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Published: Wednesday, 3/15/2006

Topping Off With Cupolas

Much like a cherry sitting on top of an ice cream sundae, a cupola perched atop a roof can complete the look of a home. These decorative structures oftentimes can be found adorning garages, attic areas or the main portion of the house.

A new selection of venting and non-venting cupolas offers homeowners easy maintenance and a variety of style options to increase the curb appeal of their homes. Cupolas can range in height from about five feet tall to more than seven feet tall.

Cupolas are an architectural statement on a home, according to William E. Poole, a leader in American home design. A cupola s design reflects the style of the home and provides visual appeal.

Low-maintenance cupolas are made of cellular PVC for the base and roof support. The sill, crown moulding and louvers are made of urethane. Both the PVC and urethane resist water penetration and absorption, rot, insect infestations, weather damage and warping, making the cupolas durable and long-lasting. Real copper roofs that will age with time crown each cupola. Openings at the top of the cupola allow homeowners to have a weather vane of their choice added to the structure.

Cupola designs can have bell, pagoda and hipped roof styles, says Poole. The center portions can be vented or non-vented with decorative accents including louvers, glass or wren birdhouses. This makes it exceptionally easy for homeowners to select a cupola style that meets their exact needs.

Cupolas with both octagonal and square bases allow for easy installation on either flat surfaces or peaked roofs. The cupolas come in three sections: a base, center section and the roof.

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