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The term cupola has made reference to a number of architectural features over the centuries. In general, cupola means a dome and the domes that top off such public buildings as courthouses; city halls and the building that houses the United States Congress are examples. The belvederes or widow’s walks that rise over old homes, rising from the center as small glass-enclosed structures are also cupolas. However the most common form of cupola initiated in this country is the structure seen on top of barns and carriage houses that is generally a small square or rectangular box with louvered sides for ventilation and a shingled or copper pointed roof.
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The term cupola has made reference to a number of architectural features over the centuries. In general, cupola means a dome and the domes that top off such public buildings as courthouses; city halls and the building that houses the United States Congress are examples. The belvederes or widow’s walks that rise over old homes, rising from the center as small glass-enclosed structures are also cupolas.
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Cupolas are placed on top of roofs to provide ventilation and light. Cupolas resemble little houses on the roofs with louvers in the place of windows. Besides being functional, cupolas are a charming architectural feature that will increase the curb appeal of your property.
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Cupolas are placed on top of roofs to provide ventilation and light. Cupolas resemble little houses on the roofs with louvers in the place of windows. Besides being functional, cupolas are a charming architectural feature that will increase the curb appeal of your property. Cupolas are made from vinyl, wood, or fiberglass. Vinyl and fiberglass cupolas require very little maintenance after installation. Wood cupolas look terrific when stained and have a texture and warmth that is hard to match.

These agricultural cupolas were originally put in place to provide ventilation to the upper reaches of the barn or outbuilding, where hay was stored. Today they serve as a reminder of our agricultural legacy. Cupolas have become popular as additions to new structures as well as restored ones and they are available in pre-constructed form for the home builder or remodeler. Many people engaged in remodeling projects have chosen to top off a garage or an outbuilding with a small cupola, giving the structure additional character and a suggestive rural touch.

The quality cupolas on the market today are constructed of wood, to retain a historical look. Cedar is one of the best choices for raw material, because of its resistance to rot.

Pre-constructed cupolas are available in various sizes, with bases that range from seventeen inches per side to forty inches per side. Some are rectangular, some square, and some hexagonal.

Cupolas have a roof that peaks in a point at the center. Those roofs may be manufactured from shingles or, for a longer life, copper or aluminum.

A typical cupola will have a base constructed of solid wood that can be cut to match up with a roofline. The upper half will consist of a slatted area, some of which are square and some rounded at the top like an arched window.

Traditionally, a barn or residential cupola is topped with a weathervane. The most popular – and traditional – figure for the weathervane is a rooster.

Some historical buildings used cupolas for hanging lanterns. Today’s cupolas can also be utilized for a light fixture to provide a modern beacon for a home, outbuilding or barn.

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