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I turn to the chain for advice. I'm re-guttering the house. Old owners roofers damaged the gutters, badly, none of them match, and they are cheap crap anyway.

I'm going to put on copper. I'm doing a fairly Japanese-plant heavy garden anyway, so I probably want to put a couple of rain chains in the backyard - opposite corners of the house. House is just shy of 3000 sq ft, single story, so fairly spread out.

So my question is - should those two chains match, they will be fairly distant from each other, but still visible from each other. Is it better to have them be different? Or match? I can't decide.

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I turn to the chain for advice. I'm re-guttering the house. Old owners roofers damaged the gutters, badly, none of them match, and they are cheap crap anyway.

I'm going to put on copper. I'm doing a fairly Japanese-plant heavy garden anyway, so I probably want to put a couple of rain chains in the backyard - opposite corners of the house. House is just shy of 3000 sq ft, single story, so fairly spread out.

So my question is - should those two chains match, they will be fairly distant from each other, but still visible from each other. Is it better to have them be different? Or match? I can't decide.

Thanks!
Why would you not match them?
 

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I have no idea. I don't know why I'm confused by this. So I should match them then?
I could see how having different link designs in the same material could be interesting and attractive, but unless you can articulate why you want different chains in each location, yes, they should match.
 

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I could see how having different link designs in the same material could be interesting and attractive, but unless you can articulate why you want different chains in each location, yes, they should match.
They would all be solid copper. I guess I worry about them looking "matchy" if they are the same. This is not a strongly held position.
 

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They would all be solid copper. I guess I worry about them looking "matchy" if they are the same. This is not a strongly held position.
You are overthinking it. :)
 

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This is the first I've ever heard of rain chains, but I have to admit the first google results don't look better than traditional downspouts.
 

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When I was a practicing architect, I often specified rain chains. I typically had them match. BUT, if the house was sided in more than one pattern or material ... we might use a different chain with each different pattern/material.
 

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Use brass
 

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This is the first I've ever heard of rain chains, but I have to admit the first google results don't look better than traditional downspouts.
Is he talking about these funky ones that look like a bunch of funnels that drain into the next?
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Or like hanging a literal chain from the gutter?
The literal chain style seems to be semi-common around here (and I admit, not something I noticed or saw often prior to moving west). Traditional downspouts far outnumber them, but they are used in a lot of new construction it seems...maybe only in visible areas (like a covered entrance/stoop).
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Supposedly they are not very effective in heavy rains, especially with high winds...but its relatively dry here. Wonder if it also does well in winter freeze/thaw dripping conditions?
 

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