Stained Glass Weathervanes

Written by Patty Yu
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Decorating a house holds endless options, from handcrafted cupolas to stained glass weathervanes as interesting, but functional adornment possibilities. Home and garden decor can be personalized to your specific tastes, whether you decorate everything yourself, or hire a designer. Some enthusiasts enjoy displaying a collection of weathervanes in the garden.

Cupolas, Finials, and Stained Glass Weathervanes

We see cupolas all the time on buildings like churches, barns, stables, and school, but may not have known they are called cupolas! Cupolas are often known best as the little domed structure adorning churches and schools, with a little roof of its own and a bell underneath. These structures are often intended to provide some escape for hot air, and allow additional light into the building below.

Since cupolas have a small roof with an apex, you'll frequently see finials attached to that point. Throughout history, finials held a strong presence in many architectural periods as both a decorative, yet functional ornamental cap. By covering the apex of a structure such as a tower or gazebo, the finial prevents water from accumulating at the top of a structure, therefore preventing weather damage.

Copper and stained glass weathervanes are also commonly seen attached to the top of cupolas. They are also found attached to various rooftops, or displayed in some other method. Weathervanes rotate to show wind direction how they are designed, and come in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes. Animal shape, crosswind, and stained glass weathervanes are just a few examples of your options.

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