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5 Outstanding Reasons to Use Aluminum Columns

Posted by Holli McRae on 10/23/13 2:13 PM

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Aluminum columns are becoming a very popular choice when choosing a material to use for your porch column application. There are several reasons for this but there are 5 main reasons that their popularity is growing. 

 

1. Powder Coated Color Options

Aluminum columns have 7 different colors that you can choose from when ordering these columns. That means less work for you! The powder coat finish is extremely durable and can withstand heat safely of 300 degrees without damaging the column. The reason that this is important is because it can be used for your exterior application no matter where you are located in the world! Having a color option is something that is not very common coming straight from the factory. This eliminates the need for sanding, priming, and painting all together.

 

2. Class A Flame Spread Classification

Flame spread according to Wikipedia "Flame spread or surface burning characteristics rating is a ranking derived by laboratory standard test methodology of a material's propensity to burn rapidly and spread flames. There are several standardized methods of determining flame spread." This is the highest classification that you can receive.

 

3. Lightweight

I'm sure you can imagine why this would be beneficial! Who really wants to deal with heavy columns? Aluminum is extremely lightweight which can save you money on the shipping and the stress of installation. No need for large equipment to unload aluminum columns, just have a measly two sets of hands available and your all done.

 

4. Available Styles

Variety is the spice of life right? Well, aluminum columns gives you that variety with several different styles (and don't forget about colors).

We have given them each a name because each style is just as unique as the other.

 

5. Load Bearing

Aluminum columns can bear a weight from 20,000 pounds to 43,000 pounds depending on the size of the column itself. Basically, it can hold a lot of weight! This is great if you are going to use it to hold up a porch. It saves you from having to put up lolly column first, however, you may want to read about wind uplift if you are located in an area where that is a concern.

 

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