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Rain Chains and Artistic Downspout Design

Date Added: November 23, 2010 11:51:01 PM
Author: Narelle
Category: Home and garden: Garden

With an ever increasing need to express our individuality, to create a unique and welcoming entry to our home artistic downspout design will set your home apart. From simplistic copper rain chains to ornate handcrafted designs artistic downspout designs are quickly becoming a unique and very appealing alternative to the tired industrial look of gutter downspout tubes. With rain chains you can watch the water playfully dance around as it flows down many different handcrafted designs. Designs can range from a simple cooper rain chain to handcrafted designs. Rain chain material can be made out of most any material but copper has its own unique properties that are very attractive to many homeowners. Homeowners can choose from decorative splash blocks set at the base of existing downspouts to elaborate handmade designs ranging in price from a few dollars to thousands.

If rain chains are not quite your cup of tea you can always opt for more elaborate decorative downspout designs. These can range from the extravagant to a simple copper tube with a unique design on the exterior. This allows the water to still use your existing foundation drain in most cases and keeps the water a bit more contained. Some examples we have seen have been nothing less than spectacular ranging from water wheels to ornate copper vines that are sure to catch your eye.

Decorative Rain Barrels & Water Conservation

To complete the look of your newly installed decorative downspout design, you can also install decorative rain barrels to harvest rain water and conserve on your water bill. Rain barrels are a great way to teach your children the importance of water conservation. Harvesting rain water can be used in an emergency for drinking water after being boiled or through solar disinfection which works by controlling waterborne microbial contaminates by exposure to sunlight, UV radiation and heat. Rain barrel technology can store water which can also be used to water the family garden or in times of drought or just to save a few dollars on your monthly expenses. Rain barrels can be very simplistic or very ornate depending on your budget.

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