When I went to buy my rain chain I thought it would be as simple as picking out the one I wanted and installing it. But after doing some more research I quickly realized that was not the case at all.
I’m sure you’ve probably already figured out what a rain chain is but just in case you’ve landed on this page and have no idea, check out my post What is a Rain Chain and find out everything you need to know about the.
Before you buy your Rain Chain you’ll want to answer the following questions so that you can purchase the perfect rain chain without hassle.
1. Determine where your Rain Chains are going to go.
Will it be visible for all to see or will it be in the back yard? The reason I had to ask myself this question is because I wanted to purchase a pure copper rain chain but in doing all the research I learned that copper is going for a bit of money these days and people were concerned with their rain chains being stolen.
I chose to get my copper rain chain but put it in my backyard which is fenced in. 🙂
2. Will you have it hanging from your gutter downspout?
If you don’t have a gutter system in place will you be adding one? It was a good thing I answered this question before I even started because it turns out where I wanted my rain chain to go… it could not go.
You see, my downspout is right in front of my fence door and I use this door to get our lawnmower back there. Plus I wanted to use a Rain Barrel to catch the water so it was definitely a no go from the get-go.
3. Will you be using a Basin or Barrel?
A Rain Chain Basin is designed to anchor the rain chain so it doesn’t sway when the wind comes. It’s also a way to capture the water and divert it away from the foundation of your home.
If you will be using the basin then chances are you will need the 8.5 ft. rain chain but if you’re using a barrel to collect water then you might be modifying your rain chain.
4. What length are you going to need?
The average length of a rain chain is 8 to 8.5 ft. and that should be perfect if you have a one-story home. However, if you are looking to hang your rain chain from a second story then you might want to purchase 2 rain chains.
Or if you find that 8.5 ft. is too long you are able to cut them to the length you need. For me, I purchased these Copper Bell Rain Chains and they are going to work perfect where I’m placing them.
5. What Style of Rain Chains do you want?
You have two different styles to choose from…links or cups. You’ll want to decide which ones will go with your style of home and of course which ones you like the most.
Once I had these questions answered I was able to make an informed decision which saved me a lot of time and money.
Below is the Rain Chain I choose and after months of having it up, I’m so happy with it.
6. What material will work best for you?
As I’m sure you can tell, rain chains comes in many different styles, colors, and eye catching forms. What you may not have realized is that there are also different materials of rain chains to choose from.
For instance, you have copper, plastic, stainless steel, and aluminum. Each one of these have their pros and cons so I highly suggest you read the post about the most popular rain chain materials to choose form.
If you having any more questions before you purchase a rain chain, just leave them in the comments below and I’ll be sure to answer them for you.