Why Tops Are Important


Barrel placement can be critical, so make sure you understand how it will "work". Our “bowled” tops do not require you to direct the down-spout toward an inlet. This means that our bowled top rain barrels will not have to "stick out" from a corner or that you'll have to invest time and money to redirect the downspout.

 

  1. Because shallow sloping tops allow the rushing water to over-run the inlet and actually fall off the other side, we have designed a vertical wall around our top's perimeter to help capture any stray water and redirect it back into the barrel.
  2. Small inlets choke on too much water so we designed large ones.
  3. A lot of rain water can be lost as falling water from a flat-roofed house hits the barrel top, we so designed the "Canale top", a large screened surface area to minimize it.
  4. Notice how easily our tops can be cleaned.

 

Top styles:


Have you ever noticed the quantity of water that falls from your house in even a moderate rain? It may not look like much but the quantity is very deceptive. 1” of rain on 1000 square feet of roof equals 620 gallons! If you are attempting to capture as much as possible, you will want to make sure that your Rain Barrel can swallow all of the water your gutter can throw at it.


Tops and strainers are the heart of a rain barrel; we offer (5) distinct top styles that vary by product line.

 


 

The removable “Bowled” top. This is our most popular top and is meant to capture rain water from downspouts or Rain Chains. The placement of the barrel is not important. Just make sure the downspout empties anywhere on the top. Central to our “bowled” top style is a very large, easily removable, easily cleaned, mosquito resistant basket strainer. It can handle all of the water you can throw at it and still provide serious straining capacity, even in the presence of large leaves.


It is securely held to the main barrel body by (4) sets of embedded Aluminum threaded inserts, Stainless Steel set screws, and Phenolic/Brass 3-arm knobs. Quality. Long-lasting. Easy to use.


If you want to use a bowled top with a flat roof, we suggest using one of our many beautiful Rain Chains to control the falling water all the way to your barrel.


This top is available on our Agua Fria Series only.


 

The removable “Canale” top. Pronounced “ca-nal-lee”, this style is meant to capture free-falling rain water from your flat-roofed home. Notice the top is very open to capture as much falling water as possible, yet is safe enough around children to comply with the regulations of the city of Santa Fe. It is this combination of safety and large collection surface that makes it unique.


The large collection area is necessary because falling water “spreads out” as it falls. It occupies a much larger area after it falls six to eight feet and we must be ready to capture it. If the top is not properly designed, it will cause the falling water to splash excessively.


The Canale Top is available in either the “Pie-shaped” pattern (some customers also call it the “Wagon Wheel” pattern) or the very popular “Polka Dot” pattern. Both are the same price and equally efficient so pick the one you like the best. The straining material is common door screen which keeps the barrel mosquito resistant, yet allows good water flow. It is attached using staples on the underside and can be easily and cheaply replaced at home. While this style is best with falling water, it also works very well with downspouts and Rain Chains.


This top is available on both our Agua Fria Series and Cubo Series. Pronounced “Coo-bo”, it means “Pail” or “Little Bucket” in Spanish.


On our most popular rain barrels, the Agua Fria Series, this top is securely held to the main barrel body by (4) sets of embedded Aluminum threaded inserts, Stainless Steel set screws, and Phenolic/Brass 3-arm knobs.


On our Cubo Series, this top is securely held to the main barrel body by (4) sets of embedded Aluminum threaded inserts, Black Steel set screws, and Zinc-plated wing nuts.


 

The fixed “Canale” top. Pronounced “ca-nal-lee”, this style is also meant to capture free-falling rain water from your flat-roofed home. This top is permanently attached to the main barrel body and cannot be easily removed. Notice the top is very open to capture as much falling water as possible, yet is safe enough around children to comply with the regulations of the city of Santa Fe. It is this combination of safety and large collection surface that makes it unique.


It is available in the very popular “Polka Dot” pattern only. The straining material is common door screen which keeps the barrel mosquito resistant, yet allows good water flow. It is held into place on the topside by a poly ring that is stapled into the main body. This design can be easily and cheaply replaced at home. While this style is best with falling water, it also works very well with downspouts and Rain Chains.


This top is available on our Peso Series only. Simplicity. Safety. Value.

 


Flat Tops

 

Flat Tops serve many needs. Some people just want the simplicity of them. Others want to use a large 17” Strainer in a relatively small diameter barrel. Some people want a large flat surface to decorate with separate planters or garden “whatevers”. We are all different. At Tijeras Rain Barrels, we believe in having as large of a selection as possible. Flat Tops are one of many. Select the one you like!

 


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Aries Only Top Styles:

 

Allow yourself some creativity! Whether you have traditional downspouts or Canales off of a flat-roof, the Aries Series is perfect. Available in a 100 gallon version only, the Aries is a wonderful balance between physical size and capacity. Notice that we have removed the external lip around the upper perimeter for that special look.


(8) different styles are standard but we would be happy to quote you a custom-cut top of your choice. Give us a ring to discuss this.


Original, easy-to-clean, and cost effective.


 

The removable Rectangular top. This top, along with its sister, the Fixed Rectangular Top, are available on the Niño Series only. Pronounced “Neen-yo” and meaning “child”, this package is making waves everywhere!


The end-to-end water catchment area means it can be used in multiple positions. It also means this child can handle serious water input. Notice the poly strainer lined with screen. Simple. Easy to use. Effective.


The remaining area on the top is dedicated for use as a planter or planter stand. It is perfect for placing bright colored flowers up close to your front door. Or, what about a great place to grow your seedlings where they can be protected until they are ready to be moved to the “big bed”. Did you notice that we have provided vents to drain off any excess water? Whatever the use, this top is ready.


The primary advantage of this top over the fixed version is in the freight arena. By removing the top from a Niño, the main bodies will stack inside of each other. This means that customers ordering multiples will enjoy lower freight rates. In reality, the more that is shipped at one time, the lower the freight rate on each one. This is very important for mass orders commonly seen with business-to-business transactions.

 



Issues with all Rain Barrel tops from all manufacturers:


Barrel placement can be critical, so make sure you understand how it will “work”. Our tops do not require you to direct the downspout toward an inlet. This means that our rain barrels will not have to “stick out” from a corner or that you’ll have to invest time and money to redirect the downspout.  

  • Because shallow sloping tops allow the rushing water to over-run the inlet and actually fall off the other side, we have designed a vertical wall around our most of our top’s perimeters to help capture any stray water and redirect it back into the barrel.  
  • Small inlets choke on too much water so we designed large ones.  
  • A lot of rain water can be lost as falling water from a flat-roofed house hits the barrel top, so we designed the “Canale Top”, a large screened surface area to minimize it. 
  •  Notice how our tops can be easily cleaned.  
  • We designed our screens to be easily replaced.

 

 

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