Rain chains may not be something that most homeowners are familiar with, but they can be a great addition to any home. Rain chains were originally developed in Japan and are both decorative and functional. Rain chains are attached to a home's gutters or to it's eaves. They move the water from the roof and onto the ground. The water falls gently through a rain chain, which can help reduce soil erosion at the base of the home. Here are three reasons to consider adding rain chains to the home.
For those who find downspouts unattractive and are looking for an alternative, rain chains may be the right choice. Rain chains do the same thing as downspouts but many consider them to be more aesthetically pleasing than downspouts. There are a variety of styles to choose from including rain chains that have chain links or ones that have cups interspersed throughout the chain. They are attached to the gutter and anchored with a weight of some sort or even a decorative bowl.
Another reason to consider rain chains is that they are available at a various price points. An inexpensive rain chain can cost as little as $15 while high quality rain chains typically cost between $200 and $700. Rain chains are typically made of painted steel, aluminum, copper, brass, or stainless steel. Copper rain chains and stainless steel rain chains are typically higher quality and can last for a long time. Copper has the added benefit of turning a beautiful green color with age. Rain chains can also be used instead of downspouts in a few select locations. They look great in areas near a home's garden.
Rain chains are also attractive in a variety of ways. Rain chains look more like art rather than a method for dealing with rainwater. The styles range from simple to ornate. Rain chains also work well with various types of architecture and can be a beautiful addition to any home. Whenever it rains, rain chains can look like miniature waterfalls with the rainwater cascading down.They also have a distinct audible sound that many homeowners find very relaxing. Rain chains can also work in any climate and even look nice when frozen during the winter season.
Rain chains may not be on many homeowners radars, but they can be a great way to deal with rain runoff from the roof. They are an attractive alternative to downspouts. They are affordable and available at a variety of price points. Rain chains are also aesthetically pleasing and can be works of art.