Frequently Asked Cupola Questions

What is a Castle Cupola?

How do I know the pitch of my roof?

How do I know if an extension base is needed on my cupola?

Can I paint my vinyl cupola?

How do I cover the hole in the top of the cupola?

How long will the polished copper finish last?

How do I install my new cupola?

Which size cupola best fits my garage or home?

Should I be concerned about the height of the cupola?

Which style cupola should I choose for my garage or home?

Q. What is a Castle Cupola?

A. The Castle Cupolas are impressive, elegantly designed cupolas of distinction. The overall height to width ratio accentuates these dynamic cupolas, making them the crowning glory to any outdoor structure. Our Castle Cupolas are designed for roofs with a pitch up to 12" rise per foot (known as 12/12" pitch). Most roofs are not steeper than this. However, if the roof pitch is steeper than 12/12" pitch, it is important to order the extension base at the same time you order your cupola.

Q. How do I know the pitch of my roof?

A. The roof pitch refers to the angle or steepness of your roof. A 5/12" pitch, for example, means that the roof rises 5" for every 12" of horizontal length. Simply use a carpenter's square to record the angle (rise) of your roof.

Q. How do I know if an extension base is needed on my cupola?

A. All of our vinyl and wood cupolas (except for the Castle Cupolas, which fit roofs up to a 12/12" pitch) are designed for a roof pitch up to 10" rise per foot (known as 10/12" pitch). Most roofs are not steeper than a 10/12" pitch. However, if the roof pitch is steeper than 10/12" pitch, it is important to order the extension base at the same time you order your cupola. Please contact one of our product experts at 1-800-919-1904 to order an extension base.

Q. Can I paint my vinyl cupola?

A. Yes, you can paint your vinyl cupola with 100% acrylic latex paint. Choose a paint with a light reflective value (LVR) of 55 or higher. No special surface preparations are required prior to painting, but please make sure that the surfaces are clean and dry. Note: Once you paint your vinyl cupola, it is no longer considered maintenance free.

Q. How do I cover the hole in the top of the cupola?

A. The hole is intended to fit a weathervane, a traditional cupola addition. However, if you do not wish to add a weathervane, a Hole Plug Kit is available to cover the hole at the top of your cupola. Please contact one of our product experts at 1-800-919-1904 to order the Hole Plug Kit when you order your cupola.

Q. How long will the polished copper finish last?

A. We do not treat the polished copper roofs of the cupolas. So, within a few months, the weathervanes will lose their polished look and start to naturally tarnish. At first, the finish will turn dark, like an old copper penny. Then, after several years, the surface will begin to bloom with the beautiful natural patina for which copper is prized and admired. If you desire to keep the polished finish looking new, we recommend using a clear lacquer or polyurethane.

Q. How do I install my new cupola?

A. Installation instructions will be provided with your cupola. Click here to view the installation instructions.

Q. Which size cupola best fits my garage or home?

A. This is the simple rule for selecting the correct cupola size: 1.5" of copper cupola roof for every foot of uninterrupted ridgeline. To feel more confident about choosing the right size cupola for your roof, find a cardboard box that is close in size to the cupola that is determined by the 1.5" rule. Next, cut a V-shape in the box based on the angle of your roof. Then simply place the box on your roof. Now you can visually determine if the size is perfect or if you should choose a larger or smaller cupola.

Q. Should I be concerned about the height of the cupola?

A. No. All cupolas are designed and built to the proportion of the base size.

Q. Which style cupola should I choose for my garage or home?

A. The cupolas are available in the widest variety of styles, from traditional to contemporary, and they come in a couple of different materials, too. Because of this, we are confident you will find the perfect cupola at WoodlandDirect.com.