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Concrete Columns Versus Stone Columns, What's The Best Solution?

Posted by Holli McRae on 4/1/13 11:03 AM

Concrete columns and our Polymer Stone columnsPolymer Stone Columns have almost the same look after the install is complete. They are however very different and offer different pro's and con's. We have determined based on the features below that the best suitable column between the two are definitely Polymer Stone columns. Concrete columns are simply not easy to manage or install. Residential homeowners definitely need an application that can improve the look of their home without breaking their back or bank. Also available in the stone is the option to have your column fluted. This feature allows you to have a great decorative look to your column. You can also add decorative capitals. One of the plus sides of concrete columns that we see used often here in Florida is the use of etched designs within the column. This is something that can not be done with the stone. This is typically done with commercial projects however it is a nice touch if you are not bothered by the weight.

Concrete Columns

Pro's

  • Use of rebar (Pro or Con depending on person)
  • Durable
  • Outdoor Use
  • Ability to be etched with designs & patterns

Cons
  • Very Heavy, can weigh up to 2500 pounds
  • Crane needed to unload
  • Very expensive freight charges
  • Sealers needed to prevent damage from outdoor elements
  • Not able to surround structural post


WorthingtonStone™ Polymer Columns

Pro's
  • 50% less weight than real cast stone
  • Custom Colors available
  • Plain and fluted options
  • Can be unloaded with fork-lift or several men.
  • Easy to install
  • Outdoor use
  • Many split/wrap options
  • Many size options
  • Many color options

Con's
  • Hard to hide the seam if split/wrap column is chosen.
Now it's your turn to decide. Which do you think is better? Make sure when deciding on the right material you think about the installation process. It may be best to call each distributor and receive the detailed instruction on what it takes to install both concrete and stone columns. You want to make sure you are prepared. If neither one of these materials are something you are interested in there are always others to choose from.

Topics: Architectural Columns, Porch Columns

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