A Bit About Our Products:
Our copper rain chains are 100% solid copper--not the copper coated varieties you will find at some competing sellers. Moreover, they are made of heavy gauge copper - a quality you simply won't find at chains selling at our prices. Our products are asked for by name by many builders and designers. We aim to provide the discriminating customer with a choice selection of high quality, contemporary styles - all at very reasonable prices.
Our products have been featured in Architectural Digest, HGTV, Fine Gardening Magazine, The New York Times, and Better Homes and Gardens. We focus on a smaller number of high-quality contemporary and classic designs to complement almost any architecture. All of our chains come in a standard length of 8.5 feet including a top hook to hang from any gutter. Although they come in standard lengths, all of our styles can be extended or shortened as needed (please contact us for details, as the method varies by style).
Installation is a breeze. In most cases it can be done without any tools, save for taking down your old downspout. Each of our styles comes with it's own hanging hook to hang into virtually any gutter system. We also carry a Gutter Installer (sold separately) which allows for a more robust installation in terms of looks and function. Either way, most styles can be installed on a standard gutter within 5 minutes! If you are looking for a longer length than the standard 8.5' we sell, then extending (or shortening) all of our styles is relatively easy. For a basic tutorial on how to do this, please see our guide: How To Lengthen and Shorten Chains.
We also have a growing network of contractors who install our products around the United States, so if you feel you need assistance with your rain chain installation then drop us a line (email or call us) and we will try to find a contractor in your area to help you out. And if you have any questions at all about either installing your chain or a unique situation you are not sure about, please let us know, as we love solving problems for our customers.
Rain Chain Origins and Current Usage
Rain chains originated in Japan, where they have been in use on houses and temples for hundreds of years. In Japanese they are referred to as "kusari doi" 鎖樋, which literally means "chain gutter." Although they have been used and adapted as downspout alternatives in various ways in the United States for years, it is only the last decade that has seen trend in use rise sharply. A rain chain is a popular substitute for a downspout because it adds a pleasing visual element above and beyond simple functionality.
Today rain chains are being used on all types of architecture. The dual aesthetic and function of the chains allow for them to be placed where needed for runoff evacuation without having to hide the structures, which is a common problem with conventional downspouts.
In addition, with copper styles, the material will also gain a beautiful patina over time. They are a “new classic” and offer a distinct and contemporary accent to virtually any home. They look infinitely better than a conventional downspout and offer a unique accent to virtually any architecture.