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Commonly Asked Weathervane Questions

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Q: What is included in the weathervane?
A: All weathervane's include the figure, a solid 3/4" brass rod, a smaller brass rod that the figure swivels on, 2 copper spacer balls, and solid brass directional's in either polished or verdigris copper.

Q: How do I mount the weathervane?
A: The easiest and most affordable way to mount a weathervane is to use our #401AL adjustable roof mount. You may also place it on top of a cupola, on a floor stand for in your home, on the railing of a deck, on a stake for out in your yard or on a mantel stand.

Q: What is the weathervane made of?
A: The weathervane figure and spacer balls are made of pure copper. The directional's are made of solid brass, and the rod is solid brass on newer weather vane, solid steel on older models.

Q: What is the difference between the green and the polished finish?
A: The green finish is referred to as "patina." This is an artificial finish applied to give the weathervane the appearance of an antique. To some people, the polished finish is more appealing, while others just adore the green look. "Polished" is a bit more expensive due to the extra handling that is required. After assembly, these weathervane figures are placed on buffers to give them luster and shine.

Q: How long will the polished finish last?
A: Within approximately one month the weathervane will start to lose its polished look and begin to naturally tarnish on its own. It can take 20 years or more to achieve that "patina" that is desired by so many.

Q: Are the weathervane's easy to assemble?
A: Yes, all you need is a screwdriver. Instructions are included. All the parts slide onto the rod and are secured by set screws. White lithium grease is helpful when applied on the smaller mast so the weathervane moves easily with the wind.

Q: Can weathervane's be used indoors?
A: Yes. Some people like to decorate indoor with these beautiful ornaments. Who says they MUST go on a roof? NOT us!

Q: We live by the ocean and experience strong gusts of wind. Will the weathervane fall apart?
A: No. We recommend that you check to make sure that your weathervane figure spins freely after installation. It has a 5 year warrantee from the date of purchase that it will NOT fall apart. If it's hit by debris or tree branches, there is no warrantee.

Q: Which of the weathervane's are most popular?
A: The eagle, rooster, and horse have always been favorites. These figures are designs that date back to early colonial settlement.

Q: Which weathervane should I buy?
A: You should buy the weathervane that YOU like. The one that pleases YOU. Some people purchase one that identifies the area in which you live - like the Heron on Blue Heron Drive or the Rooster on Rooster Court. The Foxx family has a Fox weathervane, and so on. The possibilities are almost endless!

Q: If the weathervane is pointing south, does this mean that the wind is blowing from the north?
A: No! The weathervane figure will always point into the wind or from where the wind is blowing.

Q: Can I just buy the weathervane figure?
A: Yes. These figures make beautiful decorative pieces in the home. Call (888) 675-6245 for prices.

Q: Where can weathervane figures be placed indoors?
A: Weathervane's can be placed over fireplace mantels, on window sills, over kitchen cabinets, mounted on the wall, or on a display base on the floor or hearth utilizing our mounting and display options. The easiest and most affordable way to mount a weathervane is to use our #401AL adjustable roof mount. You may also place it on top of a cupola, on a floor stand for in your home, on the railing of a deck, on a stake for out in your yard or on a mantel stand.

Commonly Asked Cupolas Questions

Q: Which size cupola would look best for my garage, shed or home?
A: The simple rule for selecting the correct cupola is: 1-1/2" of cupola for every foot of uninterrupted roof line. That means if you have a two car garage, and it has an unbroken roof line of about 28 feet, then you multiply 28 x 1.5 = and you need ABOUT a 42" cupola, measuring at the base of the 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 would look best?
A: Cupolas with the Coventry copper top or Dover style are very traditional in appearance and would look good on ranch or colonial type homes.

Cupolas with the Huntington copper top or a Canterbury style are also a nice choice for colonial homes.

Q: How long will the polished copper finish last?
A: After about a month, the polished copper finish will tarnish to a brownish color. Over time the finish will become a brown - antiqued color and eventually green. (Also called verdigris, verde or patina).

You may lightly lacquer the copper top to delay tarnishing. However, discoloration, cracking or peeling will occur over time. It's not recommended to lacquer the copper on a cupola.

Q: What is roof pitch?
A: The roof pitch refers to the angle or the steepness of your roof. Builders can use a carpenter's square to find the angle of a roof. Extensions are available for steeper pitched roofs. Please call (888)675-6245 for pricing.

Q: Can I have my cupola screened against insects?
Yes, for an additional fee. Please Call (888)675-6245 for more information..

Weathervane History

The Weathervane - the enduring symbol of our dependence upon the wind and weather. Mankind has been testing the wind changes in weather and fortune for centuries. From raising a moistened finger to tossing blades of grass into the air, we have employed various methods for checking wind direction before embarking upon work or play.

By definition the weathervane, or weathercock as it is also called, is a figure that turns freely on a vertical rod and by virtue of its design, always points into the wind. Stated another way, the wind always comes from the direction in which the weathervane points.

Wherever people have settled, their reliance upon the weathervane has been as basic to them as grinding wheat for bread. The weathervane has always represented a simpler way of life, a life that is tied closely to nature. At the end of each day and with the dawning of the next, people have looked to the sky and studied the direction of their weathervane. They have plowed and sown, reaped and stored, worked and played, trusting the good directions of the wind that drove their fate.

Derived from the Old English word fane, meaning flag or banner, the weathervane was part of ancient cultures as early as 48 B.C. when a life-sized replica of the Greek god Triton was hoisted atop the Tower of Winds in Athens. Even then mankind realized that wind direction was the near certain indicator of weather patterns.

With the discovery of the New World and the colonization of what is now New England, weathervane's were proudly displayed from the high steeples of newly populated towns and cities as our ancestors blended cultures and traditions to become America.

At first, colonists merely copied the sculptured figures from their European roots. But with the passage of time, the subjects for their weathervane's changed and evolved to reflect the environment and character of the New World. New Englanders used symbols of their new frontier such as fish, seagulls and ships, since these were prevalent icons of coast-dwellers. As American pioneers moved westward and an agrarian populace developed, farmers designed and crafted their own figureheads including pigs and other farm animals, Indian figureheads and arrows, and especially horses.

As years passed, the creative art form became as important as the functionality. For this reason weathervane sculptures have been sought out as art, and it is a matter of record that some have sold for as much as five figures.

And now, as we've headed into a new millennium, people are forging a hole in cyberspace for things traditional: for reminders of a simpler time and a gentler pace, for a return to the garden and the deliberate timetable of nature, which won't be rushed or dictated to.

Whatever your personal reason for purchasing a weathervane, you are now a part of a great American tradition. Congratulations and may favorable winds blow your way!

Questions? Call us Toll Free 1-888-675-6245 for friendly, expert advice.

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