As opposed to a traditional gutter downspout, you can use a rain chain instead. The value in this is the beauty that is created on top of the normal functionality of keeping water away from the home. Here's what you should know about copper rain chains and how to use them:
- History: Rain chains date back many years to the use of the Japanese. The rain chains would be used on the roofs of homes to collect water in a beautiful way and to make use of that water for the home. You can do this, as well by keeping a large basin underneath the rain chains and using the collected water for later use when watering the lawn or even washing the car. This is definitely more economical.
- Beauty: If you are someone who enjoys listening to the rain, rain chains can be great because they collect the rain water and it looks beautiful and creates a waterfall like sound that is enjoyable and relaxing to listen to. You can also add a beautiful basin to the bottom that is filled with pebbles and when the rain water collects here, it can grow moss, which is pretty to look at all year round or you can even add plants that can benefit from the large amount of rain water collected here.
- Many Styles: When looking for rain chains, you are going to want to choose one that matches the style you are looking for. Copper is a great option because it can match the decor of any home and has a more natural appearance. However, there is also aluminum and brass to choose from, as well. Many times, the cups that capture the rain water that are attached to the chains appear to look like flowers, which is beautiful to keep hung up all year round.
- Improved Design: Finally, you can expect an improved design for how rain chains used to be designed years ago. Rain chains nowadays are the most effective at collecting water so that you don't have to worry about the water splashing out or falling anywhere except for away from your home so that no water damage can be caused.
When you know how to use rain chains and what purpose they serve, you can now see that there are more options aside from regular gutter downspouts so that you have more options for creating an outside appearance of your home that you are happy with.