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A Cupola is a strange word, a word that most people do not know about. However, a cupola can do a lot for decorating the outside of a home, building, or even an antique barn. A cupola gives visitors a focal point to look at when they look upward toward your roof. The cupola is also a classic symbol of country elegance and antiquity; particularly in the northeast, midwest, and south where houses are often older. This article will seek to describe the benefits of adding a cupola to a house or structure. It will also describe the types of cupolas available and will provide some tips for decorating with them.
There are many different types of cupolas out there, but they may be hard to find. You can't just walk into a typical retail or department store and hope to find them. Most copolas are made domestically and are crafted by skilled artisans or small factories that have been making them for a long time. You can typically special order a copola for use on a house but it may cost several hundred dollars. Copolas can range in price from $100 to several thousand dollars depending on the size, shape, and the material used in the cupola.
Cupolas are typically made out of wood, fiberglass, or vinyl. The wood cupolas are popular and are relatively affordable. The wood is usually treated to endure the elements and can be stained many different colors. Most cupolas start out light colored and weather well to a slightly darker color. Wood cupolas are more jagged in structure as it is difficult to get wood to be rounded. The wood cupolas are great for a classic look or for use on a historic house or barn. There are particularly good when you want to accentuate a wooden structure or complement the wood in this type of building.
The vinyl and fiberglass cupolas are often more curved and can have many different shapes. One of the popular ones is the shape of a church bellower. Vinyl and fiberglass cupolas can also have glass built in to make it look like a church spire or classic building. The main advantage to these cupolas is that they weather well and require little maintenance. In addition, these cupolas can be adorned with many different kinds of decorations and a craftsman can apply special care to make a cupola that matches the house or building.
The top od the cupola is usually used to mount a weathervane or a small spire. This gives the cupploa even more of a touch of character and helps to make the cuppola have practical as well as decorative value. If you are going to use a weathervane, be sure to select one that matches you cuppola and the house that you will be adding it to. Most cupolas can be added to the top of the roof and attached with little effort.
To obtain the maximum effect from your cuppola, be sure to position it in a place where it is most likely to be viewed. If most people approach your home from the front, you should put it on a section of the roof that is visible where people can see it as they approach. the cuppola can also make your home or building stand out as important in the midst of other similar buildings. Be sure to select a cupola based on the exterior of the house rather than the interior since cupolas are for outside.
The cupola represents an excellent exterior decorating choice. However, the selection of the cuppola needs to be done with care. A good cupola can make the exterior of a home, but should be done in conjunction with the overall exterior design plan.