A rain chain is formed by links or cups linked together intended to slow the speed of rainwater as it flows down the chain. A perfect blend of functionality and beauty, replacing downspouts with rain chains have increased in popularity over the last two decades. Like a downspout, a rain chain channels water from the roof to the ground. But it doesn’t look as pretty. Simply put, downpipes don’t have the same visual appeal as rain chains. Here are seven reasons homeowners choose rain chains for their home’s exterior.
1. Aesthetically Pleasing
One of the essential differences between rain chains and downspouts are rain chains are meant to be noticed while downspouts are specifically designed to blend into the front of the house. There are a lot more style, design, material, and colour options. A rain chain can be as simple or ornate as you want it to be.
Choose classic links-and-circles for a more traditional style home. Select themed rain chains for a touch of vintage, whimsy, or rustic. Rain chains made of copper, brass, or brushed steel complement other landscaping elements such as a brick retaining wall, wind chimes, and a stone birdbath.
2. Increases Curb Appeal
Rain chains carefully chosen to enhance a home’s exterior boost curb appeal and add a unique element to your property.
3. Budget-Friendly Alternative
Rain chains are relatively inexpensive. Depending on the material, shape, and size of a downspout, a rain chain can cost half of the price of new downpipes.
4. Easy to Install
Each rain chain that you purchase typically comes with an installation kit and accompanying instructions. If the package includes only the rain chain, installation kits can be purchased separately at big box or home improvement stores. While they are relatively easy to install, the installation needs to be carefully planned and properly executed in order to protect your home from water damage.
5. Clog Resistant
A gutter system can easily become clogged with leaves, nests, twig, pine cone, etc. When debris builds up, it can lead to overflowing gutters and clogged downspouts. Since rain chains are designed to allow water to flow over rather than through them, they are less like to be clogged up with dirt and debris.
6. Pleasant Soundtrack
Rainwater flowing down a rain chain produces soothing sounds. Many healthcare professionals view the sound of moving water such as a stream, a waterfall (in nature), or a water feature (in a backyard) as relaxing white noise. Listening to rain chain music can have a positive effect on our mood, increasing our sense of well-being.
7. Decorative Landscaping Element
As part of the curb appeal quotient, themed rain chains add whimsy and charm to your landscaping. Homeowners often incorporate the rain chain into a rock garden, shallow pond, or flower bed to create a focal point.