Now that we introduced you to their nature and history, it is time to start considering your perfect match of weathervane. Going simpler, how to choose the correct weathervane?
You basically have four important considerations to make when selecting ‘the right’ weathervane for you:
- Choosing a suitable location for your weathervane
- Matching the size of the weathervane to your chosen location
- Finding a weathervane design that you like.
- Deciding what material used in the construction of the weathervane is the best for your location.
Weathervanes can be installed on the ridge of a building, the eaves of a house or shed (long offset bracket required) on fence posts, free standing in the garden or on a table or other flat surface near your BBQ or outdoor entertaining area.
When you choose the right weathervane for your home or garden it’s wise to consider the wind vane’s proportions in respect to the area to be placed in. The size you need can be a bit hard to judge so we often suggest to our clients that they send us a photo with some dimensions so that we can superimpose the design on their photo and work out the most aesthetically pleasing size.
Designs can basically be anything you like. Being an Australian company we have a range of Australian weather vanes featuring our native birds and animals. Some people want to have their business logo while others enjoy traditional designs. Sporting images are also very popular and lately we have been designing and making custom works that are hand painted portraits of much loved family pets. Those vanes serve to be a beautiful memorial to the fur baby who has travelled over the Rainbow Bridge. Unfortunately, they are very time consuming to create so we are quite limited in the number we can produce.
Design materials can include plastic, wood, copper, brass, tin, mild steel and stainless steel. Durability can vary considerably with the most enduring being stainless steel, copper and brass which may last hundreds of years.
When you consider the available options and are guided by them, you will always be making a sound decision to choose the right weathervane for you.
If you are looking for a decorative accent to blend into your home décor, consider tabletop weathervanes that come with a base and stand. Much smaller than the traditional outdoor weathervanes they can be used to add an interesting focal point in your art decor.
The cottage or garden weathervanes are usually mounted on a pole and generally measure from 1600mm to 2400mm tall to the top of the image. This height allows them to be easily visible from the house so that you can enjoy your garden weathervane and to be seen and admired by your neighbours and visitors. Often one painted white looks stunning against the greenery.
The designs in garden weathervanes have always varied a lot and the available ornaments have experienced rapid growth over the past few years. Still, you must have in mind that a garden weathervane will not be as accurate or effective as a wind direction tool that we talked about previously. Because the wind tends to eddy around building and trees, the wind vane will respond to the changes barriers to the wind produce. Nevertheless, they add a decorative and artistic flair and also a touch of class to your garden design.
Because of the wind’s lack of presence near to the ground at some times, the garden weathervanes should have sufficient height to react and move.
Rooftop weathervanes, on the other side, have been the most popular styles over the years. Usually ranging in heights from 700mm to 1400mm, they are appropriately proportioned to the height on any roof. The nature of the weathervanes always presents an attractive addition to your outdoor décor.
Finally, a tip from us that you must consider is not to choose large weathervanes just to be noticed, but rather pick the right sizes for your area, to enjoy their beauty, movement and quality.