Adding a Decorative Touch to Our Custom Turret & Gazebo Roof Caps Information Page

 Updated 2 / 2017

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Roof Cap Tail Designs:

CBD can also add a decorative touch to a copper roof cap order, as opposed to just a simple cap to lay flat on the shingles.  If you are drawn to these sort of classic lines this is for you. You can click on this photo to link over to our Roof Cap Tail Design web page, as this is only one example out of many.

On these web pages you will find lots of photos of the custom roof caps we have made over the years, along with the sizes and cost of those caps to give you an idea of the cost range and what it gets you.  Along with several pictures link to other web pages that have more detailed descriptions of these caps and even show step-by-step of how they were made.  Since all the caps we make are custom to order, we will need to know:
(a) how many sides the roof has,
(b) the pitch of your roof.
(c) how wide it is,
(d) the size of cap you want,
(e) what design details and styles you want,

This way we can write up a quote for your consideration and suggest appropriate options you may not have considered, or knew were possible. Click on the photo above to see a collection of different roof cap tail designs we offer. We are not limited to these designs. We can recreate most anything you can diagram.

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Full Scallop Tails
 
Right Angle
Diamond Tails
 
Soft Scallop Tails
 
Reversed Soft Scallop Tails
 
Octagonal Tails
 
Flame Tails

Weathervanes & Finials:

Traditionally a roof peak cap on a turret or gazebo roof is a great place to add a decorative weathervane or finial to your roof top.  We could make the weathervanes or finials pictured here, but they would cost 3 to 4 times as much, so we feel it is not worth that cost unless there is a very special design not featured out of the 14 finials and 97 weathervanes we sell for Good Directions on our Weathervane & Finials web page. We sell them and custom fit them to our cap designs, but you are not required to buy them through us.  On request, we make a sealed support built into the cap for a good strong support that is independent of the roof.  If you want to combine this with one of our cap designs; we will need to know this up front, so that we can make sure they will work just right with your roof angles and price it into our quote.  These decoration support pipes add $125 to the roof cap cost plus what extra copper is needed for the smaller steeple cone cap to hold the top of the pipe.

Another way to build an internal weathervane or finial support pipe in the new cap is to make the cap steeper than the roof, so there is a hollow space above the roof peak. Or you would need to have the roof peak cut down about a foot from the peak.  This way we can make an upper and a lower support for that pipe we install in the center to insert the decoration into.  The bottom of the pipe is capped off to seal it.  We also provide the caulk and copper shims to lock the shaft in place, so it will not rotate.  It is still be removable in case you change your mind, or find a decoration you like better.  Also, in case some sort of damage occurs to that decoration, it then can be repaired or changed.  We also provide an extra copper pipe cap to place over this pipe, incase the decoration is not ready for installation at the same time.

Warning:
Drilling a hole in the roof peak for a weathervane or finial support will not last very long and is highly prone to leaks into the roof.  The wood is too soft for a support, and high winds will work the decoration loose to open up the seal at the tip.  That will causing leaks and a crooked decoration that will no longer rotate as it should.  They do sell steel roof supports like this that screw down over the roofing, but they will cause rust stains and also begin to leak within a a few years. Our type of support removes the need to have a hole drilled in the peak of the roof, since the support is all above the roof peak. See our different Roof Cap Fabrication web pages to better see what we are talking about.


Merlin Style Finial

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Sturdy Roof Mounts:

This photo is a example of why we offer an alternative to the way most weathervanes and finials are mounted and sealed to the peak of a roof. I took this photo to show to this client this problem I found when up on their roof replacing their gutters. There is no roof cap over this 4 sided turret, and this weathervane support was bolted on the back side to hide it from the street view. It is mount is very rusty as you can see. If that was not bad enough; you can see how the receiver pipe here was cracked down the side, so there is not nearly as much holding their horse shaped weathervane in place as they thought. Also, the lag screws holding this mount to the roof were never caulked, so even if they are not leaking into the house there will be water getting in around the threads and rotting out the wood they are screwed into. This means it will begin to strip out over time.

We have the bottom of this pipe double sealed. First with a 3/4" pipe cap soldered on the end of the support pipe. Then a larger coupling is put over this slid down and capped, so we have something to rivet into without compromising the main support pipe.

 

This solder may be water tight, but better safe than sorry, so we double seal this junction with caulk and a tape to help keep the caulk sealed from oxygen corrosion. We are hoping for this to last a good century, so this is the time to do what we can to maximize it's potential.

We go the extra mile to build the best custom wood frame crates you are likely to see for which to ship these in. This is to avoid the time delay if these were to get damaged in transit and need to be shipped back to us for repairs or replacement. We then cover this frame with a 1/4" hardwood plywood glued and screwed over this frame.

This client was kind enough to share this installed image with us to share with you. As you can see the tarnish has begun within just a couple months of exposure.

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Do we pre-installed weathervanes or finals?

We customize the mount shown above for a weathervane or finial to go together w/o a hitch, yet remain removable to be interchangeable later on in the event you find a decoration you like even better down the road, or if the decoration you have gets damaged and needs replaced. To permanently install ornaments makes the roof cap more difficult to install and more expensive to make any changes.  We recommend having these decoration installed after the cap is installed for several reasons;
(a) it costs a lot more to to make and ship a much taller crate.
(b) Since these decorations are made with very thin copper; there is a lot greater risk of the decoration getting damaged in transit or during installation, as we have no control over that stage of this process.
(c) the cap is easier to install, since it is shorter and lighter to lift into position.
(d) With a decoration in place it would be near impossible to check the leveling of the cap during installation. The mast or a wood dowel can be inserted in the support pipe to check the vertical alignment before the cap gets screwed down to the roof.  It terrible to have the roof cap screwed down, only to later find it was crooked, which would just add more holes to your roof.
(e)  If later on you decide you want swap this out for something different, changing out the decoration is not such an intimidating mystery for you.

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Helpful Roofing Information
For some valuable advice with regards to roofing and rain management issues check out our:

(a) Gutter Installation
(b) Gutter Debris Protection Options
(c) Roofing Quality Standards
(d) Chimney Flashing

(e) Moss Control & Treatment

web pages for answers and solutions that could save you thousands of $ and a great deal of anguish.

If you do find this information very helpful, feel free to send us a $ tip for the assistance we so freely have published on the web here for your benefit, like you might tip a waitress.  Heck, send us a gift certificate for a candle lit dinner for two.

 

Below is a photo of our
Better Business Bureau's
NW Business Integrity Award
for the year 1998

1999 Better Business Award

We were also a 1997 finalist for this same award. See our referral web page to see how we managed to be honored with this special award

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