How to Size a Cupola
- Pitch is determined by the number of inches your roof rises vertically for every 12 inches it extends horizontally. In other words, from the peak of your roof measure 12 inches out, then measure down until you meet the slope of your roof. If your vertical measurement is 10”, then your roof’s pitch is 10:12. Pitch is easily measured using a T-square.
- To determine the width of a cupola’s base, the general rule of thumb is a minimum of 1.25” of cupola for every foot of unbroken roof ridge line. There is some variation, however, depending on the size of your home or structure. Single story, low-pitched roofs look better with a cupola on the smaller end of the scale, whereas buildings with steeper roof pitches or multiple levels may require a cupola closer to a 1.5”/foot ratio. For long roof lines (typically 50’ or longer), using multiple, smaller cupolas often provides a better aesthetic than one large cupola.
- So how tall should a cupola be? For standard cupolas, the height is determined by the size of the base. But with our custom cupola designs, the height can be designed to meet your needs and personal style. Let’s look at a few examples.