FAQs


CUPOLAS

What materials are your cupolas made of?
We use the highest quality copper, solid PVC vinyl, Northern White Pine, Redwood and poplar wood materials available.

Which size cupola would look best on my home, barn or building?
A good rule of thumb is 1.25" of cupola rooftop for every foot of 'unbroken' roof line. For example: if a roof section measures 20' the minimum cupola rooftop size should be 25". However, we usually suggest the next size larger. Our experience tells us it provides for a more pleasing appearance. If the cupola is too small, it will look more like a bird house than a cupola on your roof. How do I install my weathervane on the cupola?
Most of our cupolas come 'weathervane-ready', which means the cupola is built with a cross brace inside that has a bracket for mounting a weathervane so no additional hardware is required.

What is roof pitch?
The roof pitch refers to the angle or the steepness of the roof. A carpenter's square can be used to find the angle of the roof by measuring out from roof a level 12" and the down measurement gives you the rise (first number of pitch measurement). Most of our cupolas are designed for a roof pitch up to 10/12, but if your roof is steeper you can order extension bases in wood or vinyl to fit your cupola to roof pitch of 12/12, 14/12 and 16/12.

Do the windowed cupolas contain real glass?
The cupolas are built with a 3/32" thick single strength glass and have hinges on one pane.

How do I install my cupola?
Our cupolas come in three sections (Base, Middle, Rooftop) for easy installation and you will only need a hand saw and a screwdriver! Complete, easy step-by-step instructions are included with every cupola.

Can my cupola be used for ventilation?
Many of our cupolas are used to ventilate homes, barns and buildings, however most are used as decorative accents to give rooftops that old world country charm!

Can I paint my vinyl cupola?
Our vinyl cupolas do not require painting but they can easily be painted with 100% acrylic latex paint with an LRV of 55 or higher.

What gauge copper is used on the roof of the cupola?
16 oz., 24 gauge copper.

How long will the polished finish on the roof last?
Generally within 1 month the copper will start to lose it's shine and begin to patina naturally. We carry a product called 'Staybrite' that helps protect and maintain the polished finish of copper and brass can be applied to preserve the look of raw copper.

How are your cupolas shipped?
Wood cupolas up to and including 30" and vinyl cupolas up to and including 26" ship via UPS, while the larger size cupolas ship via motor freight.

WEATHERVANES

What are the copper weathervanes made of?
The spacer balls and most weathervane figures are made from pure copper (some are accented with brass). The directionals are made of solid brass and the assembly rod is made of brass and stainless steel, which help ensure maintenance free enjoyment!

How do I mount the weathervane?
Most traditionally use the 401AL adjustable roof mount for mounting to peak of roof, while some use the 404 four sided mount for turrets or existing cupolas. Many however choose to purchase one of our high-quality 'weathervane-ready' cupolas to display their weathervane proudly atop their roof! We also have eave mounts, garden poles, indoor display stands and bases.

How many finishes are offered for your copper weathervanes?
Our copper weathervanes are offered in two finishes: Antiqued (verdigris green patina), which is an artificial finish that gives the appearance of aged copper and accelerates the patina process. Polished weathervanes are raw copper which are buffed to a beautiful luster and shine!

How long will the polished finish last?
Within 1 month the copper will start to lose it's shine and begin to patina naturally. We carry a product called 'Staybrite' that helps protect and maintain the polished finish of copper and brass can be applied to preserve the look of raw copper.

Do the weathervanes require assembly?
Yes our weathervanes do require some assembly, but easy instructions are included and all you need is a screwdriver. The ornament, spacer balls and directionals simply slide onto the assembly rod and are secured by setscrews. We suggest using a thread-locking adhesive when assembling the rods and spraying a little WD-40 on smaller stainless rod.

How will my weathervane be shipped?
Weathervanes ship via UPS.