Rain Chain: A Stylish Alternative to Downspouts

Moving water from gutters to the ground in a controlled fashion is a necessary chore, but rain chains are the perfect blend of form and function because they do it with style.

Rain chains come in all kinds of materials to match just about any home. From black powder-coated aluminum to hammered copper, and everything in between, there’s bound to be something that fits your home’s style.

And that’s the point. You need something that carries rainwater from your roof to the ground level, but you don’t need an ugly pipe to do it!

This downspout alternative will add charm and character to your home, compared to its more industrial-looking counterpart.

Two-step installation is easy, and anyone can do it with simple tools.

Marc Ingram removes a downspout from a gutter
  1. Remove the downspout from the gutter. You’ll need a power drill to remove the rivets and metal screws. Then pull the joints apart.
Marc Ingram installs a rain chain at Today's Homeowner host Danny Lipford's home

2. Attach the rain chain to the opening in the gutter.

As water leaves the gutter, it cascades down the chain, slowing the flow and creating a beautiful waterfall in the process.

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