Rain chains can be adapted into your guttering system as an alternative to normal downspouts, which direct rainwater from your gutters away from the foundation of your home.
Rain chains are a much more aesthetically pleasing option for homeowners who prefer to customize the appearance of their home.
How do Rain Chains Work?
With rain chains rain water trickles from the gutters down either from chains or cups attached vertically from a chain that hangs from the gutter to the ground. At the end of the rain chain you can choose to have a bowl or basin that collects the water, or some choose to have a Japanese style miniature rock garden beneath the rain chain, which creates a lovely water feature.
Another benefit to rain chains is the sound it creates. When you get a lot of rain, downspouts can be very loud. Rain chains, on the other hand, make a tinkling sound as the rain is guided down through each cup and as the water falls down into the bowl or basin it sounds like a soft waterfall.
Rain chains come in many beautiful cup shapes and designs that you can choose to fit the style of your home and garden. They come in aluminum, copper, or brass. Copper and brass both darken as they naturally age and the effect looks very nice.
Rain chains are not heavy and are very easy to install. You should be able to easily attach rain chains to your existing gutters.
Rain chains have been used by the Japanese for hundreds of years. They would collect the water in very large barrels using rain chains and then would have household water to use from the barrels.
Choosing a Style
Choosing a style of rain chain is the fun part, but placement should inform your decision. There are two styles: Link style and cup style.
The link style rain chain is the original Japanese design and offer cleaner lines. Many people with modern homes choose this style. It is important to note that the link style rain chain will splash more than the cup style. So if your rain chain will be hanging near a window, door, or a walkway, you may want to go with a cup style rain chain in order to stay drier. Link chains come in a variety of designs.
Cup designs do the job a bit more efficiently because they act like funnels, directing the rain down through one cup and into the one below. There is less splashing so placement matters less than with link chains. And because they come in an endless variety of designs and are decorative as well, you can have a great time choosing the perfect one for your home.
Rain chains are a great, visually pleasing and highly functional alternative to normal downspouts and will look.
So when it comes to choosing a rain chain or having one installed, call Scott-Lee Guttering at (314) 756-9440 for out St. Louis office, or (636) 441-3800 for our St. Charles Office.