A cupola is something that you can attach to your garden gazebo yourself. You will find that this is something that is not difficult to do. Basically, a cupola is a very light type of structure that is put on the roof of your gazebo. As long as you have the proper tools and know how, this is something that is not difficult to install.
Step 1 – Measure
The first thing that you are going to have to do once you have selected the cupola that you will be using is to get out your carpenter’s square so that you can measure the ridge angles on your gazebo. Once you have the measurements, you will need to get a vertical centerline drawn all the way from the midpoint of where the V is to the base of the actual cupola that is on the marked side. It is important that the angles on both sides of the V are the exact same.
Step 2 – Saw
You will now need to get out your saw and cut along the lines that you recently marked. You will start at the base and go up the centerline. Make sure that you work slowly so that you are able to get the lines cut correctly.
Step 3 – Removal
A cupola that is installed onto a gazebo will need to have the ridge cap portion of it cut off and removed. You will find that the cap is what will rest right below the actual cupola. It will help it to fit up against your gazebo tightly against the gazebo roof. You will want it to be between the 2 different cut portions of your ridge cap.
Step 4 – Set
You are now ready to get your cupola set on top of the roof of your gazebo. Make sure that it is level and also snug up against it. Holes that are about 3 inches from the corners will then need to be drilled. Wood screws will need to be used so that you can get the right amount of length so that the roof can be penetrated. Caulk the base as well as the roof and then fill in the screw holes.
Step 5 – Considerations
If you decide that you want to paint the cupola, then you should first use 2 coats of oil based primer. Remember that once you have cut your base to fit onto the roof, you will need to get the edges that have been cut sealed using silicone caulking. If you are unable to use caulking, then use multiple coats of your oil based primer. If the cut edges have been sealed, then keep in mind that any water that enters the base will cause rot.