Worthington Blog

  • Made In America
  • (800) 872-1608
  • Column Designer
  • Column Designer

Architectural Detail Experts | A Blog by Worthington Millwork

The 5 Orders of Architectural Columns

Posted on 6/13/17 4:38 PM

Handed down from the ancient Greek and Roman empire, the 5 Orders of Architectural Columns are still used in modern architecture. The Greek supplied us with the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian designs while the Romans introduced us to the Tuscan and Composite look. Each of these elements are unique in their own way. They are used in specific structures at precise times to bring together a stunningly designed building.

Read More

6 Common Questions About Delivering Your Fiberglass Columns and Other Products

Posted on 5/22/17 2:01 PM
It takes time and dedication to find the perfect fiberglass columns to match the style of your new building or home. Once you’ve realized Worthington carries the best products in the industry, you need to be ensured that your product will arrive safely.

Worthington’s delivery process guarantees that you receive the right product at the most affordable shipping cost. Here are some of the most common questions that customers have after placing their orders.

Read More

What's The Difference Between Molded Fluted Columns And Adjustable Fluted Columns?

Posted on 5/12/17 9:00 AM

Columns have been a viable option for adding design and structure to buildings for centuries. The history behind columns goes back to the beginning of architecture, and so does their customization features. Columns can be built round or square, plain or fluted, tapered or non-tapered.

Read More

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.

 

Read More

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.

Read More

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 are a few...

Read More

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!

 

Read More

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.

Read More

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.
Read More

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.
Read More

Simple Fiberglass Column Flashlight Test

Posted on 4/6/15 9:06 AM

Read More

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.

 

Read More

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

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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
Read More

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.
Read More

Double Front Porches With Columns - Stack Up Comfort

Posted on 10/20/14 9:34 AM
The front porch is often considered the quintessential element of Southern architecture — it has long been the perfect place for enjoying the view, catching a breeze or simply setting a spell, as they say in the South. Front porches were the original social networking tool, a pretelephone way for neighbors to commune, visit and catch up without ever leaving the comfort of their own homes.

If one porch is good, two must be better — especially when an expansive view is involved. The tradition of building double front porches with columns in the United States goes back to the first settlers. But if you ask us, it's an architecture staple worth holding onto. Here are a few things to consider when tackling the double front porch.
Read More
Column Builder Tool

Subscribe to Email Updates