Replace Your Gutter Downspouts with Rain Chains

Replace Your Gutter Downspouts with Rain Chains

Is a Rain Chain Right For Your Home?

Let’s face it…gutter downspouts are downright ugly. You can pretend they’re not there, or you can remove your gutter downspouts and replace them with rain chains, which are a nicer alternative.

It’s going to rain and with rain there’s water.  Unfortunately, there’s no way around it; we need some way of directing the rain that falls from our roof, away from the foundation to prevent water damage to the house. Rain chains are a beautiful alternative to gutter downspouts.

Rain Chains
Rain Chains in the wintertime turn into ice sculptures

Want to add curb appeal to your home at the same time you’re taking care of that water problem, install rain chains. Not only do they add a bit of artistic glamour to your home, they create therapeutic white noise, reduce soil erosion and prevent damage to your home’s foundation. When the temperatures drop, rain will turn your chain into an ice sculpture-just beautiful. Best of all, if you get bored with one rain chain, you can easily swap it out for a new one.

If you’re not familiar with rain chains, they are simply lengths of chain or multiple chains that move water from your gutters to the ground. They take the place of downspouts, which can become clogged with leaves or other debris. Unlike gutter downspouts, both link and cup style chains break the flow of water as it is guided to the ground so that the impact is lessened.

Get creative with your water holder

To catch the water as it runs down the chain, put a barrel, a ceramic or stoneware pot or any number of things beneath the chain which fills with water.  When it rains, the water drips from the chain into the pot, creating a beautiful display and soothing sounds.

Rain chains don’t need to be hidden because they are made to be seen. They come in a variety of forms so you can keep it simple with just a chain or you can get creative.

So, rain chains ultimately not only fulfill the same functions of the conventional gutter downspout, but they also have the added benefit of accenting the overall look of your home.