Installation
Instaling a cupola can be a difficult process, particularly since it involves cutting a hole in the roof of the building.
Church Cupolas
Churches are often identified with elaborate spires, cupolas, and finials. These items are often very unique for churches.
Cupola Introduction
Have you ever looked at a barn, church, or home and wondered what the dome-like structure was on top? There is a good chance that it is a cupola. There are many different types and styles for these items and they come in many different shapes and sizes. Cupolas can serve several purposes.
Build One
There are many options available if you would like to build your own cuploa for your barn or home. You can size the materials yourself using wood, or metal. You can use a cupola kit that contains the materials. You can also purchase a cupola plan that can provide you with a blueprint to follow - you would need to purchase the correct materials and put it together.
Dome Shapes
Cupolas generally come in 3 basic shapes: round, rectangular, or octagonal. These shapes are often used for several different roof types and roof styles. Sometimes one of these shapes will work better for a home and will provide a more balanced effect.
Ventilation
Ventilation for cupolas can help to keep the temperature low in an attic or rooftop area. This, in turn, can keep the temperature lower in your home. With an appropriate ventilation system, a cupola can be a very functional structure.
Rooftop Finials
Finials, like weathervanes, are often made of metal and rest on the top of a dome, spire, or steeple. Their purpose is mostly decorative and finials are often shiny and pointed on top. They are most often placed on the highest part of a building.
Weathervanes
Weathervanes are an attractive addition to a home, barn, or building. Weathervanes are used to display the wind direction and are usually made out of metals like bronze, cast iron, or copper.