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common feature custom horse barn builders in Montana install on pole barns are cupolas. However, cupolas aren’t just a feature among pole barns; they’re a feature among many historical, ornate buildings too. Having been around for centuries, cupolas are extremely important, but many people don’t understand their purpose. So what are cupolas on agricultural buildings in Montana and what role do they play?

Structure of Cupolas

A cupola is a small, dome-like structure that projects from the top of a roof. These structures range in size, shape, and ornamental characteristics. There are three parts to a cupola: base, vent, and cap. The vents can either be windows, slats, or even screens. Depending on the building design, the cap can come in a variety of geometric shapes. For farm buildings in Montana, the cap is typically pyramid-shaped. For added décor, a cupola typically has a weathervane atop of it. 

Purpose of Cupolas

The ultimate purpose of installing a cupola on a pole building in Montana is for ventilation. Farmers long ago realized that their attempt at keeping a barn tight in the winter by covering any and all cracks ultimately resulted in severe damage. Why? Because there was no proper ventilation.   

Since then, cupolas have been installed on barns to allow air to escape and keep the building at a comfortable temperature. Along with ventilation, cupolas also add a nice, finishing touch to custom pole barns in Montana and bring in natural lighting to the interior.   

Add a Cupola to Your Pole Building in Montana! 

Now that you know a little more about that little box that projects from a roof, why wouldn’t you add one to your new barn? To learn more about adding a cupola to your barn, contact our Amish barn builders in Montana at MQS Barns!