This is a perfect example of a ‘standard’ rain chain recommended by Des. It is made using the highest quality materials and craftsmanship to ensure it lasts through harsh weather – and improves curb appeal in the process. This chain also comes with its own hanging hook so that you can enjoy its benefits in a matter of moments.This ‘standard’ rain chain comes with a ‘functional downspout design’ that is specially designed for gutters with a standard length of 8.5 feet. This allows the water to effortlessly cascade down each cup and link on the rain chains to create a beautiful water feature that looks as good while is does good.
We’ve already established whether rain chains are better than downspouts (answer: you can’t do without downspouts entirely, but rain chains are a great addition), but which type of chain is strongest again harsh weather conditions?
The most important thing to consider is the length of your rain chain and whether it is the right size for your property. However, the expert explains that material is also important – as is your pre-existing guttering system that should also be also taken into account.Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
You might think all rain chains are made equal. Not so. Some are really effective at redirecting rainwater, some aren’t, and might even lead to damage in your garden and home.
‘Your standard chain link rain chains are best. We’re not saying you should avoid the more ornate options, but they’re definitely not as effective, and if anything, they could actually be damaging the drains and areas around the base of the chain,’ says Des Brosnan, a garden maintenance expert at Brosnan Property Solutions.This traditional-style rain chain is designed to last – made from a brushed copper that will weather to a beautiful verdigris patina. Its sleek and simple shape allows for a soothing sound when the sound of rain cascades down the chain, from your roof to the ground or rain barrel.
Do rain chains work in winter?
Rain chains typically hold up very well in the winter months and can usually be used as they are in spring and summer with little intervention, especially in milder climates.
‘The best option you can go for is a steel option, with galvanized steel working best. If you live in an area that is regularly subjected to high winds and prolonged rainfall, you’ll need galvanized steel,’ Des says.If you choose a ‘fancier’ option, such as one with buckets (for example), your chain could become overwhelmed with gushing water and lead to an overflow of water that will hit the ground below, creating erosion and splashing walls and doors.
‘This is especially important to bear in mind if you live in a particularly wet area where gutters can fill up quite quickly and have to deal with a lot of water in a short period of time,’ Des says.
Rosalie Hoare, the sales and marketing director from Metal Gutta, adds that chains with smaller links work better than larger link chains. ‘Plus, if you choose a copper chain, then you get the lovely changing color as the copper oxidizes over time,’ she adds.
‘A traditional downspout can handle this and safely direct water to a drain; a regular rain chain won’t be quite as effective but will do a solid job, but the more aesthetically focused rain chains just aren’t up to the task.’He adds that aluminum chains can work well too, but they may need to be more protected as they will not likely survive harsh weather conditions. Copper is probably the most common option; it’s durable and has that lovely reddy-orange color that looks great.’ Our barista gives a detailed guide for how to store coffee grounds; how to make them last longer; and why you should never put them in the refrigerator ‘Basically, the two metals interact and interfere with each other, causing them to degrade over time. Ensure the two metals don’t come into direct contact with one another by installing a barrier between the two; plastic clips are available and will solve the issue.’
‘Standard’ rain chains, explains Des, (such as our left-hand choice, above, at Amazon) effectively direct the flow of water toward the ground ‘in a relatively orderly fashion.’
‘As well as being sustainable and beneficial for the environment, rain gardens make functional spaces attractive,’ explains award-winning garden designer Matt Keightley in the RHS book, Your Wellbeing Garden.
Rain chains can be an integral part of sustainable garden ideas as they make collecting water easy. Find out how to install your own and start collecting rain water today.’If you let the rain chain dangle just above the top of the barrel, you’ll be able to hear the sound of the water as it drips into the barrel, which can add a lovely sensory element to your garden,’ Rachel says.
Are rain chains loud?
Our downspouts are noisy? Rain chains sound much better than traditional downspouts. From the bell-like tinkle of drops falling from cup to cup, to the soft whitewater sound of a waterfall, rain chains eliminate the disruptive, clunky noise associated with closed downspouts.
You may have seen a metal chain or ornamental links hanging from a gutter and wondered what they do. Known as rain chains, they’re not simply decoration, although they do add a visual and auditory dimension to the garden that can enhance your experience of being in your backyard.’Rain chains may be trending in modern gardens, but they were used in ancient Japan as a means to collect rain water – and you can still find them in Japanese homes and gardens today,’ explains Homes & Gardens gardening writer, Rachel Crow.
What is the best type of rain chain?
What material is best for a rain chain? ‘The best option you can go for is a steel option, with galvanized steel working best. If you live in an area that is regularly subjected to high winds and prolonged rainfall, you’ll need galvanized steel,’ Des says.
Andrea has been immersed in the world of homes, interiors and lifestyle since her first job in journalism, on Ideal Home. She went from women’s magazine Options to Frank. From there it was on to the launch of Red magazine, where she stayed for 10 years and became Assistant Editor. She then shifted into freelancing, and spent 14 years writing for everyone from The Telegraph to The Sunday Times, Livingetc, Stylist and Woman & Home. She was then offered the job as Editor on Country Homes & Interiors, and now combines that role with writing for sister title homesandgardens.com.It begins with your driveway design, garden landscaping ideas, and patio ideas – any part of your front or backyard that would usually feature a lot of hard landscaping. ‘You might want let the rain chain reach the flower bed, especially if the roof line or eaves shelter the ground beside the house from the rain. This way, you’re effectively irrigating the bed directly each time it rains,’ says Rachel. If you’re looking for garden ideas that tackle drought or take a more climate-friendly approach to gardening – such as a rain garden – then why not include a rain chain as part of your design?In fact, rain chains serve the vital function of collecting rain water from the roof and gutters and channelling it to where it is most needed in the garden. A rain chain might divert rain water to a water butt, into a bed of moisture-loving plants, or to the ground where it can be used to replenish the water table. A rain chain should be placed at the corner of gutter, where a downpipe would usually be. ‘That might be on the eaves of your house, on your shed or a garden building, or on your garage,’ suggests Rachel Crow. A rain garden is designed to collect rain water and divert it back into the soil – avoiding the run off and wastage that comes from having too many impermeable surfaces in your yard. When rain water goes directly into drainage systems, it can contribute to flooding.
Are rain chains a good idea?
The rain chains, like downspouts, can help direct the water to a safe drainage area, such as a water feature or landscaped garden bed. Unlike traditional downspouts, rain chains help slow the flow of water. This, in turn, can help reduce soil erosion.
‘Known in Japan as ‘kusari doi’, which means rain gutter, they are attached to the eaves or gutters of a house instead of a downpipe. When it rains, the water gently flows down the rain chain to the bottom, where it can be collected in a barrel or decorative water feature, or channelled into the garden to irrigate the flower beds.’Any water-resistant linked rings can be used to create a rain chain, ranging from simple metal shower curtain rings to ring pulls from drinks cans connected with flexible wire. For light materials like this, you’ll need to thread a length of stiff wire through the chain once connected to stiffen the rain chain, making it easy to position.’Create an area that directs rainwater through the soil and back into the water table. Include beds of moisture-loving perennials around paved surfaces and plant groundcovers and creeping perennials between paving stones to allow rainwater to drain through the soil.
Dig a small depression in the ground where the rain chain meets the soil, and line this with stones or pebbles, which will prevent the area becoming waterlogged. You can plant moisture-loving plants in and around the hole, with drought-resistant plants further away, where the rainwater is less likely to penetrate.
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Do rain chains work in wind?
However, rain chains can’t control large amounts of water properly, especially if there is a wind blowing. That wind flings the water off the rain chain in a wide arc in an uncontrolled fashion. This can stain siding, gradually wash away foundations, and make the doors and windows dirty all over again.
A standard 8 1/2′ length of rain chain ranges from 5-7 lbs. The water on the chain during rainfall does add to that weight a little. Long drops (20+ feet) may require some additional gutter reinforcement.No. Many of our customers live in cold and snowy sections of the country and rain chains are very attractive when covered in ice or snow. During the day ice may melt and overnight refreeze creating beautiful ice formations. Be aware that you may need to account for the extra weight on the chain if the water on the chain freezes. We recommend using the installation kit for longer lengths instead of the standard V-hook, as it provides a more secure connection to the gutter. You can also simply knock off any excess ice formation to reduce the weight.
There are some factors to consider when deciding the best location for your new rain chain; first, consider the effect of splashing. If hung too close to a walkway or porch, those passing by might find themselves getting a bit wet during a heavy rain. In general, the ones made of just the copper loops linked together tend to be the “splashiest” – for a location with foot traffic nearby, chain downspouts that use cups might be more appropriate. They can handle the flow of water more easily as it is funneled from the top to the bottom. Second, it is nice to have a spot where it can be easily seen. If you have a window near where your gutter drains, that would be an ideal spot. This would allow you to see and hear the rain running through up close without getting wet. You might even be able to open the window a bit and enjoy the sound of the water as it cascades down the chain.
We recommend using Loctite® Blue adhesive when screwing on the nuts for your rain chain. This helps them stay secured, especially in windy or cold locations. It’s also important to use Loctite® for rain chains longer than 10-feet in length. Loctite® is available at any hardware or home improvement store. This product will secure the nut but it will still be removable.
Yes, we recommend anchoring your rain chain to the ground. The end of the rain chain can be anchored in various ways, depending on your landscape setup (just be sure not to pull the rain chain down too tight, this could damage your rain chain and gutter).Standard length (8 to 8.5 ft) rain chains average between 5 to 9 lbs. depending on the style and length of the chain. They are compatible to be hung from most rain gutters. Installation kits are an excellent accessory to hang your rain chain and will bear more weight than a simple v-hook.
For cup style rain chains, simply remove the top wire connector that joins the cups together and take as many cups off as you need. There may or may not be a threaded nut outside the cup that you twist off. Some wires just pull out of the cup.We have rarely heard of any issues with wind. Due to the open design only a very strong wind will cause some swaying but it will be minimal and should not affect the function of the rain chain. Many of our customers place decorative pebbles or river rocks in their rain chain basins to help secure their rain chains. We also carry the Rain Chain Anchor Stake.4) We sell most rain chains by the foot; order to the nearest foot based on your measurement. If you need a custom size, please call our team at (877) 696-8889.Rain chains are a beautiful and functional alternative to your homes traditional downspouts. Unlike a downspout, rain chains allows you to watch the cascading water through the cups or links with the soothing sound of flowing water. Cup styles tend to offer more of a tinkling sound than the link styles. Link styles can be hung in a single strand of chain links or in multiples for a unique look.
What is the downside to a rain chain?
Less sturdy than downspouts – Rain chains cannot handle as much water as traditional downspouts. Areas with very heavy rain may even prove damaging to rain chains where a normal gutter spout would perform adequately. Rain chains may also not direct water away from the foundation well enough if not installed correctly.
Yes! All of our rain chains are ranked on a Water Flow Index. This is an easy way to compare how much water each of our rain chains can handle. “Splashing”, or water that escapes from the chain, is also an important factor. You’ll find the water flow index on each rain chain product.
No. Although rain chains work best when attached to a rain gutter they can also be used wherever the water flows off of your roof, awning, or shed. It is helpful when the water flow is concentrated into the rain chain to maximize the function of the rain chain. Without a gutter, water pours off the “valley” where two roofs join. If you don’t have guttering there, consider a corner leaderhead to catch the water and direct it onto a rain chain. A beautiful way to solve common drainage problems!
We offer the Rain Chain Anchor Stake which makes a great anchor. As an alternative, you can hang it to meet a rain barrel to collect the rainwater, or you can use a dish or copper basin. The basin or rain barrel options prevent the rain from hitting the ground directly, while the anchors will hold your rain chain in place and the water will hit the ground. Click here to view all of our rain chain accessories.The cup style concentrates the flow of water and during heavy rains will contain water more so than link styles. Both are functional and attractive with water flowing through them. Cup styles are easier to shorten or lengthen because the cups can easily be removed or added where the link style may require soldering.We’ve had customers and team members with copper against their aluminum gutters for almost 10 years now, with no noticeable corrosion or degradation at the point of contact. However, here a couple of ways to easily minimize contact:
If you want to try chemically aging the chains yourself, patina solutions are available at home improvement stores like Home Depot. It’s not as good, thick or rich as our commercial patinas, though! Please be aware that salt and/or chemicals are not good for your plants!
We do have many customers concerned about electrolysis between an aluminum gutter and brass or copper attachment pieces. For this to be a serious concern, there would need to be good contact between both raw metals.
3) Subtract for any object that might be placed under the rain chain (like a stone or basin), or for some space underneath. We think 6″ – 12″ looks great, but it’s all personal preference!Link style rain chains can handle a more limited amount of rainfall. In a downpour, some water will leave the chain and splash. Our best link style product is the Double Loops Rain Chain, which is available in several finishes and colors. Like a downspout the water flow from your rain chain can go directly into your drainage pipe or you can purchase a basin. The basin allows you to use the collected water for plants, flowers or other areas where water can be utilized. Another common problem in the winter months is high winds, especially if you live in a colder climate or in an exposed area. In very windy conditions, rain chains (despite their weight) can easily swing in a way more akin to rope. One way to prevent this is to secure the chain at the bottom as well as at the top using an attachment loop embedded either into the ground or fixed to the base of your water butt if you collect rainwater.’Given that rain chains are made from metal, they are particularly susceptible to freezing once the weather is cold enough in winter,’ explains Rachel Crow, garden editor for Homes & Gardens. ‘While this is often not too much cause for concern, a frozen rain chain can become too heavy for its support and tear down.
Chiana has been at Homes & Gardens for a year, having started her journey in interior journalism as part of the graduate program. She spends most of her time producing content for the Solved section of the website, helping readers get the most out of their homes through clever decluttering, cleaning, and tidying tips \u2013 many of which she tests and reviews herself in her home in Lancaster to ensure they will consistently deliver for her readers and dabbles in the latest design trends. She also has a first-class degree in Literature from Lancaster University.
A standard de-icer such as this liquid ice melt (also on Amazon) can be used on rain chains to help keep the ice build-up to a minimum over the winter months. This may need reapplying every few days or so but is often more convenient than trying to power heat tape. ‘If you do use de-icer to maintain your rain chain over winter make sure to discard any collected water,’ Rachel reminds, ‘de-icer is toxic and not suitable for drinking or watering plants.’
Many rain chains now come coated in a powder finish which offers special protection against corrosion, however, over the years, any chain may begin to lose its pristine appearance and have some slight signs of rust.
‘One of the best ways to prevent a rain chain from freezing is to take it down and put it in storage over winter,’ Rachel Crow suggests, ‘although if this is not possible for you, it may be worth considering de-icers or heat tape to protect your chain from frost.’
As the weather quickly drops below freezing in many parts of the world in winter, it is important to know what to look out for on a rain chain, or risk damaged roofs and broken chains come the summer.
Although set up for rain, winter can sometimes prove to be a difficult time for rain chains – especially if you live in a cold climate. Understanding what happens to rain chains in winter will help to mitigate serious problems before they arise.
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Rain chains can ‘clog’ in a unique way. While they do not get blocked with debris like a traditional gutter and downspout, the chain can be subject to a build-up of deposits from the minerals in rainwater. Because of this, it is advised to clean your rain chain at least once annually to maintain proper working order.
This downspout alternative is assembled by skilled artisans to provide long-term durability and stability. Artistic and functional in design, the rain chain is made of heavy-duty aluminum and is rust-resistant.’Instead, opt for a more plain-looking chain. While these are not as aesthetically pleasing to look at, large link chains, stainless steel chains, and cast iron chains are more able to withstand changing temperatures.’
Rain chains typically hold up very well in the winter months and can usually be used as they are in spring and summer with little intervention, especially in milder climates. Problems usually only arise in much colder climates where frosts, snow, and ice can quickly leave owners wondering why their rain chain is not working.
Whether or not rain chains rust is dependent on the type of material used to make it. Chains made from aluminum are the least susceptible to rust as the metal offers the most resistance to corrosion.Chiana has been at Homes & Gardens for a year, having started her journey in interior journalism as part of the graduate program. She spends most of her time producing content for the Solved section of the website, helping readers get the most out of their homes through clever decluttering, cleaning, and tidying tips – many of which she tests and reviews herself in her home in Lancaster to ensure they will consistently deliver for her readers and dabbles in the latest design trends. She also has a first-class degree in Literature from Lancaster University.
‘Avoid rain chains that are overly decorative, such as chains with cups and detailed designs,’ Rachel recommends. ‘These types of chains look beautiful in summer but they can quickly break or deform as ice forms and water expands.
Although the debate of whether rain chains are better than downspouts is contested, it is hard to deny that they make wonderful garden additions that can be used for both diverting water and collecting rainwater for use on plants and indoors.Heat tape such as this on Amazon is a protected cable that can be wound around pipes and rain chains and act as a radiator to prevent water from freezing. One downside to heat tape is the need for an electricity source which may prove difficult if your rain chain is in an awkward position on your house.That’s because they are cute ideas for transporting small amounts of rainwater from eavestroughs to water features or water-wise gardens. But unfortunately they just can’t cope with heavy rain and wind in a storm.The flashing, gutters and downspouts on Calgary homes combine to lead water from roofs to the ground, where storm water drainage leads it away. The walls and windows stay dry, and the foundations avoid water penetration. However, like a sports team they all need each other for the system to work. The impacts we have seen inclines us to say yes. You could still make an artificial rain chain of course, with water circulating down it with the help of a small pump. We for ourselves at Valiant Exteriors would never use rain chains instead of down pipes. That’s because it will just be our luck a storm breaks while we are out of town. That wind flings the water off the rain chain in a wide arc in an uncontrolled fashion. This can stain siding, gradually wash away foundations, and make the doors and windows dirty all over again.
Rain chains may replace down spouts and down pipes in Japan, where they are treasured for their cultural value and intrinsic beauty. They are becoming an innocent fad among some homeowners in Calgary, but they are no substitute for the real thing with our climate.
The eavestrough gutters bring the rain and melt under control, but they will soon fill up and over flow. The downspouts receive it, and carry it down in a controlled fashion. However, if they discharge at the bottom the force of the water could erode the foundations, perhaps leading to structural problems.The shoe at the bottom of the pipe breaks the force of the falling water, and directs it into the storm water drainage system. This could be an open ditch, an enclosed pipe, or gently sloping terrain leading away from the building.
The short answer is the rain and melt keep coming, and this accumulates on the ground. Rain chains may work reasonably well if they replace an existing downspout feeding into a storm water runoff. However, rain chains can’t control large amounts of water properly, especially if there is a wind blowing.This rain chain is a modern design that will accent almost any architecture. It comes with it’s own hanging hook and installation is easy. This chain is intricate and requires assembly at home. We do provide instructions and we have a video you can also reference. It is made of coated aluminum links woven together. 8’5″ in length.
The installation options will vary depending on the design and shape of the rain chain. We will provide a detailed instruction on how to install each type of rain chain.Rain chains are a traditional architectural feature enjoyed by watching rain water guided from the roof cascade down the chains. In Japan, it has been used in temples, shrines, and traditional Japanese architecture as a building material that express the emotional aesthetics of the four seasons.
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Some rain chains simply provide a path for water to follow. The links can be as plain or ornate as you’d like, such as basic oval links, twist loops, rectangular links, or Fleur-De-Lis designs. The most common colors include silver, gold, copper, oil-rubbed bronze, black, white, and copper patina. Most are made from lightweight aluminum or stainless steel with a powder-coated or copper-plated finish.Rain chains can be an attractive alternative to traditional downspouts. However, you may need to pair them with other measures, such as a rain barrel or French drain, to prevent soil erosion and foundation damage. Before installing rain chains, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons. Although rain chains can be a functional alternative to gutter downspouts, they do have their drawbacks and limitations. Here are a few things to consider as you compare these two options. Cup rain chains also come in various designs. The cups can be round, square, conical, scalloped, or even triangular. Often, they are patterned after nature or architecture from East Asia. The cups might be reminiscent of honeysuckle, calla lilies, koi, or a Japanese pagoda. However, you can also find geometric designs and kitschy shapes, such as umbrellas or watering cans.Rain chains will generally be more noticeable than downspouts—but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Most homeowners choose to paint their downspouts to match their home’s siding. Rain chains, however, typically have a black or metallic finish that will not blend in. Next, consider where the water will go. This step is especially important if you are replacing your downspouts with rain chains. Remember, rain chains will not direct water away from your home’s foundation the way downspouts do. As a result, you may need to set up a water collection or drainage system. The This Old House Reviews Team backs up our gutter guard recommendations with a detailed rating methodology to objectively score each gutter guard product and provider. We conduct research by reviewing product specifications and provider website information, speaking with customer representatives, and analyzing customer reviews. We then score each provider against our review standards for specifications, services, reputation, warranties and discounts, payment options, and customer service to arrive at a final score out of 100.
What is the point of a rain chain?
Rain chains help to direct water to rain barrels, landscaped beds, or other water features. It is critical to make sure the water flowing from the chain is flowing away from the foundation of your home; rain chains offer little benefit otherwise. Consider how water channeled with a rain chain will be used.
If you plan to use an anchoring dish, you should dig a hole where the dish will be. The hole should be a few inches wider than the dish and about 6 inches deep. Fill the hole with 3/4-inch drainage rock, and place a few river stones on top for aesthetics. Attach the top of the rain chain to your gutter and the bottom to the anchoring dish. Alternatively, you can place a rain barrel beneath the rain chain to collect water. Test the rain chain by spraying water onto your roof with a hose to simulate rain.Rain chains also double as a water feature. Rather than water pouring through a downspout, you will hear the soothing sound of water gently dripping down the chains or into the cups. Some rain chains are even designed to chime as they guide rainwater to the ground.Interspaced with their links, some rain chains feature small containers to collect rainwater. These rain chains can handle more water than their cupless counterparts and come in the same materials and finishes.Rain chains can be an effective and visually appealing addition to your gutter system. To help you decide if rain chains are a good idea for your home, the This Old House Reviews Team rounded up everything you need to know about this gutter downspout alternative. Below, we answer common questions about rain chains, including how they work, the types available, and how they compare to downspouts. Many homeowners are rethinking their traditional gutter systems. Those concerned with maintenance and longevity might install high-quality gutter guards, while those who hate the look of aluminum K-style gutters might upgrade to copper or hidden gutters. One increasingly popular option is to install rain chains instead of traditional downspouts. This is where an expert opinion can be helpful. Although you can replace your downspouts with rain chains rather easily, that might not be enough to ensure proper drainage. A professional gutter company can help with placement, installation, and any other steps necessary to protect your home from water damage.
Rain chains do not clog, so they are generally easier to maintain than gutter downspouts—especially if you invest in copper rain chains or an equally weatherproof material. If you attach them to your existing gutter system, you will still need to clean the gutters occasionally, but the rain chains themselves should require very little maintenance. While debris that makes its way into your rain gutters might eventually clog a downspout, rain chains should be unaffected.
In either case, you can use rain chains to increase the curb appeal of your home. Simply choose a design that complements the architectural style of your home and a finish that pairs well with your outdoor decor.
Affiliate Disclosure: This Old House may be compensated if you purchase through links on our website… Read More. Our Reviews Team is committed to delivering honest, objective, and independent reviews on home products and services.As long as they remain unclogged, downspouts will almost always perform better than rain chains. They have a higher capacity, and they channel water away from your home rather than simply guiding it toward the ground. As a result, they are better at preventing soil erosion and foundation damage.
Are rain chains noisy?
Rain chains sound much better than traditional downspouts. From the bell-like tinkle of drops falling from cup to cup, to the soft whitewater sound of a waterfall, rain chains eliminate the disruptive, clunky noise associated with closed downspouts.
The purpose of a rain chain is to help direct water safely from your roof to a drainage area or water collection system on the ground. Rain chains may be paired with an anchoring dish and drainage rocks, a French drain, or a rain barrel. They can also direct water into landscaped beds or a water feature.To install a rain chain, start by reading the manufacturer’s instructions. The attachment method and tools required may vary depending on the product you choose.
Rain chains, also known as kusari-doi, have been used in Japan for centuries to perform a function similar to downspouts. In fact, you can connect them to your eaves or gutters instead of downspouts. As water collects in your gutters, it will drain toward the rain chains and, thanks to surface tension, slide down the chain to the ground. The rain chains, like downspouts, can help direct the water to a safe drainage area, such as a water feature or landscaped garden bed.
Rain chains can work for heavy rain if they are paired with gutters and a water collection or drainage system, such as a rain barrel or French drain. Cup-style rain chains will work better for heavy rain than link-style rain chains.Link rain chains can be a good choice if your area does not often experience heavy rainfall. Although they can be decorative, they tend to be less conspicuous than cup-style rain chains. Of course, if your home features stone, brick, or wood-grain siding rather than the vinyl siding, traditional gutter downspouts will stick out anyway. In that case, rain chains might actually be less obtrusive. Rain chains often look and sound better than downspouts, and they generally require less maintenance. However, downspouts can handle heavy rain better and are better at preventing soil erosion and foundation damage. Rain chains can also be damaged or rendered ineffective by high winds. If you live in a windy area, install an anchoring dish to prevent your rain chains from blowing around. You can also connect your rain chains to a stake, heavy pot, or rain barrel. Rain chains can be an effective alternative, though. As long as your area does not experience heavy rainfall, you can use rain chains to preserve your landscaping. The water run-off from a gutter downspout could easily flood a garden bed, but rain chains slow the water flow considerably. If your area is prone to high precipitation, you can still use rain chains, but you may need to pair them with a French drain, rain barrel, or another drainage system.
However, you may need to keep an eye on rain chains during the winter. Ice can form along the rain chains and in the cups. Although the ice formations might look pretty, the weight of the ice could put stress on your eaves or gutters.If you decide on the DIY route, take the time to research and observe the best place to install your rain chains. This could be as simple as putting them wherever you currently have downspouts. You might also want to check the ground around your home for signs of gutter overflow, such as soil erosion, pooling water, or mulch displacement. Carefully placed rain chains could help alleviate these issues.
Rain chain installation is a relatively simple DIY project. Most rain chains come with a gutter adapter or installation kit that makes it easy to connect them to your existing gutter system. However, if you also need new gutters, it may be best to hire a professional to handle the gutter installation and rain chain placement. This option will cost more, but you will benefit from their expertise.
Unlike traditional downspouts, rain chains help slow the flow of water. This, in turn, can help reduce soil erosion. However, depending on the layout of your property, you may need to add other elements to ensure that water flows from your home’s foundation. For instance, you could install a rain barrel, French drain, or drip path to keep rainwater from oversaturating the ground near your home’s foundation.Are you searching for affordable and reliable rainware products to protect your home? At Alsco® Metals, we specialize in offering high-quality, low-maintenance aluminum products that will meet any homeowner’s safety and productivity standards.
Are rain chains practical?
First and foremost, rain chains are an excellent tool for rain collection. The rainwater can be routed down the rain chain and into a device, like a large barrel or water collection system. This enables you to conserve water, save money and protect the environment.
Whether you’re interested in rainwater collection or preventing rainwater buildup around your home, rain chains can be an effective tool. They are an aesthetically pleasing, thrifty alternative to closed downspouts and provide many benefits for homeowners. That said, there are a few disadvantages you should consider before purchasing them for your home.
Contact us today to locate a supplier in your area or speak with one of our customer service professionals for guidance or assistance on your next project! Manage rainfall by providing a stylish alternative to traditional gutter downspouts. Our modern rain chains are made from premium quality copper and brass, meaning they are built to last while adding a touch of class to your outdoor space. Our rain chains are easy to install and come with an installation kit that includes everything you need to set them up. While they can be installed by homeowners themselves, we recommend them to take appropriate safety precautions and seek professional assistance if needed.Our rain chains come in various cup and link shapes, from simple circles to intricate flowers and motifs. Our large (wide and bold) cup designs look beautiful and effectively guide rainwater down the chain’s length.
Should a rain chain touch the ground?
Yes, we recommend anchoring your rain chain to the ground. The end of the rain chain can be anchored in various ways, depending on your landscape setup (just be sure not to pull the rain chain down too tight, this could damage your rain chain and gutter).
Our rain chains are made of pure copper and brass, which can withstand harsh weather conditions and is resistant to rust and corrosion. Over time, our copper rain chains develop a beautiful natural patina that adds character and charm to your home. Copper and brass rain chains are popular for their durability, aesthetic appeal, and sustainability. So, when choosing a copper and brass rain chain, you’re investing in your home’s aesthetic appeal and functionality.Rain chains can be used on flat or low-pitched roofs, but it’s important to ensure that the chain is installed correctly to prevent water pooling on your roof.
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Installing a rain chain is relatively easy and typically requires only a few basic tools, such as a screwdriver and a ladder. Also, our rain chains come with all the necessary installation instructions to help make the process as easy as possible.Cup rain chains and link rain chains are two popular styles. Cup rain chains use a series of cups to direct water down the chain, while link rain chains use interlocking links. Cup rain chains are best for heavier rainfalls, while link chains are better suited to lighter rains.Our rain chains are made from 20-gauge premium quality copper, which means they come with unparalleled strength and durability to withstand any weather. Copper is naturally resistant to corrosion and rust, making it an ideal material for outdoor use.Rain chains are just as effective as traditional downspouts in managing water runoff and, in some cases, can be even more efficient. The chains’ cups or links help slow the water flow, allowing it to disperse more evenly over a larger area.
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The first step in installing a rain chain is finding the correct location that provides the functional benefit and aesthetic look intended. If gutters exist, the ideal locations may include places in the gutter system that leak or in place of an existing downspout. If the home does not have a gutter system, watch the roofline during a rain event, and identify areas where the water is naturally concentrating, often this is an eave where roof lines come together, such as a corner of the home. Further inspection of the ground beneath the roof dripline may indicate areas of soil loss. Locating a rain chain in these areas may assist in reducing rainfall energy, as previously mentioned. Rain chains are a tool for water management for on the spot water management versus trying to redirect the water to a new section of the roof.
Rain chains work using surface tension. They are connected to gutters, or eaves, usually where a downspout is traditionally placed. As rainwater collects in the gutters and begins to drain, it naturally follows the path of least resistance and follows the chain down to the ground. During this process, water is slowed down, reducing associated energy and thus reducing soil loss and erosion. If soil loss is a concern, consider cupped chains, which will reduce the amount of splashback. Plain chains or loop chains will splash more as less surface area exists to slow the water down.
When selecting a rain chain, consider the cost and effort associated with diverse options. If the intention is to make the rain chain a focal point, associated time and money will be more than if the rain chain is purely functional. A rain chain that is a statement piece can be purchased or constructed but will require more resources than one that is less conspicuous.
The rain chain may not be the answer to all your water management problems, but when used with other rainwater harvesting and best management practices, it has the potential to help reduce erosion, conserve water and add an aesthetically pleasing feature to your home.
Rain chains work similarly to a downspout, both direct water away from the roof to the desired location. Rain chains help to direct water to rain barrels, landscaped beds, or other water features. It is critical to make sure the water flowing from the chain is flowing away from the foundation of your home; rain chains offer little benefit otherwise. Consider how water channeled with a rain chain will be used. Common best practices include incorporating rain chains into a water feature or using them to direct water into a rain barrel. Water collected in rain barrels can then be used for non-potable water uses such as irrigation of landscaped beds or to fill a birdbath.There are many different types of metals available. Rain chains made of aluminum are lightweight and can be used in protected areas with little wind. Galvanized steel is a heavier rain chain; the associated durability makes for a good selection in areas of high winds.
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