We have all driven through colonial neighborhoods, and seen the colonial cupolas that Maryland roofer’s have installed. Cupolas come in big and small sizes; you see them on churches, houses, cathedrals, and even birdhouses at times. However, what is the history of the colonial cupola, and how did it become such a common addition to colonial structures?
A cupola is sometimes thought of as a tiny house on top of a larger building. A cupola is a small dome shaped structure that sits on top of a roof; this tiny structure is a distinguishing mark for colonial buildings, just like the boxy frames and classic white pillars.
Cupolas can be traced back in history to the eighth-century and are part of Islamic architecture. The style became popular in the United States during the post-revolutionary period.
While cupolas are graceful and pretty, they do have functions as well. Cupolas let in light and are used for ventilation. Cupolas also provide weather protection, and when first invented were used as lookouts.
Cupolas are most common in the states of Virginia and Kentucky; however, a good Maryland roofer will know how to build one as well.
There are also benefits to building a cupola for your colonial period house. They allow proper ventilation, which helps to prevent mildew, wood rot, peeling paint, and those nasty musty odors that are associated with moisture build up.
An interesting thing to note, is that the word cupola is derived from the Latin word cupula, and means small cup.
Not only are cupolas economical, save on home repairs and wear and tear, installing one will make you the envy of your friends. Cupolas are graceful, elegant, and a pretty thing to brag about to your friends.
If you are looking for a Maryland roofer for any repairs, the representatives at Central Roofing and Siding will be happy to give you a quote.