Rain chains are a fantastic addition to any home or anywhere a gutter system and downspouts are needed. Here are a few of the top reasons to buy a rain chain now:
And if that is not enough, then don't take our word for it, listen to what our customers have to say.
Rain chains are not only for downspout replacement. They can also be a unique, tranquil addition to any garden setting. The Japanese had several uses for rain chains. They used them to accent architecture, garden decor and temples. They also used these chains to direct water away from their roofs, and collected this water for later household usage—they were “Green” before the term got popular.
Various types of collection bins can also be used for water collection. Rain barrels have also become popular to pair with rain chains as well. Collecting containers are made of a variety of materials including plastic, metal, stone, ceramic, and wooden-type materials. Another good idea is to hang rain chains in an area where there are potted plants or other foliage that could benefit from the rain chains. Rain chains do not have to be solely hung from gutters. They can also be hung from trees or used in conjunction with fountains or water wells. They are also becoming increasingly popular for usage on houses without benefit of traditional gutters. More and more ingenious ideas are springing from the simple concept of rain chains and we encourage our customers to share their creative ideas that they have used for their rain chains.
Rain chains have gained so much popularity over recent years. More and more people are realizing how functional and beautiful rain chains can be. Rain chains or Kusari doi in Japanese, have been around for hundreds of years. The Japanese have used their roofs in conjunction with rain chains for means of water collection for years. They, in turn, use this rainwater for many household purposes. There are many Japanese churches and buildings that use a very large type of rain chains for decoration. Rain chains on churches and cathedrals are becoming more and more popular. The link-stye chain is more like the original Japanese chains than the cup-style chains, although many prefer the cup-style chains for various reasons. The cup-style chains seem to have less spoashage than the link-type, although both types have the potential for some splashage if the rainfall is heavy enough. Many customers have had success with the gutter reducer, which acts like a funnel to help direct the water down through the chain. Many people like to use rain barrels or other types of receptacles to compliment their rain chains. Some worry that wind may cause their chains to blow around, but usually this is not a problem. If this is a concern, tent-like stakes can be used or even fishing wire can help to stabilize the chain. Having the chain hang into a receptacle with rocks around the bottom of the chain can also help to anchor the rain chain. Rain chains can also be used on roofs without the benefit of gutters. As long as there is an area on a roof where water streams down, a rain chain can be used successfully.
As I have stated in previous blogs, I have a partial chain hanging from one of my trees. I also have chain hanging on a shepherd’s hook in my garden. Rain chains add so much charm and personality to any garden, from the sight of the rain water cascading down through the chain to the delightful, peaceful sound of rushing water going from cup to cup. They are quite easy to attach to the gutter with each chain having its own attachment piece. Most chains can be shortened or lengthened by means of pliars. The hammered cup and the double loop chain, both, need to be cut and soldered for shortening or lengthening the chain.
All our rain chains are 100% copper and over time, and dependent upon different weather conditions, can form a lovely patina to be enjoyed for a very long time to come.