Your gutters catch water that flows off the roof and then directs that water to a downspout which drains the water from the gutter to the ground in a specific location. Instead of a downspout, however, you can also use also rain chains!
Rain chains have been around for hundreds of years. They were first invented and used in Japan. Instead of being concealed inside a downspout, the water that is drained from the gutters is visible as it flows down the chain in a tranquil, mesmerizing stream. It’s almost therapeutic to watch! They are attractive, decorative additions to your home when it isn’t raining as well. It adds curb appeal and value to your home.
There are generally two main types of rain chains. Link chains, and cup or bucket chains. Bucket/Cup styles typically catch the most water. This type consists of a series of decorative cups with open bottoms linked together on a chain. The water runs down the chain, but the cup helps catch extra water that sometimes splashes off the chain loops. The cups can come in many varieties and styles to fit the ambiance of your home. Link rain chains are basically the same thing, but without the cups. They are a chain of loops that link together. They can vary in size, material, and shape. Link styles can handle a fair amount of water, but in a heavy downpour, some of the water may splash off to the sides. A double-loop chain will catch more water than a single loop chain.
Most people get rain chains in copper. It’s a durable, attractive material. Over time, copper oxidizes and forms a coating known as a patina. The patina can be green or brown in color, and actually helps prevent corrosion. It gives the metal an antique, stately look. Other popular materials used for rain chains are brass and aluminum. Aluminum tends to keep its silver color, while brass ages and becomes a bit darker over time, making it richer and more bronzy.
At Prestigious Raingutters, we have over 25 years of experience with rain chains in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. We can expertly install your chain so that it drains properly, stays in place, and won’t cause damage to your home or existing gutters. We are fully licensed and insured. Call us for a free, no-pressure estimate in LA or the Valley. 1-800-993-1193