Rain chains are a beautiful and functional addition to any home. They offer numerous practical and aesthetic benefits and can be a great alternative to traditional downspouts.
What is a rain chain?
Rain chains originated in Japan. They’ve been used there for literally centuries. Simply put, it is a series of decorative cups or bowls, all connected to one another. A hole at the bottom of each cup allows rainwater to pass from one cup to the next. The chain is attached to the end of the gutter and essentially functions like a downspout.
Rain chains can be quite simple in style or truly be works of art. Some even include bells or other devices that can enhance the sound of the rain as it makes its way down the chain. For some homeowners, the more ornate the chain, the better, while others tend towards something more traditional. Your choice largely depends on the style of your home.
Benefits Rain Chains
One of the main benefits is their ability to help manage water flow and drainage. Traditional downspouts can often become clogged with leaves and other debris, leading to water buildup and potential damage to your home’s foundation due to leaks and floods. Rain chains, on the other hand, allow water to flow more freely and naturally. This helps to prevent clogs and potential flooding.
In addition to improving drainage, they can also add a decorative touch to your home’s exterior. With various designs and materials from which to choose, rain chains can be a unique and attractive feature that enhances the overall look of your house. Whether you opt for a traditional copper chain or a more modern glass or stainless-steel design, these chains can add a touch of personality and charm to your home and make it stand out.
Rain chains can also be an eco-friendlier option than traditional downspouts. Directing water away from your home and into the ground can help prevent soil erosion and protect your landscaping. This can be especially beneficial in areas prone to heavy rainfall or frequent storms.
In addition to their functional and aesthetic benefits, rain chains can be cost-effective for many homeowners. Traditional downspouts can be expensive to install and maintain. Rain chains are generally easier and cheaper to install. They also require minimal maintenance. In addition, they can save you money on your water bill by directing rainwater to your garden or landscaping, reducing your need for irrigation. You’ll likely see your water bills decrease.
Installing Rain Chains
Installing rain chains is a relatively simple process and can usually be done in a few hours. It typically involves attaching a base cup to the gutter and the chain to the base cup. Some come with instructions and all the necessary hardware for installation, while others may require additional materials. Of course, you’ll need the correct tools to handle the job.
It’s important to note, however, that rain chains may not be suitable for every home or location. In areas with heavy snowfall, they may not be able to handle the weight and may need to be removed during the winter months. They may also not be suitable for homes with large roofs or heavy downpours, as they may not be able to handle the volume of water. In these cases, traditional downspouts may be the more practical option.
Let us help!
At Advantage Gutters, we can explore your home’s exterior and determine whether or not rain chains might be the right choice for your house. Our experts are familiar with the needs of homeowners in the Greater Vancouver area and can help you decide whether replacing your traditional downspouts with a rain chain is wise.
Once you’ve decided, our expert installers can get the job done quickly and efficiently. We know the ins and outs of everything gutter-related and are eager to help you make a selection that’s right for your home.
For more information about rain chains or any of our other products or services, call Advantage Gutters at 604-514-9886.