Making rainwater run-off look elegant is a fine skill that requires some innovative minds. Well, that is certainly what has been done with rain chains. There are ways of making those old ugly gutter downspouts look much more appealing and have an element of aesthetic appeal that you might never think about. In addition to how nice these look, there is also an audible element that they add that no simple downspout could ever produce.
If you’ve never seen the rain chain varieties that are available, you’ll be shocked. The classic style originated with the interlocking rings. You can see them in the picture here. They are the simplest in design and can even be made using a variety of household appliances. But, if you are truly looking for a great looking one, getting them in copper is the way to go. With time, copper rain chains, will develop a nice patina and will add another aesthetic element to your home. These look great outside a home near a patio, for added dramatic effect and ‘white noise’ on those comfortable rainy days.
Additional styles of rain chains include cups, bowls and flower shapes. Most of these are also made with copper. While they could be made with other metal materials, like bronze, copper is lighter in weight and also develops a nice patina like bronze. Thin-gauged steel would work as far as weight and workability, but it would rust over time. Initially, this could give a nice rustic look to your rain chains, but over time, it would need to be replaced.
The origins of these marvels dates back centuries. They are widely known to be first made in Japan where many simple, yet elegant designs come from. In fact, in principles of the placement of objects and orientation of home designs known as Feng Shui utilizes flowing water and sound as part of the treatment for certain issues regarding the flow of energy in one’s home. Outdoor patio spaces can benefit just the same from these ancient principles of alignment and orientation.
A covered patio acts much like an enclosed room and can lend itself to the same benefits of having good Feng Shui design. Whether your tastes are more simple and basic or you prefer more eccentric designs, you can find rain chain design that suits your needs. There are ways to incorporate these design ideas into your home that can work well with other specific outdoor features. One of these is with the seamless gutter. A seamless gutter system is another way to enhance the look of your home with one clean line of gutter. It is also more functional because there are less joints – possibly none – to leak. At the ends, a downspout is still necessary. Special rain chain gutter pieces are necessary to
accomplish this, but it isn’t a difficult installation. You can get a seamless copper gutter and match this with a copper rain chain for a really complementary and nice look.
Rain Chain Pricing
There are some disparities when it comes to pricing of these pieces of functional art. If you are shopping online, you will find that the pricing falls somewhere between $100 to $125 USD for 8’ of the simple styles and $150 to $300 USD for an 8’ length of the more intricate or involved styles, like the cup and flower shaped designs. As a general rule of thumb, you can plan to spend around $15 USD per foot of rain chain for the basic styles and several hundred per length for the more artistic versions.