Adding a Cupola to a House Checklist
- Choose whether your cupola will be functional or decorative - Cupolas fall into two categories, depending on their end use. A cupola that sits on top of a roof and is just for aesthetic value is considered decorative. If your cupola installation requires cutting a hole in the roof so that the cupola provides ventilation or light, it is considered functional. While this distinction doesn’t affect the construction of the cupola itself, it will help you decide which features are most important to you.
- Consider your materials - At Valley Forge Cupolas, our cupolas are constructed from only the finest, high-quality materials. These include Azek vinyl, Western Red Cedar, copper, and steel. Azek vinyl is easily painted to match your home, and our steel roofs come in a variety of colors to complement any building. You can add copper accents to your cupola, such as trim, molding, or a copper base, and it can be patinated to a beautiful blue-green.
- Determine the size of your cupola - As a general rule, the width of a cupola’s base should be 1.25” for every foot of unbroken roof ridge line. This gives you a range of sizes to choose from: for example, a 24’ roof could accommodate a cupola as small as 30” wide and as large as 36” wide. The final size will be determined by both the overall size of your house, your personal preference, and the height of the cupola. When choosing the height of your cupola, you must consider pitch, width, and height of your home. Picturing a cupola on your home can be difficult, but our Cupola Specialist, Beverly, can provide you with a digital quote and show you exactly how the cupola will look so that you can choose the size and height you desire.
- Choose your accents - From shiplap bases and star cut-outs to dentil molding and standing seam roofs, there are dozens of custom features to choose from. Whether you need to match the trim design of your garage doors or the cedar shingles of your roof, our design experts are here to help. We love helping our customers create custom cupolas that perfectly match their homes!
If you’re ready to add a cupola to your house, call us today at 866-400-1776!