Order Status & General

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Weathervanes

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The weathervane figure and spacer balls are made from 100% pure copper. The directionals are made of solid brass, and the assembly rod is made of powder-coated steel.

For mounting directly on the roof use our 401AL Adjustable Roof Mount. In addition you can mount your weathervane atop a cupola, visit our cupolas for a wide selection of styles and sizes. We offer a variety of options so as not to limit where you can display your weathervane with pride!

Roof mounts are sold separately.  They are only included with our Cottage weathervanes.

Most cupolas have a bracket inside the roof cavity to accept the weathervane rod.  If not, contact us more information on how to properly install.

Winged or 3D pieces come with a retaining clip to keep them from flying off their rod with a strong gust of wind.  Designs that don’t come with a retaining clip are not susceptible to taking flight.

This model is substantial enough that wind gusts don’t lift them off of their rods.

Ask your sales rep to send you a cupola rod to ensure your weathervane fits your GD cupola.  We can send you this cupola rod for your non-GD cupola as well.  Most cupolas have a bracket inside the roof cavity to accept the weathervane rod.  If not, contact your cupola’s manufacturer or us to help you further.

Typically, the weathervane length shouldn’t be more than 2” or less than 2” on each end of the cupola area.  This is a general rule of thumb, and sizing can vary based on personal preference.

Our weathervanes are mostly offered in two finishes.  Polished weathervanes are raw copper & are placed on buffers to give them luster and shine.  Blue Verde is an antiqued finish, which gives the appearance of aged copper.  However, we have introduced a variety of NEW finishes on select products, see below:

Within a few months, the copper will lose its shine and start to naturally tarnish. We offer Incralac Lacquer Spray, a product that protects and maintains the polished finish of copper and brass that can be applied to preserve the look of raw copper.

Yes, our weathervanes do require some assembly. Instructions are included with each order. All you need is a screwdriver and the parts simply slide onto the assembly rod and are secured by set screws. We do suggest a thread-locking adhesive when assembling the rods. In addition, check out our videos.

The directionals should remain stationary at all times pointed in the correct direction. The weathervane figure will move and point into the wind or from where the wind is blowing.

We have three sizes to choose from: The Cottage Weathervanes are smaller versions of our classic Standard Size line and are specifically designed for mounting on smaller structures (for example, sheds and pool houses) or for use in the garden. The more traditional Standard Size Weathervanes are designed to fit most homes, garages, or gazebos. Our largest line, The Estate Series, is designed to complement larger homes, barns, or commercial buildings.

It will be shipped via UPS or FedEx unless stated otherwise.

Yes, these figures make beautiful accents to any home. Our mantle bases are a handsome way to display a weathervane.

The small copper ball rests on top of the bottom rod.  It sits right where the top rod and bottom rod connect.

Definitely, gently tighten the screw holding the brass ring. If tightened too tight it can strip and break. If this happens, let us know and we’ll send a new one at no charge.

Check with your local licensed electrician.  We have never heard of anyone needing to ground their weathervane, however, we are not professionals in this field and recommend contacting a professional.

We are set up to manufacture only our catalog of designs.  If you’d like one we don’t offer, please contact us and we can recommend a custom coppersmith.

Cupolas

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We use the highest quality materials in the industry, backed by our Lifetime Warranty on all vinyl cupolas. Our vinyl cupolas are fabricated from Royal Brand solid cellular PVC vinyl, which is maintenance free and rot free. Our wood cupolas are made from cypress, a very durable hardwood. Except for the Kent model, all of our cupolas have a 100% pure copper roof.

Cupolas up to and including 26" ship via UPS. Larger size cupolas ship via motor freight.

The cupola is measured at its roofline, which is the widest part of the cupola.

A good rule of thumb for selecting the correct cupola is 1.50" of square cupola size for every foot of unbroken roofline. The key is the unbroken roofline. For example 1.50" of cupola x 24' unbroken roofline = the minimum cupola roof size of 36.” Our experience tells us this formula provides a balance between the cupola and the roof.

This can be subjective - however, it’s ideal the weathervane length is no more than a few inches outside the width of the cupola. This tends to be the most aesthetically pleasing and in our opinion, looks the best.  Our experience tells us this formula provides a balance between the weathervane and the cupola.

UPS shipments do not require a signature. Motor freight shipments are scheduled by appointment and do require a signature. Liftgate service may be necessary to remove the cupola from the truck.

All Good Directions cupolas come "weathervane ready.” Each cupola is built with an internal bracket for mounting the weathervane. No additional hardware is required. 

Exception

If your cupola is 30-36” square you’ll require an 11” extension rod.  Cupolas 42-54” require a 24” extension rod.  Cupolas 60” and larger require two 24” extension rods.  


See the cupola installation video here.  Check out timeline 3:15 to 4:18 that demonstrates installing a Good Directions weathervane on a Good Directions cupola.

The roof pitch refers to the angle or the steepness of the roof. A carpenter's square can be used to find the angle of the roof. Our cupolas are designed for a roof pitch up to 10/12. If your roof is steeper (for example 12/12 or 14/12) an extended base will be needed.  Please share with our cupola specialist when ordering if your roof pitch is steeper than 10/12.

The cupolas are built with a 3/32" thick single strength glass.

One of the glass window sides will have hinges enabling you to get inside the cupola.

Each cupola arrives in three pieces for installation. A complete installation guide is included with every cupola.  An installation video is available here as well. 

All of our louvered cupolas can be used for ventilation.  However, we find most people use them to add a decorative touch to their rooflines. 

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Our Vinyl cupolas do not require painting but they can be painted with 100% acrylic latex paint.

We use 16 oz., 24 gauge copper.

Within a few months, the copper will lose its shine and start to naturally tarnish. We offer Incralac Lacquer Spray, a product that protects and maintains the polished finish of copper and brass that can be applied before installing  to preserve the look of raw copper.

Birding

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Finials

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Hose Pots

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Rain chains

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Spark Screens & Fire Bowls

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Torches

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