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What is a Corbel/ Bracket?

Posted on 6/18/18 12:03 PM
A corbel/ bracket is a structural or decorative bracket placed between a vertical wall and a horizontal surface (ceiling, counter, tabletop, roof). Corbels are made from wood, plaster or marble, and synthetic materials. Generally when they are made from synthetic materials (polyurethane) they last much longer. Worthington brackets actually have a lifetime warranty. Brackets that are made from polyurethane are not load bearing and are for decorative purposes only. You can definitely get creative with them since they can be cut just like a typical wood bracket. You can use them for shelves or even curtain rods to add a little touch of unexpected pizazz to your home.

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5 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Porch Columns

Posted on 6/15/18 9:25 AM

Porch Columns are a good choice if you need the columns to support the weight of a structure, like a porch roof. The term that refers to this ability is “load-bearing.” In addition to being load-bearing, most fiberglass columns are also weather resistant and insect proof. Many fiberglass columns come with a lifetime warranty. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s requirements, specification and warranty information before making your purchase. The information contained in this document pertains to the most common types of fiberglass architectural columns only, and specifically does not pertain to wood or cellular PVC columns. Follow these tips for a better experience adding fiberglass columns to your project, but remember that if the instructions from the manufacturer contradict any of this information, it’s always best to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. 

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Crown Molding: Is It Right for Your Home?

Posted on 6/13/18 12:50 PM
Crown moldings are one of the architectural features that can really add value to your home. They add a visual presence that can make a home feel more upscale. Done well, they instantly say this home is well-crafted and solid. Unless you are lucky enough to live in an older home beautifully appointed with lovely crown moldings, you may find yourself feeling like your home is lacking in architectural details that give it distinction.
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5 Biggest Myths about Load Bearing Structural Porch Columns

Posted on 6/11/18 3:27 PM

Porch columns are an important feature of a home. They provide the vertical support that hold up your porch roof and come in all different shapes and sizes. Because of that, it should come as no surprise that there are many myths and misconceptions related to porch columns!

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American Architecture: The Elements of Craftsman Style Columns

Posted on 6/8/18 10:00 AM

What is Craftsman Style?

Craftsman homes were primarily inspired by the work of two architect brothers — Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene — who worked together in Pasadena, California, at the turn of the 20th century. The Greene brothers were influenced by the English Arts and Crafts movement (a reaction against the Industrial Revolution in an effort to promote the work of craftsmen and the handmade over the machine made), as well as by Oriental wooden architecture. 
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A Complete Guide to Rustic Wood Beams

Posted on 6/6/18 11:01 AM

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. 

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Guidelines for Buying Ceiling Medallions

Posted on 6/4/18 2:20 PM

Do you have a room in your house that you'd like to transform in only a few hours without putting a strain on your wallet? If so, consider adding a ceiling medallion as this can give a room a feeling of elegance, while adding character to what was once an ordinary looking living area. Before rushing out to buy just any ceiling medallion, it's important to consider size, style and other factors. Here are some of the advantages of polyurethane ceiling medallions, along with several basic buying guidelines and other considerations.

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How to Choose the Right Size Architectural Column

Posted on 6/1/18 10:20 AM

When choosing the correct column size for your project several questions immediately come to mind. Where do you begin? How do you determine what will look best for my project? Are there standards that I can reference? If yes, where can I find them?

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Polyurethane Crown Molding Options

Posted on 5/30/18 3:44 PM

Are you looking for an inexpensive way to make your home look more stunning as well as add value to it? Many homeowners use crown molding to give their rooms more character and warmth. One of the best crown molding materials is polyurethane. Here are some of the benefits of polyurethane crown molding, along with some creative options for using this type of crown molding throughout your home.

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Famous Era's for Home Style and Design: The History of Housing

Posted on 5/29/18 3:28 PM

When was the last time you really noticed a house? Perhaps you've noticed one that brought thoughts of your childhood or grandparents. Houses are more than buildings; they are homes where people grow, where stories develop, and where memories are made. Let's take a closer look at the evolution of home styles through the history of our nation:

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Fiberglass Columns: Ignoring The Myths And Misconceptions

Posted on 5/25/18 11:07 AM

When it comes to fiberglass columns, there are many myths and misconceptions floating around. These fallacies have caused many people to hesitate about using this product. As a result, a variety of issues can arise if one does not fully understand fiberglass columns and how they are supposed to work. Let’s clear up some of those myths and misconceptions for you today.

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The Benefits of Choosing Wood for Your Exterior Columns

Posted on 5/23/18 2:26 PM

If you are looking to spruce up the millwork surrounding your current property, you might be considering the installation of a few or more exterior columns. Large columns can provide quite a bit of visual pop to your property while adding additional support. That said, there are multiple types of materials available to create these columns and the sheer number of choices can seem overwhelming at first. If you want to stick with a classic look, there's likely no better choice for your exterior columns than wood. Here are some reasons why you might want to choose wood when building your new exterior columns.

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How Much Do Porch Columns Cost?

Posted on 5/21/18 3:41 PM

The vertical support that holds up your porch roof should not be taken lightly. Porch columns are an important feature of a 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 of porch columns. Here are a few...

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5 Ways To Prevent Wood Columns From Rotting

Posted on 5/17/18 10:36 AM

Wood, like all organic materials, will rot over time with exposure to the exterior elements. Water close to the base and or ice buildup are very hard on columns. The natural propensity for wood to act like what it was - a tree. Through osmosis, water is graduated upwards from the base of the shaft cell by cell to the top of the column. Even though the wood has been kiln dried, it still wants to be a tree again! As time goes on, the bottom of columns will absorb more water and will begin to rot; thus weakening the support of the columns. There is little that can be done to repair existing columns as the rot usually progresses extensively up the shaft. The type of wood is important as well. Pine works outside but a cedar or redwood is much better. Other species like maple or oak woods poor exterior woods.

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PVC Porch Railings Vs. Aluminum Porch Railings

Posted on 5/15/18 9:26 AM

Porch railings are everywhere and almost on any house that has a porch or stairs on the exterior of their home. When purchasing a porch railing system it is important to determine first what materials are available. A decision can be quite difficult especially when you have narrowed it down to either aluminum or PVC. The front porch is always one of the first noticeable features of a home so it is important to make sure you have the right railing.

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How To Correctly Paint Fiberglass Columns

Posted on 5/11/18 2:31 PM

Fiberglass columns are one of the most commonly purchased columns today. They are very easy to paint and offer a limited lifetime warranty (depending on where you purchased them from). They are extremely durable and can withstand a variety of conditions and abuse. Painting columns the correct way is very important. You don't want to have to sand it all down and start over again, so why not read these directions and get it right the first time!


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All You Need To Know About Fluted Columns

Posted on 5/9/18 2:57 PM

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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Which Balustrade System Works Best For You?

Posted on 5/7/18 3:00 PM

Whether you own a home or a business, chances are you need a railing to keep everyone safe while on your property. Balustrades can be used throughout several areas of a building, including stairs, balconies, decks, and even bridges. But doing research on the different kinds of railings can become overwhelming. There are so many choices, and it can be difficult finding the option that works best for your home's style. We have found and listed some of the best balustrade systems below, in the hopes that we can help make your decision easier.  

The first things we removed from our list were wood and metal handrails. If the purpose of a baluster is to have a sturdy barrier that protects you from falling, then you don't want materials that will easily deteriorate. When used on the exterior of your property and exposed to the elements, wood and metal will eventually weaken and require repair. Either that, or they will require you to spend additional money on preventative measures to avoid replacement.  

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What is a Bracket and Why Should You Consider them for Your Home?

Posted on 5/4/18 2:30 PM

What are brackets?

Brackets are a decorative architectural element common in Victorian style and historical replication buildings, included where the exterior wall of a building meets the underside of an arch, balcony, or overhanging eaves. Brackets can be made out of wood, metal, stone, or a variety of other building materials, and help to carry weight or strengthen angles.

Brackets can be used indoors or outdoors, and are commonly used under window ledges, shelves, eaves, balconies, window boxes, and more. Most brackets are decorative, but some brackets also have structural functionalities.

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Why You Should Go with Fiberglass for Your Outdoor Columns

Posted on 5/3/18 9:02 AM

Adding fancy millwork to the exterior of your home can significantly increase your property value as well as your curb appeal. When it comes to adding visual flair to your exterior decor, one popular option is to add columns under your porch or deck or even as standalone pieces. If you are debating over which type of material you should use for this new addition to your estate, here are a few reasons why fiberglass might be the best choice you can make.

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