Installing a new steeple is an exciting endeavor for any house of worship, but buyers new to the process often feel overwhelmed navigating the options. This beginner's guide will walk through key considerations from materials and sizes to structural assessments and reputable suppliers. You'll finish equipped with essential knowledge for purchasing the perfect steeple to gloriously elevate your church.
Steeple Styles and Sizing
American Steeples offers steeples compatible with architectural styles from traditional Gothic Revival to sleek modern, along with limitless customization. Consider visibility needs, church size, and existing aesthetics when selecting height and proportions. Our expert team provides guidance on ideal measurements and scaling to achieve your vision while meeting structural requirements.
For example, our impressive Integra line ranges from 6 feet tall for small buildings to over 20 feet for striking visibility above larger structures and trees. We craft intricate decorative elements across this full spectrum of sizes.
Rugged Fiberglass Durability
Constructed from resilient fiberglass and polyester gel coat layers with UV protection, American Steeples’ products stand up to punishing weather extremes. The material’s tensile strength tops 11,000 pounds per square inch while flexural strength reaches an average of 19,000 to 30,000 pounds. Strategically placed interior wood bracing absorbs vibration and wind force, enabling the elegant exterior to withstand intense storms and years of seasonal shifts unaffected. We sandwich pieces together with structural mat layers during manufacturing for unparalleled solidity.
Structural Assessments and Accessories
Prior to installation, a critical step is engaging engineers to evaluate the building’s load-bearing capacity, roof structure, and any reinforcement needs. We provide specs for this assessment and can recommend trusted experts. Many accessory options integrate seamlessly during the manufacturing process like:
- Louvers and ventilation
- Weathervanes, crosses, finials
- Lighting, antennas
- Ladders or lifts for interior access
Customization and Quality Construction
Beyond offering every steeple in standard white, American Steeples produces custom colors to match existing buildings for a cohesive look. We combine expert artistry with premium materials to realize one-of-a-kind designs through techniques like:
- Building up layers of chopped fiberglass
- Glassed-in braces at interior stress points
- Sandwiching pieces together for solid durability
- Trimming and finishing seams before the final gloss coat.