Rain Chains – The artistic downspout

copperbells3124_largeYour home is your sanctuary. It’s where you can relax, be yourself, and have things exactly how you want them. And if your a gardener, this is especially true for your outdoor areas including the exterior of your home.

Though most of us don’t give a second though to the downspouts that channel water away from our gutters, they do add to the overall look of a structure. Downspouts can enhance the clean lines of a home’s exterior or distract the eye because they are old or have been damaged. And believe it or not, downspouts can tie into landscaped areas, acting as a transition between greenery and building.

This is especially true when it comes to rain chains. More and more homeowners are being inspired by the creativity that rain chains allow them when designing their outdoor spaces.

Picture this: a honeybee copper rain chain spilling water into a shallow copper basin, from which the bees that frequent your flower beds come to drink on a hot summer day. Surrounding the basin you have planted vibrant carpet thyme and perhaps some alyssum.

Rain chains come in many different styles, from traditional copper links to cups, butterflies, umbrellas, flowers and more. And while some are more functional than others, there is certainly something to appeal to every style and water flow requirement.

While it’s not recommended that rain chains be used to replace every downspout on a building, they can be used to enhance the look and feel of certain areas like front entrances or at either end of a deck or patio.

Rain chains have a wide price range and can be ordered in any length needed. At Vancouver Island Gutter we source our rain chains through Rain Chains Canada, a Vancouver Island company that supplies top quality, hand crafted products made from copper, aluminum, stainless steel and brass.

Check out our selection of Rain Chains and give our office a call to discuss ordering and installation.

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