Roof Pitch for Cupolas

As homes and businesses begin to age, trying to keep them looking fresh and alive can be challenging. Even with new structures, people look for that one thing that gives the building a little bit of an edge. In both cases, the cupola is an excellent solution. Available in many beautiful styles, amazing colors, and materials, and sizes, you can use the cupola for appearance only, or for functionality in keeping an attic cooler as well.

Cupolas have been around for many centuries although some of what we see from older architecture is massive in size. True, some new structures are incorporating full roof size cupolas into the design but for homes, garages, restaurants, doctor's offices, and other similar structures, a standard size cupola would make a gorgeous addition. If you want to consider a cupola for your building, regardless of what it is, one of the first things you will need to know is the roof pitch.

Roof Pitch Type

You see, there are different styles of cupolas, some for regular pitch roofs, and some for extreme pitch roofs. Therefore, before you head out to shop for any cupola, you want to know the exact pitch or angle of the roof, which is the top where the front and back come together. This dimension is determined by taking the number of inches that rise vertically for every 12 inches of horizontal extension. Let us say you had a rise of eight inches for each 12 inches of horizontal length. In this case, you would have a pitch width of 8/12.

Roof Pitch Measurement

Keep in mind that in addition to cupolas, the pitch of a roof would need to be known for many home improvement projects to include skylight, cutting rake boards, and so on. The only tools you need to measure the roof pitch for your new cupola are an 18 or 24-inch level, pencil, paper, and a tape measure.

To get started, you want to measure 12 inches at one end of the level, marking the location with a pencil. Inside the building's attic, place the end of the level so it rests against the bottom of a rafter, holding it carefully so it is perfectly level. Then, from the 12-inch mark on the level, measure vertically going straight up to the underside of the rafter. The number you come up with is hat you would used to determine the roof rise.

Roof Shape Options

You will find that most roof configurations consist of four different options such as the single ridge, four-way hip, four-way ridge, and three-way ridge. Therefore, you will not have too many methods for finding the right pitch. As you can see, the process to determine pitch for your cupola is easy, taking just a short time to accomplish. Just be sure you are extremely careful when working on any roof, especially those with steep pitches. In fact, we recommend you work with someone for security purposes.