If you have never seen a rain chain or don’t know what it is, don’t worry, most people don’t have the slightest idea either when they hear about them for the first time.
Take a quick look here: click here to see rain chains, grasp a general idea of what a copper rain chain is, and continue reading to discover why they are a favorite alternative to a traditional downspout.
1. Copper Rain Chains Are Virtually 100% Carefree
I know it sounds too good to be true, but copper rain chains don’t need any maintenance or cleaning, they’re 100% maintenance free aside from the regular unclogging needed from leafs that could get in the cups.
And it’s an easier and more pleasing process than unclogging a traditional downspout! Believe me…
Important to mention that a copper rain chain will eventually always go green through a process in which it develops a patina. At Golden Canary, we don’t recommend coating the item in order to keep the copper shiny, as it’s the patina that protects the rain chain and prevents any corrosion (degrading of the material).
Additionally, this green attractive appearance acts as an algaecide and fungicide, keeping moss growth to a minimum.
Yeah I know, the ultimate combination between beauty and practicality.
2. They Hang Around for Decades
When copper is exposed to other elements and the environment, it protects itself by developing a patina over time, which ensures durability and corrosion resistance in virtually any atmosphere.
That’s why copper rain chains last decades! (And they age beautifully)
To get an idea of how copper ages, see the roof shown below. Or think of The Statue of Liberty. Beautiful, isn’t it?
Photo by Jacob Adamson on Unsplash
3. Copper Is an Essential Mineral for Life
A copper rain chain is a great way to direct rainwater from gutters to a rain barrel or basin for harvesting.
Copper is a natural element present in and essential to plants, animals, and humans; and it acts as an algaecide and fungicide, great properties NEEDED when harvesting rainwater (unless you love cleaning mossy rain barrels).
In fact, plants will eventually grow better if watered with harvested rainwater, as it has a balanced pH and is free of chemicals such as chlorine (present in tap water).
Try it and see for yourself!
4. Copper Is The World’s Most Reusable Resource
Today, copper is one of the most used and reused elements of modern metals. Next time you take a look at a penny, consider some of the following facts:
- The copper on that penny might be as old as the pharaohs. Since copper has an infinite recyclable life, it, by itself or with any of its alloys (brass or bronze), can be used over and over again.
- Worldwide copper resources are estimated at 5.8 trillion pounds. Because of copper’s recycling rate is higher than that of any other metal, only about 0.7 trillion pounds (12% of the total available) have been mined through history.
- Copper’s recycling value is so high that premium-grade scrap has approximately 95% of the metal’s value from newly mined ore.
See? There’s more than just beauty to a copper rain chain,
It will make your home look absolutely gorgeous without leaving practicality behind. You’ll be wondering why in the world didn’t you know about them earlier.