Understanding the Function of a Cupola

When you are considering building outdoor structures, it helps to be familiar with the different options that are available. Different types of outdoor structures can serve different purposes. In this quick guide, we will look at the benefits and uses of cupola construction. Let’s get started.

What Is A Cupola?

A cupola is a type of architectural design that graces the top of outdoor structures. In the past, cupolas could be seen on the tops of cathedrals, castles, and government offices. The word is from Latin and means small cup. Today, cupolas are used to enhance the look and functionality of garages, houses, offices, barns, and other types of buildings. Let’s look at some of the benefits of this type of cupola construction.


The cupola serves an aesthetic purpose as it can alter the appearance of just about any structure. Cupolas help to accentuate the height of a building. It can become the focal point that helps to draw the eyes while also improving the overall design of your structure. The cupola cap can be designed to be square, octagonal, or even bell-shaped. This gives you more options for design.


Cupolas aren’t all about appearance, though. When the cupola comes with a louvered vent, it can also help to circulate air through attic spaces and send moisture back outside. This helps to protect your attic space from mold and rot which can be very damaging. In addition, having this extra ventilation also helps to keep your home or building cooler. During the winter, the cupola helps snow to slide off the roof more easily which also helps to prevent moisture buildup and damage.


Cupolas that are built by skilled Amish craftsmen, are made to last. These structures are made of the finest materials so that they will last for generations.

The Louvered Cupola?

Some cupolas are designed to have louvered ventilation. Louvered vents are adjustable, horizontal slats that can be tilted to allow in fresh air and light, while also keeping out rain and direct sunlight. People spend on average about 90% of their time inside, so it’s good to have options in your construction that allow for good ventilation and lighting. A louvered cupola can help to provide this.

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