Monday, September 8, 2014

How Do I Install A Cupola?

Cupolas not only make gorgeous additions to a home, they're also easy to install. To install a cupola, screw two boards onto the roof, and straddle the roof with each board while making sure both boards are flat against the roof. Homeowners should also be sure that the boards are centered on the roof's peak. Once the boards are marked, another screw is placed on the roof pitch.

Next, remove the screws that hold the metal side panels of the base, but keep them to be reattached later on. Draw a line down the base's center and more lines from each corner to the center line. These are cutting lines, and when they're finished, use a jigsaw to cut from the corners to the center. If there's a ridge vent on the roof where the cupola is going, then the best thing to do is have the vent removed and replaced with cap shingles.

The next step to installing a cupola is to place several 2x4 pieces just inside the cupola base's inside walls and have them screwed into the roof. Next, it's time to install the cupola itself by placing the base on the 2x4 pieces and screwing it into place with the screws from earlier. To keep leaks at bay, a layer of silicone caulk will be needed where the base meets the roof. All that needs to be done now is to attach the mid-section to the base and the top section to the mid-section. If it comes with pre-drilled holes, simply place screws of the required size inside. If it doesn't, then use a cordless drill to drill holes where they're needed. These holes will also require a small amount of silicone caulk placed on them. With that, the job's done, and the cupola can stand proudly for many years to come.

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