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Fiberglass Columns VS. Wood Columns

Posted on 3/7/17 1:56 PM

Our column builder tool has allowed us to monitor which column material is the most popular. To our surprise, wood is chosen quite often. Wood is not always the best solution for most projects however. Fiberglass columns have become the most widely used column material in todays building industry and here is why.

 

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Victorian Dining Room Keeps It Formal Yet Fresh

Posted on 4/28/16 8:53 AM
This Queen Anne home certainly hadn’t been treated like a queen. A series of bad renovations had stripped away her beauty and left her looking washed-out. After a thorough renovation, though, she’s regained some of her stateliness, especially in the dramatic dining room, which respects the home’s Victorian architecture while feeling fresh and updated.
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Are Fiberglass Porch Columns Hollow?

Posted on 1/11/16 3:43 PM

Are Fiberglass Porch Columns Hollow?

Yes!

In fact, all porch columns, no matter if they are round, square tapered or non-tapered fluted or plain are all hollow. Also when you look at the different materials: polymer stone, fiberglass, PVC and even wood they are all hollow. This has to do with the way each of them are made. The fiberglass and polymer stone porch columns all come from a mold that has the shape of the part. The fiberglass mixture is poured into a closed mold, rotated very quickly, and then then the columns dry while they are spinning leaving the column hollow. FRP porch columns are made in halves by spraying with fiberglass strands similar to the manufacturing of a fiberglass boat. The halves are glued together in the factory or on-site creating a whole column once assembled, glued and after Bondo is applied. A wood porch column is made by gluing staves together in a circular form and then turning and cutting them on a lathe. Lastly, PVC porch columns are made from a cut out of a flat sheet of PVC and then assembled in our factory (or on-site) to make the finished square product.

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How Much Do Porch Columns Cost?

Posted on 1/7/16 10:28 AM

The vertical support that holds up your porch roof should not be taken lightly. Porch columns are pretty important for someone to have on their home. They come in all different shapes and sizes and with that comes all different prices. Because of that, it should come as no surprise that prices are all over the place!

There are so many different things that can affect the price. Here a few...

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10 Questions You Should Ask Before You Buy Fiberglass Columns Online.

Posted on 12/17/15 9:39 AM

(1)  Are the fiberglass columns you are looking to purchase really made of fiberglass?

If you conduct a search online for fiberglass columns a hand full of companies pop up in the search results on both Yahoo and Google.  There are many different brands, materials, pictures, descriptions, sales pitches and offers.  With all this information it is sometimes hard to tell what you are actually purchasing and that should be SCARY as it could be a costly mistake if you don’t purchase the right product! Some E-commerce companies offer a picture, a part, and a price and call it a "fiberglass column" which is why you need to research what you are looking to purchase!

 

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What is an "All Fiberglass" Porch Column?

Posted on 12/14/15 9:46 AM

If you conduct a search online for the phrase "fiberglass porch columns" a hand full of companies pop up in the search results on both Yahoo and Google.  There are many different brands, materials, pictures descriptions, sales pitches and offers.  With all this information it is sometimes hard to tell what you are actually purchasing and that should be SCARY as it could be a costly mistake if you don’t purchase the right product!  Most E-commerce companies offer a picture, a part and a price and call it a fiberglass column.

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Porch Posts Versus Porch Columns, What is the Difference?

Posted on 10/30/15 10:00 AM

Did you know that there is a difference between a porch post and a porch column? Don't worry, you are not alone. The main differences are really in the detail and you can't go wrong with either application. It really depends on the look you are trying to achieve with your home. Never be afraid to consult with an architect to make sure which would fit best with your style of home and how many exactly you will need to hold up that front porch.
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Before and After: Beauty and Functionality in an American Foursquare

Posted on 7/21/15 8:40 AM
Life was different when this traditional foursquare home near Boston was built in the early 1900s. Back then, rooms were separate and had clear assignments: The kitchen was for cooking, the dining room was for eating and so on. In those days, windows let in cold air during the winter, so they tended to be smaller and less embracing of a view.

This home had been remodeled over the years, and each refresh had added details that were not age- or architecturally appropriate and took the home away from the plain-spoken look of an American foursquare. The new owners wanted to bring back some of the original details (or what could have been original) and add modern touches, so they hired Robert S. MacNeille, design principal and president of Carpenter & MacNeille.
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Simple Fiberglass Column Flashlight Test

Posted on 4/6/15 9:06 AM

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5 Mind Blowing False Beliefs About Fiberglass Columns

Posted on 3/26/15 1:13 PM

Believe it or not there are so many different variables when it comes to fiberglass columns. Many have created false beliefs about this product that could potentially cause installation and purchase errors without knowing the facts.

 

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Porch Life: 11 Inspirational Small Porches

Posted on 2/23/15 8:39 AM
While I love the large two-story porches in Low Country homes and long wraparound porches on farmhouses, their smaller counterparts hold just as much appeal. You don't need hundreds of square feet to create a charming and welcoming porch. As long as you have a place to sit, a porch of any size is a wonderful covered outdoor space you'll enjoy from spring through fall. Here's a look at some modest porches that add miles of charm and great livable space.

Key Measurements to Help You Design the Perfect Front Porch

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Key Measurements to Help You Design the Perfect Front Porch

Posted on 2/16/15 8:38 AM

Front porches nearly disappeared from new homes in the late 20th century, but our fondness for them remains. The porch allows a gracious and practical transition from public to private — a place where one can soak up the late-summer sun, visit with neighbors, watch a thunderstorm pass, greet arriving guests or just shake off the umbrella and remove dirty shoes. For a porch to function for all these purposes, a few key dimensions and configurations should be taken into consideration.

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Renovation Detail: The Built-In Room Divider

Posted on 2/11/15 9:27 AM
Creating a classic Arts and Crafts built-in room divider is on our list of must-do renovations. The traditional design combines form and function to define two or more spaces elegantly . These dividers help to organize large spaces while maintaining an open floor plan and keeping rooms bright and airy. Most have square, tapered columns and storage, but new variations create the same effect.

Does your home have a space well suited for a built-in room divider? Take a look at these ideas and see if one sparks inspiration.
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7 Ideas to Get You Back on the Front Porch

Posted on 2/4/15 9:07 AM
The front porch has evolved along with the quickening pace of everyday life. Porches were originally designed to create a more tolerable living space — a place for rest, relaxation and cooling breezes. Their decline can be attributed to many things: air conditioning, cars, radios, televisions, backyard decks. But despite modern conveniences, we can still revive the front porch, restoring and enjoying its quaint beauty.

Using this space not only
can improve the look of our house, but can better the quality of our lives as we spend more time with family, friends and neighbors. Here are some ways to use the porch as it was originally intended.
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What is a Architectural Column Cut Plan?

Posted on 1/26/15 12:40 PM

You would think that selecting the architectural columns you want for your home would be just as easy as it sounds. But that couldn't be further from the truth. When it comes to columns there are so many different choices and options - from material, height, diameter and capital decoration to whether you want the column split or whole.

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Roots of Style: Georgian Homes Offer Familiarity Through the Ages

Posted on 1/7/15 10:00 AM
Familiarity comforts us. It is no surprise that when we choose a home, we often search for the familiar or an association in the context of our families. This could be one reason that Georgian-style houses are still common and popular, especially in the eastern U.S. They have a long and successful history.

Georgian architecture began in England as the result of the Renaissance's reaching the British islands in the middle of the 16th century, after its emergence from Italy and succession in France. The Georgian interpretation of classical architecture flourished in England in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, coinciding with the establishment of the American colonies.
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3 Secret Tips for Contractors to Save Money on Architectural Products

Posted on 12/16/14 1:00 PM

Buying architectural products like molding, columns, railing systems etc. can potentially put a big dent in a projects budget; but it does not have to! Small little changes can add up to big savings in the long run if you stay consistent with them.

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The James Wade Bolton House - Column and Balustrade Case Study

Posted on 10/30/14 9:30 AM

Worthington Millwork was contracted to provide the architectural fiberglass columns and balustrade systems for a renovation of the charming James Wade Bolton House in Alexandria, LA. This project was a historical renovation and of great significance to the town of Alexandria. To preserve the integrity of this turn-of-the-century home, an original baluster was perfectly replicated to create a whole new balustrade system. Similar components were also used in manufacturing the column shafts, capitals, bases and other parts of the balustrade system. The end result is a completed project, made with modern materials, while keeping the historic proportions and architecture of the 1899 construction period of the project.

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Renovations Modernize a 1970s New Jersey Colonial With Columns

Posted on 10/28/14 2:33 PM
This classic 1970s colonial is in a great neighborhood on 2 beautiful acres, but its layout was not suited for modern family life. A local family bought it because they loved the yard, the area and the schools, but they knew it would need an update to work well for them.

"The family wanted to open up the space, give it a nice flow, let in more natural light and expand the views of the backyard," says architect Catherine Knight of Knight Architects. She responded with a thorough makeover, creating a family-friendly entry and mudroom, an open-plan layout along the rear of the house that opens up to their spectacular backyard, a reconfigured guest room and first-floor bathroom, and a renovated master bathroom.

Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here:
A couple and their young daughter and son
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
Size: 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
Year built: The 1970s; remodeling plans began in 2010
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Wraparound Porches With Columns Have Curb Appeal Covered

Posted on 10/23/14 10:00 AM
There is not an exterior architectural element in the world that has more curb appeal than a wraparound porch with columns. The very sight of one makes us imagine ourselves sipping iced tea in a rocking chair, gabbing with friends and family, or growing old with a partner while swaying on a porch swing for two. Whether straight out of Savannah or ultramodern, a porch can make a house a home. Get inspired by these 15 fabulous wraparound porches.
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