A rain chain is an alternative to the downspout component in a traditional rain gutter system. Rain chains are typically a series of metal cups, with a hole in the bottom of each, or chain links that span vertically, funneling water from a rain gutter to either a collection system or to the ground. Rain chains can be constructed from a variety of materials including aluminum, brass, copper and plastic. The most commonly used material, though, is copper which will naturally develop a vivid green patina over time from rain water and the elements.
Different styles of rain chains are available to suit the design of the given structure. Rain chains are typically affixed below a hole in a gutter to allow the water to be channeled to the chain below.
- Channels water away from basements, walks and patios.
- Keeps the outside of your home or structure clean by preventing mud and sand from splashing up onto siding and windows.
- Protects the color of brick and concrete. No drip lines or discoloring.
- Protects concrete slabs from sinking and cracking.
- Provides an aesthetically different alternative to traditional gutter downspouts.
- Preserves stained wood decks, doors and garage doors from splash-ups.
- Stops landscape erosion.
- Due to otheir wonderful sound or “ch’i” they provide a positive energy flow for Feng Shui.
Originating in Japan and called "Kusari Doi," rain chains are presently used as an alternative to household rain gutters and pipes. The history of these wonderful rain chains date back hundreds of years, where Japanese households and temples would utilize them for collecting water and saving it for later use. Even today, rain chains are being utilized in households for the same purpose, making these ornate items functional for both your home and landscape.