Classic cupolas have the ability to transform the overall look of a home’s exterior. Both functional and decorative, these unique accessories have been topping homes and buildings since the 8th century. So, how did they make the leap to modern architecture? The elegance and often-functional role of a cupola is still highly relevant to modern structures. Additionally, cupolas themselves can tie the look of a home together by incorporating materials and colors used throughout the architecture. This is why copper cupolas are popular picks for both businesses and residences. Copper is durable, stylish, reflective, and versatile in color. It blends with both modern and classic homes, making it an ideal choice for these classic accents.


A Cupola’s Versatility

Cupolas have been used over the centuries for both practical and decorative purposes. This simple ventilation system allows air and humidity to flow freely in and out of the highest points of a building. This simple element can improve the air quality within a barn or prevent humidity and heat from building up in a home attic. 


Though you are more likely to spot cupolas on the tops of modern businesses, many classic homes are adding cupolas throughout the structure of their properties to emulate this timeless style. Nowadays, you’ll also find them on the tops of home extensions, gazebos, sheds, and barns. 


Windowed cupolas also welcome light into a small space or barn. These larger cupolas commonly enhance older buildings, and are big enough to host guests to look out onto the surrounding city.


The Parts of a Cupola

Cupolas traditionally have three main parts:


  • Saddle: The saddle connects the cupolas to snuggly fit with your structure’s roof. This section is typically constructed with high-quality wood to hold and maintain the long-term structure of your cupola.

  • Vent Housing: The center of your cupola is the traditionally functional section, welcoming air and light through metal or wooden panels on all sides. CopperSmith cupolas typically include a weathervane bracket for each installation. The style of your cupola will mostly vary in the vent housing. You may choose a windowed design or one with traditional slats.

  • Roof: Choose from copper, brass, or aluminum roofs to top off your cupola. The roof is the final touch of the cupola design, especially when you add a finial or weathervane as an extra accessory. 


Incorporating Metal Into Your Home Design

The exterior of your home has to withstand the most extreme weather events. Once you install something as prominent as a cupola, you shouldn’t have to deal with frequent upkeep or replacement. High-quality materials like metal, brass, and aluminum provide benefits far beyond a stylish look. Copper is resistant to rust and rot, making this an ideal material for topping your cupola. The metal is also highly durable and resistant to heat--one of the main reasons it's been used for thousands of years.


Copper—and cupolas on the whole—are also the eco-conscious way to go when designing a green home. Copper is easy to recycle due to its strength and adaptability. The cupola itself can also lower heating costs in the top floor of your home or encourage air circulation to cut down on mold and dust.


How CopperSmith Can Help You Choose the Best Cupola

Our specialists take the guesswork out of choosing a cupola for the top of your home, barn, office building, or shed. Made-to-order and hand-crafted, your customized cupola will come pre-designed to fit neatly on your roof with little work. Each cupola comes in three, easy-to-install pieces, as described above. An internal mounting bracket makes it easy to install a weathervane or finial should you choose to add one immediately or in the future. 


Speak to the home design experts at CopperSmith about how to choose the right cupola for your space by calling 952-800-7671.


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