More About Dalvento Finials

More About Dalvento Finials

"Finial" is a term used in architecture to describe the ornamental top a roof, gable, turret, or peak. Generally, a finial is made of a base and a spire, some being more elaborate than others. Although the word finial was first used in the 15 th century, these architectural accents have been around much longer. For centuries, finials have been used as decoration atop the great castles, chteaux. estates, and buildings of all sorts around the world. Finials have become popular in North America as people utilize them to complement their homes, barns, shops, offices, garages, yards, gardens and even feature them as interior dcor.

Finials are not just for the rooftop anymore. However, it was once rumored that finials were believed to act as a deterrent keeping witches on broomsticks from landing on your roof. The word finial is derived from the word final. and in fact, finials often do provide the final or finishing touch on many structures. They are the pinnacle of many buildings, the cherry on top of the sundae.

Manufacturing Details

All cutting, forming, welding, and finishing of Dalvento finials is done by hand using time-proven old-world methods. This craftsman’s touch gives each final it’s one-of-a-kind look making your finial specific to you.

Each Dalvento finial comes complete with a 3/4" diameter powder coated black steel rod, making it ready for mounting into a standard roof mount, garden pole, or floor base.

Every Dalvento finial contains an interior brass shaft for support and greater durability. This brass shaft allows the finial

to be placed atop it’s powder-coated steel rod making it ready to display in a roof mount, garden pole, or display base. All Dalvento copper finials are hand-crafted from 20oz (22 gauge) copper sheet. All Dalvento steel finials are hand-crafted from 24 gauge (16oz) steel sheet. Note: Industry standards measure copper sheet in ounces (oz) per square foot, while steel sheet is measured in gauge format. (Don’t worry, it confuses a lot of people.)

Available in many styles, sizes, colors, and materials, there is a Dalvento finial that will suit almost anyone’s needs.

Maintenance

Dalvento finials are built to outlast most of the roofs they so often adorn. However, over time, alterations may wish to be made. Here are some guidelines predicated on the base metal of the finial.

More About Dalvento Finials

Copper. Copper finials will patina naturally over time turning brown after a few years (like an old penny). Then after several years, they will develop a green patina bloom that will continue over the decades of it’s life. To keep the polished finish on copper finials, apply two coats of lacquer spray (available at your local hardware store). This should keep your finial looking shiny and new for years to come. Note: Once you spray copper with a lacquer, it is very difficult reverse the process so that a natural patina will form.

Steel: All Dalvento Steel finials have been powder-coated or metal-plated and will last for many many years. However, should the need arise, steel finials can be repainted when desired. To repaint steel finials, we recommend giving them a thorough cleaning, including scrubbing them to create better adhesion for your paint of choice. For best results use two coats of zinc-based primer, one coat of micaceous iron oxide (MIO) and two coats of gloss paint (all available at your local hardware store).

You can use slightly different colors in the undercoat to get a richer fuller effect.

Warranty

All Dalvento finials are warranted for three years from any manufacturers defects. Dalvento will replace any finial with signs of manufacturer defects.

To learn more about us, or inquire about our products, you can Contact Us by email: Contact@Dalvento.com or by phone: 1-877-798-9364.

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