In an age where you can quickly look at an app to find out if it is raining, you might think that unique weathervanes serve no real purpose anymore.
Weathervanes have an important place in history. Most of today’s rooftop and garden weathervanes are installed primarily for looks. It is not uncommon to see weathervanes on top of garages and barns.
That said, weathervanes are functional and beautiful, even if they are not always used for their original purpose. They are still well-loved architectural features.
A History of Weathervanes
Unique weathervanes date back to ancient Greece. They were regularly used well into the 20th century by farmers and other outdoor workers. Children grew up learning how to “read” the weather based on sky conditions and the direction and strength of the wind.
Weathervanes helped with planting and harvesting. They also gave useful information to people who could read current conditions and predict the weather. This information affected the safety of people on land or at sea.
How Weathervanes Work
All weathervanes are made so weight is distributed evenly on each side of the center rod. The side with the larger surface area is blown by the wind. This makes the weathervane point towards the side with the smaller surface. Most weathervanes have directions fixed below the arrow. These directions will tell you if your weathervane is pointing North, South, East, or West. Or if it is pointing somewhere in between!
Shop for a Unique Weathervane
Whitehall weathervanes are made of metal, copper, or cast aluminum. Their metal castings are world-renowned for their elegance and intricate detail. We also have copper weathervanes by Good Directions. All of them are designed to spin around and point in the direction of the wind. Our weathervanes are typically mounted to the top of a roof, attached to a cupola, or on a post. There are a lot more types of weathervanes than just the classic rooster weathervane. Check out the styles we carry!
The MailboxWorks has a unique weathervane for every taste! Our Home and Garden catalog has everything from horse weathervanes to automobile weathervanes. There is another collection of magical styles. We have a dragon, unicorn, and a mermaid weathervane! Our collection of animal weathervanes includes whales, eagles, pigs, rabbits, horses, bears, deer, and more! Most of our weathervanes come with various mounting options and hardware. These include a roof mount, cupola extension rod, or a garden pole.
Do not forget that we also carry cupolas for mounting our weathervanes. We also carry outdoor garden finials. The MailboxWorks invites you to browse our entire Garden Accessories catalog!
Weathervanes are still popular additions to a cupola, even on brand new houses. Modern weathervane designs range from the traditional rooster style to whimsical designs like mermaids, lighthouses, and trains.
Weathervanes are still loved. They continue to be added to new homes and buildings by owners who appreciate their unique place in architectural history. It is not uncommon to find homes in urban areas with farm animal weathervanes on their roofs or garages. We carry other animals as well!
Most people who install weathervanes today do so for their architectural beauty. That is why garden weathervanes have grown in popularity. Themed garden weathervanes should be oriented to take advantage of winds. This is so the beauty of a garden weathervane will also remain functional.
To work properly, you will need to install a weathervane high off the ground. It is also important to keep it away from objects that might interfere with the wind direction. Many people are surprised when they discover just how large a weathervane has to be so you can read it from ground level! Our themed designs include golfing, lighthouses, and horse and carriage weathervanes.
Order Unique Weathervanes Online
The types of cupola or unique weathervane you choose will show that you have a sense of style with attention to detail. Learn more about our selection of copper & aluminum cast weathervanes.
You can buy weathervanes online at the MailboxWorks. For more information about our Good Directions and Whitehall weathervane products, please contact us online or call us toll-free at 1-866-717-4943.