1. The practice of using rain chains originated in Japan hundreds of years ago as a way to collect rainwater for later use. Today they serve as ornamental alternatives to conventional downspouts.
2. Often inspired by Asian artistry, rain chains enhance the atmosphere around your home with their attractive designs and delightful sounds.
3. Copper is the most common material used to make rain chains. Copper's natural resistance to rot, rust, and corrosion enable it to withstand moisture and years of outdoor exposure.
4. Copper rain chains will age naturally to a beautiful verdigris finish (green patina). Some rain chains are made with a blue-green finish that mimics years of seasoned use.
5. Cup rain chains create an enchanting waterfall effect as water flows through them. You can watch the water gather and spill over each cup, making soft sounds as it goes.
6. Link rain chains are the closest in design to historic rain chains. Because they tend to splash, it's best to place ring rain chains away from doors, windows, and walkways.
7. Hybrid rain chains give you the best of both worlds: links to keep the water flowing and cups to add aesthetic appeal to your outdoor decor.
8. If you're concerned about water gathering near your home's foundation, then add a rain chain basin below your rain chain to catch falling water. Use the saved water on your plants.
9. Gutter clips and rain chain hangers make installation quick and easy. Simply squeeze a hanger or clip into your gutter hole and hang the chain from the hook below.
10. Rain chain leaders funnel water efficiently from your gutter to the chain. By focusing the water down the chain, rain chain leaders allow you to harvest more water or direct it away from your home.