fbpx

People All Over the World – Join In! Buy a Rain Chain!

For most homeowners, gutters are an integral part of their home maintenance system. That’s because they collect the water that runs off the roof during rain events so as to prevent it from falling directly to the ground below, which can cause a host of problems over time. Similarly, downspouts are an important part of a guttering system because it directs gutter water to a drain, into a rain barrel, or away from the home’s foundation.

But some people don’t like downspouts because they are unsightly, cumbersome, or noisy. If you’re one of these homeowners, there is an alternative which may be more to your liking: rain chains.

What’s A Rain Chain, Anyway?

A rain chain is a series of similar objects that are attached by a wire that is hung vertically from a downspout opening. The idea is for runoff water to trickle down the “links” of the rain chain instead of flowing through an enclosed downspout pipe.

People all over the world - Join in! Buy a rain chain!
A link-style rain chain.

Rain chains have actually been around for hundreds of years. Japanese individuals have used rain chains (or what they callkusari doi, which means “chain gutter”) to help guide roof runoff water into a barrel or other container for household use. This allowed the Japanese to harvest precious rainwater like many cultures have been doing for thousands of years. In fact, Japanese temples are often found with large elaborate and ornate rain chains as part of their overall design.

Rain Chain Styles

Multiple styles of rain chains are used today. The most basic type is the “link” style chains, which resemble a standard link chain hanging from the underside of the home. Another style is the “cup” design, which involves many deep concave objects that catch the water, which is then permitted to drain into the “cup” below it through a small opening in the bottom of each object. The final type, the “funnel” design, operates similarly to cup designs but incorporates objects that are shaped more like traditional funnels. Most rain chains are made from copper or aluminum and are held together by a brass wire.

Based on these three types, a wide variety of attractive styles of rain chains is available. Certainly, some try to resemble the Japanese rain chains of centuries gone by. Others are constructed in more of a typical garden motif with designs such as leaves, flowers, and other flora. Many others aim for more angular pieces like square-shaped cups or diamond funnels. Some rain chains are even shaped like koi, baskets, or watering cans.

People all over the world - Join in! Buy a rain chain!
A cup style rain chain.

Why Rain Chains are Preferred

It’s easy to see why some homeowners prefer rain chains to generic downspouts. For one thing, it’s much easier to choose a rain chain to match your yard decor than it is to work a dull downspout into any type of design. Rain chains are also chosen because of the sounds they generate. While water flowing through a downspout can create an annoying, reverberating noise; a more relaxing “trickle” effect can be achieved using a rain chain.

Most rain chains can easily be supported by traditional gutters and are rarely affected by elements such as ice or wind. Most of the cups or funnels rain chains can adequately handle normal rain events, though there may be some splashing during heavy storms. Finally, rain barrels or drains are recommended in conjunction with rain chains unless the ground slopes steeply away from the home; otherwise, the trickling water will end up deposited near the foundation as it would if there were no rain chain or downspout.

Will You Be the Next Rain Chain Owner?

There are plenty of both brick-and-mortar and online stores where rain chains can be purchased. Just be sure to measure your downspout openings properly and install the rain chains correctly in order to achieve optimum results. To paraphrase the popular O’Jays tune, perhaps you can respond to the musical query “People around the world – join in! Buy a rain chain! (Rain chain!)”

People all over the world - Join in! Buy a rain chain!
Everybody sing!

 Written by Del Thebaud

Black Friday Sale
Free Gutter Cleaning & Re-Alignment
Buy Now, Pay Later† | Save Additional 18% Off | 0% Interest OR Monthly Payment Options to Fit Any Budget† | Hurry, Sales End 12/31/22
*By clicking below, I’m interested in having your products installed on my home and would like to learn more about Gutter Helmet by Harry Helmet products and sales in the future - I understand you use an autodialing phone and text system and my consent is not required to obtain a free estimate - I can call 888-543-5638 instead.

REVIEWS

135,000 HAPPY CUSTOMERS & COUNTING

I recently had the Gutter Helmet by Harry Helmet installed on my house. It not only looks amazing, but the guys arrived on time, were professional and efficiently got the job done. I am very satisfied with Gutter Helmet's attention to detail and fulfilling their work as promised. I will definitely tell my neighbors about the Gutter Helmet.
StarStarStarStarStar
I have had Gutter Helmets for 20 years. In all that time I've never had a problem until recently a bird's nest found its way into one of my gutters. The installer who came to replace the product was the same installer from 20 years earlier. Now that's impressive. Everyone at Gutter Helmet inclusive of the office staff were professional and a pleasure to work with.
StarStarStarStarStar
Gutter Helmet by Harry Helmet just replaced our roof and we could not be more satisfied. The crew showed up early, worked all day and stayed late, were professional and caring regarding the project and the surrounding impact it had on our property and home. They completed the roof quickly and it looks simply amazing!
StarStarStarStarStar
VERY happy with our entire experience adding Gutter Helmet by Harry Helmet to our house. Installing this was a great value for us. The gutters are working perfectly in heavy downpours and with year-long leaves and debris coming down from our river birches. Terrific customer service and a first class product.
StarStarStarStarStar
We needed our roof repaired due to wind damage. After several quotes, Gutter Helmet was the only company that went into our attic to look and see if more damage had occurred. If it wasn't for them taking the extra time to look at everything, we would have had rotting wood under our new roof. They were very professional and gave a fair quote.
StarStarStarStarStar
We just had Gutter Helmet installed on our gutters and couldn't be happier. They provided us with useful information about Gutter Helmet and cleaned up everything, leaving no mess behind. We definitely recommend Gutter Helmet to anyone considering this product.
StarStarStarStarStar

Black Friday Day Sale - Free Gutter Cleaning & Re-Alignment

We work hard with each manufacturer to offer our customers the best promotions monthly.

Find a Location

Serving a Location Near You

Careers

Join the Harry Helmet Family

We're seeking fun, outgoing, and confident individuals who enjoy winning to join our team. Harry Helmet is an equal opportunity employer and we operate a safety first & drug-free workplace focused on employee safety. Great pay and benefits, apply today!