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A Complete Guide to Rustic Wood Beams

Posted on 4/11/18 5:21 PM

Engineered materials are answering the call for architectural products that are high-performing, durable, and support the conservation of our country's natural resources - especially our dwindling timber reserves. Rustic Wood Beams and other high-density polyurethane (HDP) products are a major part of a growing construction trend to use sustainable methods and materials which reduce waste and uses natural resources efficiently. Polyurethanes offer the architectural and construction industry a versatility that is unparalleled - as it is used for many architectural and building components. 

Polyurethane products are available for use in a wide range of residential and commercial applications. This high performing rigid resin is used as insulation in walls, floors, and roofs, as a sealant or foam around windows and doors, in engineered lumber and plywoods such as Oriented Strand Board (OSB) and Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), and in many innovative architectural products such Rustic Wood ceiling beams and other interior/exterior architectural products which simulate the beauty of real wood.

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What are Fiberglass Cornices and Why Do You Need Them?

Posted on 4/9/18 9:06 PM

What is a cornice?

A cornice is the molded or decorated projection that crowns the top of a building wall. "Cornice" comes from the Italian word meaning "ledge" and is used to describe any horizontal decorative exterior mouldings, or exterior millwork, that crown buildings, and also doors and windows.
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Six Reasons to Choose Aluminum Railing for Your Next Porch Project

Posted on 4/6/18 8:00 AM

If you are looking to make some improvements to your house, one possibility you may be thinking about could be the installation of a new railing to provide additional support or visual flair. When it comes to railing materials, there are multiple options out there, but today, more and more homeowners are choosing to go with aluminum for a variety of reasons. Here are six reasons why you should go with aluminum when it's time to install the latest addition to your home.

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Stunning Architectural Detail with Polyurethane Brackets and Corbels

Posted on 4/4/18 8:00 AM

It is true, the beauty is in the details. And detailed architectural styling can be achieved by adding decorative brackets or corbels to the exterior or interior of your home. Both of these architectural products are similar in appearance - and the terms are interchangeable. Architects and builders will also refer to these products by the descriptive name 'bracketed cornice'.

Today, installing ornamental brackets are a design technique which will add elegant distinction to a home or building. Traditionally, they were also a part of the building's structural support system - adding cantilevered support to beams, ceiling, shelves, and most commonly the roof overhang. Throughout history corbels have been used for both decorative and functional elements mou nted beneath th e roof eave of structures to reflect a  unique architectural styling .
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What kind of fiberglass column for homes are available?

Posted on 4/2/18 8:00 AM

The fiberglass column is a structural element that not only supports your roof, but also lends extra character to the overall aesthetic of your home.

Fiberglass is lightweight and both water and rot resistant with a class A fire rating. There are multiple choices when it comes to fiberglass columns. Which one is the best choice for your home?

Round tapered fiberglass columns

These fiberglass porch columns, additionally known as cast columns, is one of the most popular designs today. Reminiscent of the old Tuscan order of columns, but with a wider base and a slimmer top, this column draws viewers eyes upwards. These regal columns could be ideal for a home porch and are most widely used on most projects.

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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.

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How to Have the Beauty of Wood Columns Without the Issues

Posted on 5/25/17 9:46 AM

Wood columns can look stunning on a home. The look of natural wood brings out the beauty of any building. However, like every other wood product, wood columns need special treatment to make them long lasting. If you find wood columns to have too much maintenance, but still want the look, you are in luck.

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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.

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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.

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Sweets™ Offers Worthington Products

Posted on 3/21/17 10:01 AM

Sweets™ offers complete specs, drawing and product information on Worthington products to help you with your next project. We have hundreds of products that can be found on the program and if you are looking for something that is not listed, give us a call. We specialize in custom high end products and can take your drawings and turn them into reality!

Once you have entered our Sweets™ profile, you will have access (found on the left hand side) to all of our products. We have also uploaded installation instruction, warranty information, catalogs and white papers as helpful resources for you to use.

 

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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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6 Must Have Requirements When Buying A Polyurethane Balustrade System

Posted on 1/31/17 8:00 AM

 

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10 Home Areas That Likely Need a Pro

Posted on 7/5/16 9:30 AM
If you are working on a DIY remodel, deciding whether to call in a specialty contractor to perform a specific task comes down to several areas you'll need to consider:
  • Skill. Do you have the necessary skills to build a sound structure, and do it safely?
  • Scale. Is the size of the project one that you can handle in a reasonable amount of time?
  • Cost. When factoring in the value of your own time, can the project be completed for less cost by a professional? Do you have the tools you need?
  • Aesthetics. Can you finish the project attractively enough that you're not sacrificing resale value? Would a rough grout joint or wallpaper seam bother you?
Learn more about the specific problem areas that often require professional help below.
 
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Construction Contracts: How to Understand What You Are Buying

Posted on 6/28/16 10:00 AM
It’s always important to know what you’re buying. When you buy something at a store, you get the hands-on experience of seeing its size and how it looks, feels and works. You leave the store knowing exactly what you’ve bought.

When you agree to pay for construction work, though, it’s up to you, your architect and your contractor to agree on what will be built. This can be difficult, because the “product” you’re talking about is something that’s never been built and doesn’t even exist yet except in everyone’s minds — and in documents.
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Your Complete Guide to Building Permits

Posted on 6/21/16 10:00 AM
Yes, the building permit process can be a frustrating, costly and-time consuming affair, but there is purpose to the process and no getting around your local jurisdiction if you want to do your project right.

Here we recap the building permit basics, with links to more in-depth analysis of various stages of the planning, permitting and inspection processes. It’s an overview of a subject you should familiarize yourself with before tackling your home remodel project.
 
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The Hidden Problems in Old Houses

Posted on 6/14/16 9:14 AM
Whether you live in an older home or are considering buying or remodeling one, there are old-house problems you should familiarize yourself with. Some may be seen as mere nuisances (charming even), but others can be downright dangerous. Before you take the plunge, get to know the signs and costs associated with the repair of some common problems.
 
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Construction Contracts: What to Know About Estimates vs. Bids

Posted on 6/1/16 2:32 PM
When planning a home remodeling or new construction project, one of the first things homeowners usually want to know is how much the work will cost. Part of asking about cost is not just defining what the work will be but also knowing what form you would like the contract to take — fixed price (also known as a bid) or time and materials (also known as cost plus or estimate of cost). Understanding the subtleties of these contract forms will help you decide which is right for you.
 

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10 Tips for Choosing and Working With a Builder

Posted on 5/19/16 10:00 AM
You may have heard horror stories about problems with builders, budgets spiraling out of control and sites left half-finished. But the reality is that the vast majority of builders are both professional and capable, and you can do a great deal to avoid bad experiences simply through the way you choose, manage and communicate with them. Here’s why it’s worth laying the foundations for a good relationship with your builder — and how to do it well.
 
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11 Things to Expect With Your Remodel

Posted on 5/16/16 4:05 PM
If you’ve never remodeled before or are taking on a big project, you may feel a little nervous. How much will it cost? How long will it take? Between the large expense and the excitement of anticipating your finished remodel, it’s hard not to feel a little apprehensive. Knowing what to expect can help allay your fears and make you better prepared for what’s to come.
 
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How to Hire the Right Architect: Comparing Fees

Posted on 5/11/16 9:32 AM
The only thing harder than choosing the right architect is understanding how architects charge.

Why is it so hard to know what you can expect to pay before you begin? What’s the difference between an hourly rate, a fixed fee and a percentage of the construction cost? And, more important, which one is best for your project and your bottom line?

While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to these questions, with some basic understanding of architectural fees, you should be able to devise an apples-to-apples comparison when one architect give you a proposal based on an hourly fee and another proposes a percentage based on the cost of construction.

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