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From Aesthetics to Safety: 5 Reasons to Choose Polyurethane Millwork

Posted on 7/16/18 1:08 PM

If you're considering elevating your home's elegance with unique, quality millwork, you might want to consider using polyurethane products.

Polyurethane is an ozone-safe material that not only offers a timelessly elegant look to any home, but also offers several incredible safety and convenience features. Here are a few facts about polyurethane to consider when updating or designing your home:

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Affordable Columns and Railings to Transform Your Porch

Posted on 7/16/18 8:39 AM

Adding a railing around a porch not only adds a level of safety, but makes a porch feel more like an outdoor room. There are so many options of style and material for columns and railings, one is really only limited by their imagination.

For our purposes here, when we say "railings" we are discussing the top and bottom materials used to hold the banister material between the two. The "banisters" make up the decorative material used to enclose your porch. Together with "columns" for roof support and posts for railings to attach to, you can create any style you choose to compliment your home's porch.

A variety of materials have been used for creating balustrades, railings, and columns. Everything from grapevines and limbs to stainless steel and glass. Truly, your imagination is your only limit. Sourcing the material you choose may be a bit more difficult if you step too far outside the box. However, if you can imagine it, you can probably make it happen.

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Porch Column Ideas From Traditional to Modern

Posted on 7/12/18 12:43 PM

In the past, a home's front porch served as the main outdoor gathering place for social visits and family relaxation. As a matter of fact, the history of our changing culture can be seen through the various architectural forms and purposes of the front porch. Why was the front porch so significant to family life during colonial times? A University of Virginia thesis on The Cultural Significance of the American Front Porch supposes that the front porch was the family's connection to their land, and to nature - in a country where the wilderness was still yet to be tamed:

In essence, the porch served as a vital transition between the uncontrollable out-of-doors and the cherished interior of the home...In many ways, the front porch represented the American ideal of family. The porch, in essence, was an outdoor living room, where the family could retire after the activities of a long day.

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How to Restore Your Home to Its Architectural Era

Posted on 7/9/18 12:37 PM

Lovers of architecture and history believe they will enjoy marrying the two when taking on restoring an older home to its natural glory. Staying true to the home's architectural era may be more of a challenge than expected. Worthington Millwork can help! 

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Guidelines for Choosing the Best Materials for Your Porch Railing

Posted on 7/6/18 9:27 AM

When building their homes, many American homeowners put a lot of thought into the type of porch they want, but sometimes they don't think much about their porch railings. Of course, the primary function of a railing is to protect individuals and pets from falling off of the elevated porch. Besides providing security, porch railings are also beautiful, adding curb appeal to a home. Before buying just any type of railing material, it's important to consider your maintenance needs and the style of your house. Here are some basic guidelines for choosing the best materials for your porch railing, along with a few considerations and warnings.

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How To Join Split Fiberglass Columns

Posted on 7/5/18 12:36 PM

There are many reason that someone may want to use split columns. These columns are for decoration purposes only. Any pole that you may not like (maybe on your porch or in your basement) column wraps can certainly make them beautiful to look at.

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How to Benefit From Using Wood for Interior Columns

Posted on 7/2/18 1:19 PM

Columns are one of those architectural details that can be used in a wide variety of materials and styles. While all columns are lovely, wood has benefits no other material can give. Today we want to focus on the benefits you receive when using wooden columns inside your home.


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

Posted on 6/29/18 1:01 PM

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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5 Tips To Accent Outdoor Spaces Using Tapered Columns

Posted on 6/27/18 1:29 PM

There are many ways to change the look of plain outdoor space. Today, homeowners want to have outdoor living space that includes accents of their interior design. Columns will add elegant architectural features to the millwork carpentry that is done inside and outside of your home. Tapered columns are a great way to add details to features like decks and covered porches. Here are some tips to help accent these outdoor spaces using tapered columns:

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Tapered vs. Non-Tapered Columns: Which is Better?

Posted on 6/25/18 2:38 PM
The column is a design feature in modern designs. In historical buildings it was a structural necessity, serving to hold the roof structure. The architectural science of the period was without the arch and other means of bearing weight in buildings. Some ancient Mediterranean civilizations like the Egyptians and the Persians used columns entirely for the practical purpose of holding the roof inside the buildings. They decorated the outside walls with sculptures, reliefs cut into the walls, and painting. Columns were kept inside the buildings as weight-bearing elements. The Greeks and Romans saw the decorative value of columns and began constructing them for extensive use outside the buildings as well.

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Creative Crown Molding Ideas for Sprucing Up a Room

Posted on 6/22/18 2:18 PM

Crown molding is a versatile architectural tool when it comes to room design. From bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, and even bathrooms, a little crown molding can go a long way to add a touch of elegance and style to any room. 

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Balustrade Systems - What Choices Are Out There?

Posted on 6/20/18 2:15 PM

When it comes to balustrade systems there are several choices out there. Which is the right one for you is strictly personal. Whether you go with frameless/semi-frameless glass, metal/cables, fiberglass, polyurethane, or polymer stone, they are all beautiful when they fit into your design.

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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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