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1. Size Selection
As you finally select the design of your steeple, the other factor to consider while buying is the size. The size of the steeple can be large and medium in the market store.

Basically, most people purchase a high steeple when the church building is actually small. This makes it unpleasant in the standing form and hence it won’t complement the church rightly.

The best thing to do is to select a steeple that is longer than the 10 percent of the church building. This will perfectly suit the church building and hence will offer the best look even from far away from the church.
--Quality Church Furniture

2. Still Relevant
Why do people think the church steeple is threatened? There is a well-reported trend of churches struggling to keep up their historic buildings. Steeples are one part of the church building where maintenance is easily deferred or overlooked.

Designing a new steeple that fits the many styles and forms of contemporary churches is a difficult but exciting challenge. Too many new churches simply go to a catalogue or supplier to buy a pre-designed steeple with little regard to scale or style. 
--Heimsath Architects

3. Cell Tower Considerations
Your church is primarily your place of worship. Additionally, it is an important architectural structure and landmark to the community at large. You are the stewards of your building and are under no obligation to accept any proposal whatsoever.

You should be proactive in this process internally and address the possibility of leasing to wireless carriers in its entirety with your congregation before you entertain offers from carriers. Hasty decisions made under pressure do not lend themselves to good outcomes.

4. Lightning Protection
This is a detail you don’t want to neglect. A burned steeple is not a pretty sight, and it is difficult, if not impossible, to repair. A lightning protection option is simply a solid aluminum or copper rod that extends above the highest point of the steeple. It is connected via a flexible copper or aluminum cable to a solid copper rod that is driven into the ground.

Specific details about how the cable is to be routed and the distance that the ground rod is to be in the ground vary by region. You will want to consult your local building inspections department for specific requirements in your area.
-- Piedmont Fiberglass

5. Obey Code
Regardless of which interior construction method is chosen, the church should request a free copy of an engineering report to validate the manufacturer’s claims. If the steeple is subject to inspection by a local authority, they may require a copy of the engineering report with a state seal on it.

Many local authorities also require the steeple meet minimum standards set by the 2000 International Building Code (IBC). This code requires the steeples over a certain size and mounting height to be non-combustible.  Steeples manufactured with a tubular steel interior framework and flame-retardant, self-extinguishing resins meet this code. 
--Fiberglass Specialties

6. Advantages of Fiberglass
Innovative technologies and molding techniques make FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic) indistinguishable from authentic materials. Fiberglass can be molded into a number of different finishes to mimic wood, stone, terra cotta, concrete, steel, marble, granite, copper, and other popular building materials.

Finishes can range for a smooth dull matte to a high gloss polished look, or a slight texture to a rough stone texture. FRP parts are chosen over other material because it is lightweight, cost effective, corrosion resistant, and is virtually maintenance free. Fiberglass products can be painted or the color can be molded in the surface.

Because FRP begins with liquid polymer resins and formable glass fibers, the finished shape can be curved, corrugated, ribbed, or contoured in a variety of ways, with varying thickness.

Fiberglass is very practical when compared with the material, maintenance, and installation cost of other traditional materials. One should not assume that the material cost of fiberglass is low, but the installation methods and procedures boast lower installed cost and lower life-cycle cost.
--Architectural Fiberglass

7. Consider a Cupola
You can also improve the appearance of your church by adding a fiberglass cupola, which are available in distinctive styles, designs and colors. Cupolas are finely crafted for enduring quality and a timeless tradition.

Every cupola adds beauty to your institution, and a first impression is made on day one. All cupolas are not created equal. Fiberglass cupolas open up a whole new world of durability, serviceability, classic designs and styles.

When you consider the array of contemporary, traditional, colonial and classic designs that are available in cupolas, there's hardly a building that fiberglass cupolas can't make more attractive.
--Bowling United Industries

8. Careful Planning
What style of steeple would be right for your church? Check with your church architect or a reputable steeple company for the correct steeple for the architectural style of your church. They would be glad to assist you in your steeple planning.

After looking at the architectural aspects of the church steeple, we cannot fail to consider the spiritual function. We were admonished by Christ, who said in John 12:32, “…And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, (I) will draw all men unto me.” While signifying what death he would die, this scripture also challenges us to lift the cross of Christ up to the world. When we see a steeple and cross atop a church, pointing gracefully towards Heaven, the church is also lifting Christ up so that all men might be drawn to him and his promise.
-- Campbellsville Industries

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