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Weathervane as Roof Decor

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You might be the one who is like me. When I was a child, I liked to watch the weather. The way it always changed, from sunny to rainy, from rainy to snowy. I liked to run along with the wind, to stand still and see if I could fly with the wind, like a small bird, though I didn’t have any wings, I could feel the push of that air, that strong moving source, and actually I did move, of course, did not fly. I always wondered whether I could make something special, something that could measure to see how strong the wind was. My next door neighbor had a weathervane on the roof of his house that moved from side to side, slowly, fast, or stayed still. Every time when it was windy, I watched its move, and I did want to have one on our house’s roof and I wanted to know more about weathervanes.

A Girl and a Swan

A Girl and a Swan


You can easily accent and give a great touch to the roof of your house, having installed a weathervane. This classic ornament is as decorative as it is functional, with different shapes and designs. This decorative work of art does a lot more than just looks pretty sitting on the roof. It often features the traditional cockerel design with letter indicating the points of the compass. Other common motifs include ships, arrows, and horses. Not all vanes have pointers.

Direction and Operation

The design of a weathervane is such that the center of gravity is directly over the pivotal axis, so that the pointer can move freely on its axis, but the surface area is unequally divided. The side with the larger area is blown away from the wind direction, so that the smaller side, with the pointer, is pivoted to face into the wind direction. Most of the weathervanes come with markers underneath the pointer that indicate the four directions: north, south, west and east.  The apparatus have to be correctly aligned by the installer so as to point to the correct direction. It is very preferably that weathervanes have to be mounted somewhere where it will receive the full force of a wind without any tress, structures or other things blocking or reflecting the breeze.  Knowing which way the wind is blowing is very useful. Winds from different directions have different characteristics. For example, winds from the south are often humid and warm, while winds from the north are generally cold and dry.


The earliest recorded weather vane honored the Greek god Triton, and adorned the Tower of the Winds in Athens which was built by the astronomer Andronicus in 48 B.C. The figure, which is believed to have been 4 to 8 feet long, had the head and torso of a man and the tail of a fish.  Archeologists have discovered bronze Viking weathervanes from the 9th century. They have an unusual quadrat shape, usually surmounted by an animal or creature from Norse fable. They were commonly used on Viking ships, and were also popular on Scandinavian churches. These weathervanes can be seen even today in Sweden and Norway.

Weathervane as Décor

Handcrafted weathervanes add a touch of elegance to any sized home, barn or garden gazebo. Estate weathervanes are perfect complement for larger homes, barns, cupolas and commercial buildings. Mounting hardware and accessories provide a wide array of options for weathervane display.

Seasonal Weathervane

What can be more attractive and appealing for your house roof than a seasonal weathervane? Create a holiday atmosphere not just by decorating the yard surroundings, but with the weathervanes as well.

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One comment

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    September 4, 2014 at 6:40 am

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