What do you think of when you consider commercial buildings? Lovely, attractive, intriguing works of art? Unlikely! Commercial buildings have a track record for being bare bones, run-of-the-mill, and unimpressive on all counts. While this is expectedly efficient, commercial doesn’t have to mean conventional; your building doesn’t have to be boring. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to up the intrigue of your building, attracting more customers and clients along the way: say hello to the cupola. But why install a cupola on your commercial building? Because when buildings are beautiful, business is booming!
The human mind makes unconscious calculations all the time. Whether sizing up predators, considering quantities, or appraising beauty, there’s an influx of information being evaluated every moment. When it comes to being a commercial building owner, this is valuable knowledge. People are constantly making judgments based on appearance, cleanliness and quality of atmosphere. The look of your building could be the difference between a paying customer and an unimpressed guest. Adding a cupola to your commercial building is a great way to ensure an enduring intrigue and a steady flow of foot traffic.
If you’re thinking that the only selling point for a cupola is the beautiful view, we’ve got some good news; there can be practical benefits to a commercial building cupola as well! If you opt for a louvered cupola, you’ll gain the advantage of increased ventilation and airflow, reducing the dampness that leads to mold, mildew and rot. If you go the windowed cupola route, you’ll have a great new canvas to display a lovely lantern - a warm, welcoming beacon guaranteed to attract even more customers! Custom windowed cupolas can even serve as alternate sources of natural light, gracing your store with sunlit scenery.
If you want a sneak peak at what your building could look like with a cupola, check out our featured custom cupola installation for a well known grocery store. With our vast knowledge of cupolas, we coordinated with contractors and oversaw the entire project, resulting in a finished project that’s given the market landmark recognition and an abundance of happy, appreciative customers.
Has your customer base been waning? Are you worried that the look of your commercial space isn’t quite easy on the eyes? A cupola is the solution you need! Instantly intriguing, the allure of a cupola is bound to bring in a plethora of prospective clients and customers, revolutionizing your business and paving the way to a successful and prosperous future.
When you buy a cupola, you’re joining a family; you’re participating in a centuries-old tradition that has survived the ages and continues bringing people joy to this very day. At Valley Forge Cupolas, we take pride in our beautiful, handcrafted cupolas. We offer a wide variety of choices and styles, and even offer customization options to make your cupola a unique fit just for you. Today we’ll be exploring our 3 options for cupola construction material: wood, vinyl or metal. Which cupola material is right for you?
When it comes to material purists, wood is simply the only option; it’s easy to understand why. From aesthetics like grain to the very smell of natural wood, there’s nothing quite like it. All of our wood cupolas are made with beautiful Western Red Cedar to ensure sturdy construction and longevity, so you can trust that your cupola will be with you for the long run. We even offer board and batten bases for the ultimate in rustic authenticity.
When it comes to maintenance, our vinyl cupolas simply cannot be beat. Fashioned from materials world renowned for withstanding weather and age, you can bid farewell to the downfalls of typical building materials; flaking, yellowing, splitting, cracking and warping will never worry you again. With unparalleled resilience and the ability to resemble most other materials out there, vinyl cupolas are a wise choice for the forward thinker.
Our metal Sundance cupolas are a sight to behold. They can be custom made with a wide variety of color options to choose from, so you’ll never be at a loss when trying to find the perfect match for your favorite house, garage, shed or barn. Worried about roof pitch inconsistency? Whenever we sell a metal Sundance cupola, we make cuts to match its destination roof pitch precisely, so your installation will be as easy as 1-2-3!
Which Cupola Material is Right for You? We’re Here To Help!
At Valley Forge Cupolas, we have a staff of knowledgeable cupola experts ready and willing to guide you through the details of your buying experience. If you’re having trouble deciding which cupola material is right for you, just talk it over with one of our helpful, courteous professionals. After a brief conversation about your building, rooftop and customization preferences, we’ll help you find the perfect cupola for your unique situation. Happy hunting!
Garages can be many things: car storage, junk bins, weight rooms, sports centers, home offices or hang out spots; the list goes on and on. But there’s one thing that all garages have in common; whatever their purpose in our lives, we absolutely need them. Why not give back a little? With a beautiful cupola, you could vastly improve the quality, value and function of your garage - you could even increase its lifespan and longevity! If you’re interested in adding a cupola to your garage, check out these 3 garage cupola projects that will inspire you!
This customer chose to have a louvered cupola installed on their garage. Its beautiful louvers add a bit of rustic uniqueness to an otherwise modern home, giving it charm and character to spare. But style isn’t the only thing this concave cupola has to offer; the louvers act as garage ventilation, providing optimal airflow and protection from dampness, mold and rot. If you want a cupola that couples form with function, a louvered cupola is the choice for you!
Windowed Wonder: A Whale Of A Tale
For this project, the customer was looking for something unique to breathe new life into his 28’ two car garage. After careful consideration, we decided to go with a 36” vinyl Carlisle style windowed cupola. Having already decided on the maritime-themed whale weathervane, a cupola lantern even added a beautiful lighthouse-like ambience to the finished product. As you can see, the choice of cupola wonderfully complemented the overall aesthetic of the garage; it’s as if it had been there all along.
A Beautiful Beacon
In the final featured garage project, our customer wanted a beautiful, luminous look for his oversized two car garage; one that would look just as great during the day as it would at night. We ended up choosing a 54” wide CNC cupola, a tried and true customer favorite. Its wide windows accentuate the front garage window and the windows on the garage doors, resulting in a gorgeous interior glow effect that’s both mesmerizing and helpful for some extra outdoor lighting at night.
Ready For A Garage Cupola Project Of Your Own?
If you’ve been considering a garage cupola and found yourself inspired by these 3 featured projects, it’s time for a garage cupola project of your own! Working with Valley Forge Cupolas is the best way to turn your unique goals and imaginings for a garage cupola into a concrete, visible, beautiful finished product. Reach out today and begin your journey to a reimagined rooftop!
In this day and age, pineapples are plentiful; prevalent in piña coladas and complementing Christmas hams, a good pineapple is only ever a short grocery trip away. But things weren’t always so simple, and it was once nearly impossible to purchase a pineapple. This week, Valley Forge Cupolas will delve into the sweet history of the copper pineapple: an enduring symbol of hospitality.
Christopher Columbus: Great Discoverer Of…Pineapples?
When Christopher Columbus and his crew made their 2nd voyage to the Caribbean in 1493, it is said that they anchored off the coast of a lush, tropical island in the Guadeloupe archipelago. According to legend, they happened upon a grizzly scene of unmentionable grotesqueness; however, in the midst of the deserted carnage, they discovered a peculiar fruit with delectable, golden flesh. They named it “Pineapple” for its exterior resemblance to their native european pine cone and for its inner apple-like consistency. They were instantly enthralled, and brought it back to Europe on their return voyage.
The Proper Pineapple
When Columbus introduced the pineapple to Renaissance Europe, it was an instant hit. A cultural obsession with the rare fruit swept across the land, making the pineapple a precious commodity. In fact, historians have calculated that the price of a pineapple in those days would have been the equivalent of thousands of dollars in present times. As such, the pineapple became a symbol of status and distinction, held only by the wealthiest members of upper class society. Why, pineapples could even be rented for the most extravagant of occasions!
Pineapples Across The Pond
When pineapples reached Colonial America, their place in the culture took on a slightly different tone; no longer were they held as untouchables reserved for only the highest class citizens. Though still rare and costly, they were beloved among the close-knit communities characterizing the times. As Colonial America was being established, there was a great emphasis on hospitality and neighborly friendship, so large, welcoming house parties were commonplace. Early Americans would amicably compete to throw the best parties possible, and the pineapple was the crown jewel of any party. It came to represent the greatest gift and most generous offering a host could bestow upon guests.
The Copper Pineapple: An Enduring Symbol Of Hospitality - It Could Be Yours!
Because not all folks in Colonial America could afford pineapples, they began finding all sorts of creative ways to share the same symbol of friendship and good nature without the impossible pricetag; whittling wood and shaping metal, they crafted pineapples from basic materials to express warm greetings and hospitality to their friends and neighbors. Amazingly, this symbol of hospitality has continued on to this present day, commonly used to furnish living rooms and kitchens; but there’s no better way to broadcast benevolence than from the top of your roof. Looking to spread friendship and good nature to your own loved ones and neighbors? Try a pineapple weathervane from Valley Forge Cupolas today!
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