Copper Rain Chains Buying Guide
A rain chain is a series of metal links or cups that attach to your gutter system and funnel rainwater to the ground. They are an aesthetic alternative to traditional gutter downspouts. Rain chains come in many different styles and materials. Some are made of metal, others of stone, and still others of plastic.
Copper is the most popular of all the outdoor decor materials rain chains can be made of. This is because copper rain chains are both beautiful and durable. They develop a rich patina finish over time, which many people find adds character and charm to their home. Copper rain chains are also easy to install and do not corrode.
If you're thinking of purchasing a copper rain chain, our guide will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.
Copper Rain Chain Types
Link Style Rain Chains
Link-style rain chains are made of individual metal links that hang down from your gutter. They are the most standard rain chain type and are easy to install.
- The Infinity Link Rain Chain combines the beauty of copper with the functionality of a rain chain. The pure copper links are gracefully curved to provide a sleek path for water to follow, while the patina process adds a unique, complimentary effect to any outdoor space. The 8.5 ft. rain chain comes with a free installation clip for an easy install.
- The Links and Loop Rain Chain is a beautiful, simple design that is handcrafted from pure solid copper. It will develop a rich, beautiful patina finish over time and is 8 ft. long. This link rain chain comes with an installation clip for a clean, easy installation.
Loop Style Rain Chains
The loop style rain chain comprises a series of interconnected loops that allow water to flow freely down to the ground. This style is simple, elegant, and easy to install.
- The Double Loop Rain Chain is a beautiful and unique addition to any home. Made of pure, thick copper, it will age beautifully over time and be appreciated for years to come. 8.5 ft. long with each ring having a diameter of 2", it's the perfect way to enhance your home's curb appeal.
- The Large Circle Loop Rain Chain is the perfect addition to your home. This chain is made of copper and will develop a beautiful patina finish that can be enjoyed for years to come. The large rings have a diameter of 3," and the small rings have a diameter of 1 1/4". This rain chain is 8 1/2 ft. long and comes with an installation clip that is easy and fast to install.
- The Twist Loop Rain Chain provides a stunning spiral effect in heavier rainfall and is made of durable copper that will develop a beautiful patina over time. With an included gutter attachment clip, it's easy to install and add a touch of elegance to your home.
Cup Style Rain Chains
Cup style rain chains make a beautiful and unique addition to any home. They are made of pure copper hammered cup rain chains, which are then attached to the gutter. The cups funnel rainwater to the ground, and the water makes a beautiful chimes-type sound as it cascades down the chain.
- The Fluted Cup Rain Chain is a beautiful and popular design made from pure, thick copper. The cups will age over time, creating a stunning copper patina. Each rain chain comes with an easy-to-install installation clip, making it a perfect addition to your home.
- The Lily Flower Cup Chain is one of our more popular designs because of its simple but beautiful design. Made from very thick copper, the large cup has a large opening in the bottom that can handle a heavy amount of water flow. The Lily Cup will develop a beautiful patina as it ages in the elements and can be appreciated for many years to come.
- The Decorative Hummingbird Cup Chain is a great way to dress up your home. This product is made of pure copper and features two pairs of hummingbirds around the rim, making it a perfect addition to any garden. The chain is 8.5 feet long and can handle heavy rain flow, making it a great investment for your home.
Decorative Rain Chains
A decorative rain chain adds beauty to the standard function of a rain chain. Bird, butterfly, and flower designs are popular among homeowners.
- The Decorative Pineapple Chain is a fun and unique way to add personality to your home. This chain is handcrafted from pure copper and can handle large volumes of water, making it a functional and stylish addition to your home. With its pineapple theme, this rain chain is a welcoming addition to any home.
- The Scallop Chain Cup is one of our most popular designs and can handle heavy rain falls expertly. Made of pure, heavy gauge copper, this rain chain will develop a beautiful patina when exposed to the elements. It comes 8.5 ft. in length with a total of 12 individual cups, 4 1/4" wide and 5 1/2" tall, and an installation clip for easy hanging.
- The Star Flower Cup rain chain displays the natural beauty of a flower in full bloom. The beautiful verdigris finish will add a touch of elegance to any exterior.
Other Rain Chain Materials
In addition to copper, rain chains are made from various other materials. The right choice of material will depend on your personal preferences, budget, and the look you are trying to achieve.
Aluminum: Aluminum rain chains are less expensive than copper but may not be as long-lasting.
- They are lightweight and will not rust.
- They are very affordable.
- The metal is malleable and allows for innovative designs.
Brass: Brass rain chains are similar to copper in terms of durability. They develop a patina over time.
- They are less expensive than copper.
- They offer an elegant look.
Bronze: Bronze rain chains have a darker color than copper and are slightly more expensive.
- They are solid and durable.
- They are not as susceptible to corrosion.
- They provide a unique look.
Benefits of Choosing Copper Rain Chains
Copper rain chains are an excellent choice for those who wish to add a touch of luxury and style to their home. Copper rain chains are available in various styles to suit any taste. They are low maintenance and do not require much cleaning or upkeep.
Copper is a natural, recyclable material that is safe for the environment. The metal is antimicrobial and will not contribute to mold or mildew growth.
Copper is a highly durable material that is resistant to corrosion. It can withstand extreme weather conditions and will not rust.
Easy to install
Easy installation makes it a popular choice with many. Most copper rain chains have an installation kit with all the necessary hardware.
Copper rain chains are very pleasing to the eye. They add a touch of elegance and sophistication to a home. The beautiful patina that forms on copper over time gives it a unique look unmatched by any other material.
Copper is a solid metal that can last many years with proper care. Thus, these beautiful outdoor decor elements offer great value for your money.
Copper Rain Chain Installation
Professional installation of a copper gutter downspout is recommended as it ensures the product's longevity. Poorly installed rain chains can cause damage to your property.
If you choose to install a copper rain chain, purchase an installation kit with all the necessary hardware.
Installation of copper rain checks can be completed in a few minutes. Follow these steps:
- Step 1: Determine the distance between the existing rain gutter and the ground.
- Step 2: Mark the position of the rain chain on the gutter with a pencil.
- Step 3: Drill a hole at the marked position. The hole should be larger than the diameter of the rain chain's installation bracket.
- Step 4: A hanger bolt is included in the rain chain installation kit. Screw the hanger bolt into the newly drilled hole.
- Step 5: Hang the rain chain on the hanger bolt and secure it with a washer and nut.
- Step 6: Fasten the rain chain to the ground with a ground stake (included in the installation kit).
- Step 7: Check that the rain chain is secure and properly installed.
For a more pleasing look, you can cover the rain chain basin (the part of the rain chain that collects water) with decorative rocks or stones. The stones will also help to anchor the rain chain in place. Some people who wish to harvest rainwater consider a rain barrel.
Copper Rain Chain FAQs
Do rain chains need to be copper?
No, rain chains are made from various materials, including aluminum, brass, and bronze. The right choice of material is based on individual preferences, budget, and the home's overall look.
Do copper rain chains tarnish?
Copper rain chains will develop a patina over time. Patina is a thin layer of corrosion that forms on the surface of pure copper. Most people prefer the look of tarnished copper as it adds character and charm to the home.
Do copper rain chains work in heavy rain?
Yes, copper rain chains are designed to handle heavy rainfalls. The metal's antimicrobial property prevents mold and mildew growth, and the corrosion-resistant property protects it from rust.
What's the best material for rain chains?
The best material for rain chains is a matter of personal preference. Some people prefer the artistic look of copper, while others prefer the color and finish that doesnt change over time. The vital task is to choose a material that is durable and easy to install.
How long should rain chains be?
The length is based on the distance between the bottom of your rain gutter and the ground. The rain chains in stock with us are about 8-8.5 feet long. We can also provide custom lengths if needed.