hanging)$150-$1,000
Cascading fountain$160- $3,000
Waterfall fountain$160-$6,000
Tier$170-$5,000
Fire and water fountain$300-$7,000
Disappearing / Pondless$330-$900
Glass Sheet$400-$1,800
Wall (freestanding)$600-$1,200


Bird Bath Fountain

This type of fountain has a shallow basin on a raised platform, which allows wild birds to bathe. Although a pump 3 is usually needed, depending on design, you may not need one. Bird bath fountains are generally made of concrete and resin/fiberglass. The cost to get one installed ranges between $60-$1,000.

Spouting Fountain

Choose a spouting fountain for the striking effect of shooting water out or up into the air. This effect can happen in small fountains or large ones, just keep in mind that this will create more noise. Expect to pay between $100 and $1,300 for a spouting fountain.

Self-contained Fountain

A self-contained fountain has all needed parts included in the unit. This means that the pump, plumbing, and power source are all inside. For this reason, the installation is easy and the unit can be taken with you if you move. Costs for a self-contained fountain generally range from $130 to $2,500

Japanese Fountain

Japanese fountains are characterized by simple spouts that open to round basins, or shallow square basins. These fountains are frequently made of concrete, stone and bamboo, at a cost of $140-$200.

Wall Hanging Fountain

These fountains typically hang on the wall and have an ornate design. Resin and fiberglass are the main materials of wall hanging fountains, with an average cost of $150-$1,000

Cascading Fountain

Water gently flows downward in a cascading fountain. Find small cascading fountains as well as large ones with rocks, spheres, pots, or many more options for designs. Expect a cascading fountain to cost between $160 and $3,000.

Waterfall Fountain

A waterfall fountain generally comes in rock, glass, or metal. There are a variety of sizes and styles available, starting small and going up to an extravagant waterfall flowing into a pool. A simple waterfall fountain will start around $160 and extravagant ones will go up to $6,000.

Tier Fountain

Tier fountains have multiple levels of basins that spill into one another, they are made of concrete and resin/fiberglass. Expect to pay $170-$7,500 for a tier fountain.

Fire and Water Fountain

Becoming more popular, fire and water fountains combine two things people love to have in their yards. Hear the soothing sound of running water while watching the flames flicker. These fountains can be simple or extravagant and have a price ranging from $300 to $7,000.

Pondless Fountain

Pondless fountains do not have a pool and their basin is usually filled with rocks. Water is immediately absorbed for reflow. The price for a pondless fountain, also called a disappearing fountain, should range from $330-$900.

Glass Sheet Fountain

These fountains have a framed sheet of glass upon which the water flows. The cost to install a glass sheet fountain is $400-$1,800.

Free Standing Wall Fountain

Free standing wall fountains usually have a pool and are set on the ground against a wall. Concrete is the main material used for these fountains. Count on paying $600-$1,200 for this.

Labor Cost to Install a Fountain

Fountain & waterfall companies, pond builders, and some pool builders provide fountain installation services. Plumbing and electrical setup is typically included. This labor cost usually amounts to $40-$65 per hour. Fountain installation usually takes 1 full working day ($320-$520). Some landscaping companies that specialize in adding water features may be able to do the installation as well and they charge $50-$100 per hour ($400-$800).

You may be able to DIY your fountain installation. If you DIY, you may still need to hire a plumber to set up the pump 3 and piping ($45-$65 per hour), and an electrician to connect the power supply ($65-$85 per hour).


Professional installing a fountain in a garden


Excavation

If the land you want to put your fountain on is too high or uneven, you may need to have excavation or regrading work done. This can add costs. Excavation typically costs $225-$420 per cubic yard (100 sq. ft. of soil). The amount of excavation work you may need completely depends on the desired location of your fountain: its size, its terrain, and the surrounding land. Consider the largest basin diameter of your fountain when you determine the size of cleared space you’ll need for your fountain. Regrading costs anywhere from $4.37 to $5.41 per sq. ft.

How Much Electricity Does a Water Fountain Use?

A fountain needs a 110V outlet to hook up to; if you don’t have one nearby you may need to install a new line. This can cost several hundred dollars. You will need at least one pump 3 to run your fountain. They cost $60-$400.

The amount of electricity a water fountain uses depends on many factors. These include the amount of water the fountain uses, how many hours per day it runs, the force of the water pump 3, the amount of power (in watt) the pump uses, and the amount electricity costs in your area. If you use a 250 watt water pump that runs 24 hours a day and the cost per watt is $0.1, it will cost $18 to run the pump for a month.

Indoor Water Fountain

Having an indoor water fountain installed can bring peace and tranquility to your home. It can combat highway noise or loud neighbors, and the sound of running water has a calming effect. These fountains can also add value to your home. Indoor water fountains are typically installed as a wall hanging, a stand alone feature against a wall, or sitting on a table or shelf. Typical indoor water fountains cost between $150 and $1,200.

Solar Fountain

Although solar fountains cost more upfront than standard fountains, they will save money on energy costs in the long run. The installation process is also simpler, which will save money as well. The most common types of fountains that are made pre-solar are tier fountains and bird baths. These start at about $250 and go up from there. Another option is to purchase a solar panel and pump 3 kit and have it added to an existing fountain. These kits range in price from about $15 for a floating solar fountain for a small bird bath up to more than $250 for a large fountain. It should only take an hour or two for a pool or landscaping professional to install a solar panel and pump, at a cost of about $50 to $150.

Swimming Pool Fountain

There are many options when it comes to adding a pool water fountain. Whether you will add a fountain to an existing pool that is in ground or are considering an above ground pool fountain, there are possibilities. There are floating pool fountains, wall fountains, pedestal pool fountains, and large water features, such as a rock waterfall. Floating pool fountains are usually made of plastic, are the easiest to install, and most inexpensive starting at about $20 and go up to $150. A solar pool fountain will range in price from about $16 to $100. Wall fountains consist of a fountain attached to a wall. A small wall fountain can start as low as $200 and a large one can go up to $5,000.

A pedestal fountain is freestanding and can be more artistic, like a bowl pumping water into the pool, an animal, or other sculpture. Cost should range from $200 to $1,000 or more. The largest and most expensive project would be to create a custom rock waterfall. Expect this project to cost between $1,000 and $15,000. Keep in mind that all of these projects, except for a floating pool fountain, require extensive plumbing and possibly electrical work. A large rock waterfall can take days or even a week to install and labor costs can reach $1,000 or more.


Swimming pool fountain in a modern house


Pond Fountain Cost

A pond fountain not only looks great, but can also help to aerate the water and keep the environment healthy. Algae and mosquitoes can be combated. The most common pond fountains are spitters, a solar pond fountain, pond nozzles, and waterfall spillways. A pond nozzle basically shoots water up in the pond in a variety of ways. Choose a desired pattern and intensity. The pond nozzle is connected to a pump 3 and placed in the pond.

Pond nozzle kits are $10 to $25 and a pond pump will run about $50 to $400, depending on the size needed. Professional installation should take an hour or two at $50 to $150. Adding a waterfall to your pond will be the most expensive, coming in at $1,200 to $1,800 or more depending on the size.

Fountain Maintenance

Routine maintenance will keep your fountain running well and cut down on repairs. Landscaping professionals or swimming pool maintenance workers can usually perform fountain maintenance tasks. The cost to perform monthly maintenance should range from $50 to $150. Indoor water fountain maintenance involves draining the water, cleaning the pump, cleaning the tubing, and wiping down all surfaces. Outdoor fountain maintenance takes a little more work. It involves removing debris such as insects, leaves, and twigs a few times a week, draining the water at least once a month or when the water appears murky, cleaning the pump and any tubing, and scrubbing all fountain surfaces. Outdoor fountain maintenance should also include disassembling and storing the fountain during the time of the year that it will freeze. It is ideal to use distilled water in both indoor and outdoor fountains to minimize mineral build-up. Also consider adding algae preventing chemicals to the water, this runs about $20 per bottle.


Beautiful tier garden fountain

Store-bought vs. Custom Water Fountain

Store-bought fountains are usually far cheaper than their custom-made counterparts. But having your fountain custom built can allow you to make unique design choices, and create a fountain that is perfectly suited to your planned location. Custom pricing is highly variable, and depends on your choices of size, materials, style, and specific design elements. Count on paying at least $1,000+ for even small fountains that are custom-made.

Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Roman Waterfall Fountain

Roman-style fountains are classical in design, usually featuring ornamental carvings and deep basins that the water flows into from small spouts. They can be either freestanding or wall fountains. Average prices are $400-$6,000+.

Fountain Bubblers

Fountain bubblers are relatively small fountains that bubble up small amounts of water, rather than having basins and moderate flows. Their focus is usually less on the water and more on the fountain designs. They typically cost $300-$700.

Auto-fill

Normally you’d regularly refill your fountain garden hose, but you can also use an auto-fill device ($100-$150). This will automatically keep your fountain full. This is useful if you have a hard time remembering to manually refill your fountain - having the water level get too low can damage the pump 3. You’ll need access to a nearby water line for an auto-fill installation. Expect installation to take at least 1 hour.

LED Fountain

An LED fountain can add a nice touch to any yard, swimming pool, or pond. Floating solar LED fountains can cost $25 to $75. Freestanding indoor and outdoor fountains can also be found with LED lights. Expect a fountain with LED lights to cost $15 to $100 more than a traditional fountain.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Transport. Heavy fountains and fountain materials may require extra laborers to handle the delivery. You should expect to pay at least 1 hour’s wage to each extra laborer needed for the transport and delivery of your fountain ($40-$75 per hour).
  • Wildlife. Wildlife are often attracted to the sound of flowing water. When your fountain is running, you may notice a greater number of insects and animals in your yard. The most common animals to see are birds and dragonflies.
  • Drinking water fountains. Industrial looking indoor water fountains can be installed indoors or outdoors and cost between $380 and $1,100. More stylish drinking fountains can be considered for a backyard environment and can range in price from $1,000 to $5,000 installed.

FAQ

  • How much does it cost to install a fountain?

There are many factors that determine the cost to install a fountain. It could be as little as $100 for a small fountain with minimal installation requirements, or over $10,000 for a large marble fountain in the garden.

  • How long does it take to install a water fountain?

A simple water fountain can be installed in a few hours. A large fountain, such as a rock waterfall feature in a pool, could take several days to install.

  • How do you install a fountain basin?

First, with an outdoor fountain, the land will need to be prepared and leveled. The basin will need to be set on the level and prepared ground. If the fountain is heavy, this might take a small crane. After the basin is set, all electrical and plumbing work can be done. An indoor fountain should simply require setting up the fountain and attaching it to plumbing and electrical sources.

  • How much does it cost to put a fountain in a pond?

A spitter can cost as little as $30, a pond nozzle between $60 and $425 and a waterfall feature between $1,200 and $1,800.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

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glossary term picture Fiberglass 1 Fiberglass: Plastic that is reinforced with glass fibers. The fibers may be mixed randomly throughout the plastic, or come in the form of a flat sheet, or be woven into a fabric
glossary term picture Slate 2 Slate: A fine-grained rock, typically bluish-gray in color, that can easily be split into thin layers and is commonly used as a roofing material
glossary term picture Pump 3 Pump: A device used to move air, liquid, or gas by mechanical means

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-6%
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Allen, TX
+23%
Anchorage, AK
+35%
Arlington, TX
+6%
Ashland, NH
+22%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Austin, TX
+13%
Azle, TX
-24%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Boonton, NJ
+31%
Broken Arrow, OK
-17%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chelmsford, MA
+36%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Coldwater, MI
-21%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Cordova, TN
+25%
Cottonwood, AZ
-27%
Currituck, NC
-16%
Denver, CO
+1%
Desoto, TX
+7%
Detroit, MI
+16%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Elk Grove, CA
+6%
Escondido, CA
+9%
Evansville, IN
+7%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Hartford, CT
+23%
Homosassa, FL
-36%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntsville, AL
-17%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Lake Worth, FL
-2%
Lancaster, CA
+4%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Laurel, MT
-12%
Lenoir, NC
-36%
Lithonia, GA
+9%
Longwood, FL
-1%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Marietta, GA
+10%
Meridian, ID
-11%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Miami, FL
+1%
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