By: John Morris

People don't think that it's important, but the appearance of your house outside is just as vital as the interior decorations. When you bring people to your house, the first thing they will see is the outside appearance. If you have a crappy look outside, even if your house has a great design and well built inside, they will always have that impression that your house is terrible because of the outside appearance. More and more people are conscious about their house's outside appearance as time goes by.

- Yard decorations
- Custom mailboxes
- Wind chimes
- Birdbaths

1. Why Weather Vanes?

People want their yards to look good and ornaments of different sorts that shout their personality and individuality are being bought and decorated on the exterior of their house. These decorations got almost all of the places in the hose covered: the lawn, the porch, the garden, the fences and almost everything that you can see outside your house may be decorated. After much decorating, you might notice that there's still something missing. Somehow, you're still missing something. And you know what? You probably forgot o decorate your roof. The popular decoration and personalization of roofs are weather vanes. Weather vanes are those things perched on top of the roof of the house. These weather vanes are useful if you want to know what direction the wind is blowing.

2. They're Also Functional

Most weather vanes may be seen in airports and other structures where it is crucial to know where the wind is coming from. Now, people make use of weather vanes, not just to tell where the wind is coming from, but for the decoration of their roofs. Since the popularity of outdoor design blossomed, a number of types of weathervanes have been developed over the years. This is good, because now, there are more designs and types that will suit any kind of roof you may have.

3. Price

Consider your options. If you're buying a weathervane, you should first check out the second hand shops for very cheap vanes. If you're serious in finding the perfect weathervane for you and you still want to save some cash, I suggest that you surf the net for weather vanes. Usually, the internet has a lot of sites regarding sale of this product and you will have a larger selection to choose from and some of them are even cheaper than those in the stores. It is convenient to shop online because you won't have to go far and wide just to secure your very own wind vane. The prices vary according to the size, the make and the design of the vane. Prices range from $10 to more than $200.

4. Style

There are so many styles of weathervanes out in the market now. Choose the type that is appropriate for your household.

- Aluminum
- Copper
- Stained glass
- Windcup
- Bronze
- Cottage
- Tabletop
- Extra large

5. Size

Weather vanes come in different sizes. There are weathervanes that are just a few inches tall while some of them are really huge. If your roof is not that high off the ground, then do not purchase a very big weather vane. It will look awkward, perched there and it will just cause eyesores for you and your guests. Now, if your roof is wide, then you should consider buying a wider vane. Make sure you have your ratios set up right. If your roof is tall, get a tall vane; if your roof is wide, get a wide vane. An appropriate ratio for the weathervane to roof height is 1 inch of weathervane for every foot of the house.

6. Design

You should choose appropriately when it comes to design. Take into consideration where you're going to put it: whether it be a barn or your own home. If you want a classic weathervane design, go for the usually rooster vane. It goes well with any roof, as long as the color is appropriate. There are a lot of other designs like: eagles, fowls, pigs, cows, dogs and other animals that will look good when placed on top of any barn. There are also specialized weathervanes like: firemen, trucks, tractors, houses, barns and whatnot. Always consider what you want, and what will represent your personality more. Also, consider the color of the design whether or not it will clash with your roof or walls.

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