A Guide to Decorative Cupola Installation

If you’re looking for a way to update the look of your Carolina home’s exterior without spending a fortune, having a decorative cupola installed is a great option. Cupolas have existed for centuries, but aren’t nearly as common now as they once were. This makes them a great solution for homeowners who don’t want to make trendy changes because they are simultaneously timeless and unique. Your cupola won’t go out of style anytime soon, but they’re probably aren’t too many in your neighborhood in today’s world!

Here, you’ll discover a few common questions and answers that have to do with decorative cupola installation. Even if certain sections of this guide do not seem applicable to your situation, it’s a good idea to read everything. The more research you do before starting any home renovation project, the better off you will be in the long run.

Are there multiple sorts of cupolas?

The short answer to this question is yes. There are two main types of cupolas, decorative and functional. Within each of these categories are hundreds of different styles, all designed to suit various aesthetics. Decorative cupolas, which this guide focuses on, are simple to install and are merely meant to add interest to the outside of a home. They do not require any invasive construction work to be performed.

Functional cupolas, on the other hand, serve as roof vents. They are necessary in some cases but do require structural changes in order to be properly installed. A home’s roof, for instance, will actually be cut so the cupola can do its job. Exact sizing is imperative because a functional cupola that doesn’t fit perfectly can lead to water damage and mold problems. Generally, the easiest way to tell the difference between a functional cupola and a decorative one is to look for louvers on the sides.

Where should I place my cupola?

There isn’t a specific rule about where cupolas should be placed on a roof. Traditionally, they are located in the center of a roofing structure, but this isn’t always the case. Particularly in terms of modern design, where you place your cupola is completely up to you. If you’re struggling to figure out where it will look best on your house, ask a qualified Carolina contractor to assist you with your project. He or she will be able to help you figure out where the best spot is.

How do cupolas need to be prepared?

Even though decorative cupolas aren’t difficult to install, there is still some prep work required. This is due to the fact that every home’s roof is unique. When you purchase your decorative cupola, it will have a square base. Unless your house has a completely flat roof, it will need to be cut to match the pitch of your roof. If you aren’t sure how to do this on your own, schedule a consultation with a contractor.

Once your cupola has been cut, the installation process can begin in earnest. You will need to place mounting boards on your roof so the cupola can be attached to something other than the roof itself. Generally, woodblocks cut from 2x4s work as well as mounting boards. Again, if you need assistance, never hesitate to hire a professional to do this job for you.

The Hatch Homes team enjoys performing exterior renovations of all kinds. If you are thinking about adding a decorative cupola to your roof or doing something more extensive to the outside of your house, give us a call today. We serve North Carolina and South Carolina, homeowners.

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