After spending thousands of dollars updating the outside look of a house, many homeowners feel reluctant to mar the new look with traditional downspouts from the gutter system.
A rain chain is a perfect alternative that allows you to further show your sense of style while still effectively diverting dangerous water away from your house. They come in a large variety of shapes, colors, and styles all designed to work just like a downspout but not be an eyesore. If you would like to see the options available, call your local gutter installation company.
The Origin of Rain Chains
The idea for rain chains originated hundreds of years ago in Japan. Originally they served the purpose of helping to collect rainwater for use inside the home. Over the last decade their popularity has spread to the United States as homeowners looked for alternatives to unsightly downspouts. Typically a rain chain is crafted from copper. This sturdy metal is not only long lasting, but it adds elegance to the outside of your home.
There is an array of styles that you can choose from. The original rain chains are a link design. They look sleek on homes with modern architectural design. The only drawback with the link design is that they do create more splash making them inconvenient close to doors and windows.
Cup designs work as small funnels and are more effective at channeling the water away from your foundation, even in a heavy downpour. They can be shaped into many different themes, such as birds or floral designs. Even when it is not raining, these will add style to the outside of your home.
A representative from a reliable gutter installation company can come out to your home and install your rain chains in less than a day. Installation is usually as simple as removing the existing downspouts and attaching the top of the chain into the hole. With a special attachment, the hole is made smaller to accommodate the rain chain and ensure that the water is still forced downward.
Without the ability to add an extension piece, you will need to consider where the rainwater goes once it hits the ground. Protecting the foundation of your house is still a top priority. Triangle diversion pieces will still work well with a rain chain. Consider enhancing the look by using natural stones or brick to divert the water over the plastic models. Another way to show off their unique beauty is by using a ceramic or clay pot at the bottom to catch the rainwater. The water that you collect can then be recycled into a garden or onto your lawn.
Today most subdivisions are overrun with cookie cutter homes that offer very little in the way of style or originality. With the installation of a rain chain you are setting your home apart from the rest, while still maintaining the functionality of the typical downspout. Whatever style you choose is sure to make your house stand out from the rest. If you have recently or are considering redoing your home’s exterior, call Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314) 756-9440 to see how you can incorporate a rain chain into your new look.
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