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Mounting a Copper Weather Vane or Finial

If you are planning a new building or restoration,
please consider the type of weathervane mounting you will need well before construction begins.
In this way we can help you plan the simplest, most secure method.

All Denninger weathervanes are provided with a super strong stainless steel rod for standard mounting as per diagram #1 (A) or #4 (B).
You may upgrade to a decorative brass sleeve over the stainless steel for an additional $75.00

Please contact us if you have any further questions
about the mounting of a Denninger Weather Vane or Finial.
There can be variations depending on your specific roof construction.
Additional rod lengths or custom mounting brackets will be priced accordingly.


1. (A) Traditional mounting of a weather vane into a cupola, tower, turret, steeple or gazebo with a headblock, or on a ridge with a ridgepole

This is the "old fashioned" traditional way of mounting a weather vane. It is still fine today for vanes up to 36" wide. Standard 28 1/2" long rod allows for 8 - 9" to be inserted into headblock or ridgepole and 16 - 20" to be exposed above the apex of roof. This method requires caulking for waterproofing.

basic mount

2. Mounting a weather vane with a Denninger Scroll Bracket ©

Scroll Brackets © work great on straight ridges and also on towers, turrets and gazebos. Denninger Scroll Brackets are not sold seperately, they can be purchased only with the purchase of a weather vane.

Scroll Bracket

Item: 3-legged Scroll Bracket © - Stainless Steel $150

Item: 4-legged Scroll Bracket © - Stainless Steel $175

Order Scroll Bracket ©


3. Mounting a weather vane or finial through a headblock to a brace below

This is a Denninger recommended system. The collar and neoprene washer are drawn tight against your perfectly flat cap to provide a long lasting waterproof seal. Easy to plumb. Supports any size weather vane or finial securely. Apex of roof must have at least 3" square flat area backed up with solid material for collar and washer to rest on. (approx. $100 extra)

Brace mount

4. (B) Mounting a weather vane or finial in a cupola, tower, turret, steeple or gazebo with a headblock, or on a ridge with a ridgepole.

This is our most often used and recommended mounting. Prepare your roof with this headblock and brace system built in, for an easy and secure mount. (You can even install a brace between two trusses to act as the headblock) A Denninger standard weather vane rod for a 24 - 30" wide vane allows for 8 - 9" below apex of roof and 16 - 20" of rod exposed above apex. Larger sized vanes will need longer and larger diameter rods. Extra rod length is available at $10/foot.

Cupola mountMounting #4 with threaded rod, nuts & washers

5. Mounting a weather vane with a copper cap.

A. This is the traditional weather vane mount with the addition of a copper cap and funnel, used on towers, turrets and gazebos. This is usually the easiest method for mounting a vane on existing structures.

B. For vanes over 36" wide, use this method. For new construction, pre-drill the headblock and brace for easy installation. (approx. $75 extra plus price of cap)

To make a cap for you, we will need to know the pitch of your roof (ie: ?/12) and the number of sides.

Note: We cannot provide a standard pitch cap to fit a tile roof - you must have a local coppersmith make you a custom-fitted cap.

W.V. and Cap mount

See Denninger Caps, Garnitures and Finials for prices of caps.


6. Mounting a Denninger Finial and Cap

Use this method for easy and secure mounting of our finials with attached caps on towers, turrets and gazebos. To make a cap for you, we will need to know the pitch of your roof (ie: ?/12) and the number of sides.

Note: We cannot provide a standard pitch cap to fit a tile roof - you must have a local coppersmith make you a custom-fitted cap.

Finial & Cap mount

7. Mounting a Denninger Finial and Cap taller than 48"

Use this method for easy and secure mounting of our larger finials with attached caps on towers, turrets and gazebos. (approx. $75 extra) To make a cap for you, we will need to know the pitch of your roof (ie: ?/12) and the number of sides.

Note: We cannot provide a standard pitch cap to fit a tile roof - you must have a local coppersmith make you a custom-fitted cap.

Large Finial mount

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