How tall should our steeple
be? We generally recommend that you order a steeple that is the
same height as your building (roof top to ground). Base width is typically
about 1/10 of the building width, but if these ratios don't work with your
particular building, you should usually use the height of the roof as more of a
guide than the base width.
What steeple accessories should we consider? All most all of
our steeples and cupolas can be customized with a variety of options
- Lightning protection
- false louvers
- real louvers which accommodate bells and chimes
- windows featuring colored glass or Krinkle glass
- interior lighting
- and of course we offer spire crosses and balls
What details do we need to provide when ordering? We need to
- Roof pitch
- Roofing material (shingle, metal with standing seems, etc.)
- Type of roof (ridge, hip, gable, etc.)
- Number of ridges
- What's underneath the roof? (Only needed if we are quoting installation.
We need to know if there is attic access and the type of ceiling and suports-
i.e. attic with rafters, cathedral ceiling, etc.)
Who does the installation? We offer factory
installation on many of our AS model steeple units, although most of them are
easy to install yourself, using basic basic carpentry
skills. With the smaller steeples, we recommend you install them
yourself. If your church is blessed to have a few "handy-men" in the membership,
a typical small steeple installation is a half-day job at most.
Factory installation is not available on our FSI units, these will be
shipped to your church, usually on a factory truck, for self installation.
We also work with independent installation contractors and will be happy to
discuss the options available to you for installation.
Many churches choose to work with a local roofing company, as they typically
have the skills and equipment access to do the job properly.
Do you have installation instructions? Yes, we are happy to
email you comprehensive instruction sheets and directions to help you install
How do you deal with the standing seams on metal roofs? We
need to know the height so that any bracing in the steeple will be above the
seams. The installer will (yours or ours) will cut out the slots for the seams
when he does the install.
How do we get the steeple on the roof? The small 10-12 ft.
models can sometimes be hoisted from the back of a truck, if the roof is low
enough. You will want to have plenty of manpower and take precautions to protect
the steeple as you slide it up and over the roof edge. MEDIUM size steeples from
14-25 ft can usually be lifted with a cherry picker or bucket truck. Be sure to
follow safety procedures and adhere to weight limitations of the boom arm. LARGE
steepls typically require the use of a crane. Depending on the specifics of your
installation, factory cranes may be provided or the services of a local rental
crane may be more efficient. Do NOT hoist a steeple from the tip of the spire as
this is usually the weakest point and is not built to serve as a hoist point.
Use wrap straps and hoist similar to the picture below
What color should we order our steeple?
White and bone are the two standard choices, with white
being the overwhelming favorite. For an additional charge, we can produce
your steeple in a custom color of your choice. Since our gel-coat finishes are
permanently molded into the surface of the fiberglass laminate, we recommend
that any special colors be ordered when ordering the steeple, rather than
attempting to change the color after you've received it.
What maintenance is required on our
steeple? Several months after installation, you may want to recheck the
fit around the roof edge to make sure everything is tight. If an installation
mistake when you installed the steeple, it may not show until the steeple has
gone thru a variety of weather and temperature cycles. If dirt, pollen, mildew,
etc. start to buold up on your steeple, you can power wash the exterior. It's a
good idea to apply a fiberglass wax to the steeple after washing, in order to
extend the life of the finish. Some areas may call for more frequent waxing and
washing than others so it's hard to give you a specific schedule.
Can we paint the steeple?
After the steeple has been up for a few years, the
constant exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays may dull the finish, or cause
the color to fade or change. Polishing the surface with automotive compound
followed by paste wax can bring back the shine and luster. If a new color is
desired, the steeple can be painted in much the same way a fiberglass car body
would be painted, by lightly sanding the finish and applying paint with a
professional quality spray gun.
How do we choose the right steeple for our
- The first step is to determine the height of your
church's roof from the ridge line (where the steeple will sit) to
the ground. Use this number as a guide and look at steeple models whose
height are within a few feet of your roof height.
- Next, consider the style and design elements you
want in a steeple. If cost is your primary concern, then staying with steeple
models that don't have a lot of different elements to them will keep your
costs lower without sacrificing quality. Steeples with cupolas, louvers,
windows and other design elements add to the beauty of a steeple, but also add
to the cost. I generally recommend that if you have a simple church design,
try to stay with a simple steeple. If your church is larger and more
elaborate, then try to pick a unit that visually matches the building.
- Choose a color. White and bone are standard, with
white being the most popular, however other steeple colors are available for
- Request a quote. The cost of your steeple is
comprised of the steeple unit cost, any options desired, a delivery
charge and installation cost (see
Steeple Installation). If you would like a general ballpark, quote for
planning or budget purposes, please contact us, we will gladly email you a no
obligation quote.If you need an exact quote with installation, please
contact us for an INSTALLATION QUOTE FORM that you will fill out and submit
back to us with a few pictures of your church.
- Compare our quote against the other quotes you
receive from steeple dealers and manufacturers. Because of our comittment to
helping churches save money on furnishings (so it can be put to other uses
within the church) we are often told that our pricing is lower than even what
the church was quoted directly from the factory.
- Confirm a few details. Please provide us the
following when actually placing your order: roofing material (if metal
roof-provide height of the standing seams) roof type (gable, hip, etc. and
number of ridges) roof slope. See below for more information on
determing roof slope and type.
- Call us to place your order. We will collect the
above information as well as delivery address, contact name and phone number.
We will email you a copy of your order which you will need to review and
acknowledge via email that it is correct. A 50% deposit is due before
production can be started with the balance due at installation or before
shipping if you are doing the installation. We accept checks or credit
To determine the pitch of your roof, place a level against the roof as shown
below. From the point where the level touches the roof, measure out 12 inches.
From this point, measure the distance, in inches, down to the roof. This number
will be the first number in the roof pitch. The second number will always be 12.
For example, the roof pitch pictured here would be expressed as 5" on 12" or