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Are Fiberglass Porch Columns Hollow?

Posted on 1/11/16 3:43 PM

Are Fiberglass Porch Columns Hollow?


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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6 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Polyurethane Balustrade System

Posted on 3/25/14 12:44 PM

(1)    Is your system pre-painted?  Polyurethane can be pre-painted prior to being packaged and shipped to your jobsite.  This is important because once you receive the product you can simply install the finished product and not paint it or simply paint over the top coat that is factory applied.  If your product is only primed, or partially primed, you will spend additional time and money just getting the product prepared to paint before applying final top coat.


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How Much Does it Cost to Replace Polyurethane Porch Railings?

Posted on 10/2/13 2:43 PM

The cost to replace your porch railing system with a polyurethane railing system depends on numerous factors. Not only do you need to consider the price of the product itself but how much it costs to hire a contractor and the time and labor involved. These factors can add on more expenses. So, let's answer a few of these questions for you.

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Polymer Stone Balustrade on a Charleston Single Style Home

Posted on 7/2/13 2:16 PM

One of the great benefits of custom building a new home is that you get the opportunity to hand select each and every component of the house.  Though the thought and process may be both overwhelming and time consuming it is comforting to know that the end result will be built and designed the way you wanted your home to look and feel and there is no greater satisfaction.  Much of this decision process should be consulted with your architect, builder and designer to ensure that what you have in mind doesn’t conflict with the design or clash with the architecture of the home.

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How To Build A Crown Moulding Miter Box

Posted on 6/13/13 1:44 PM

Installing crown moulding, like playing the piano, takes practice. Unlike playing the piano, however, most people can get the hang of it with only a little practice. Before you take the time to become a master, however, you may want more information on preassembled corner pieces that simplify the project tremendously.

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How do You Secure Your Front Porch Columns to Prevent Wind Uplift?

Posted on 4/24/13 8:54 AM

We often get this question a lot and fortunately there are two ways to properly secure your front porch using the proper wind uplift system with fiberglass porch columns.  Whichever method you use it is always important to contact a structural engineer to verify load capacities of the structural supports used in either application.

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4 Critical Questions to Ask a Contractor Before You Hire Them

Posted on 3/4/13 11:48 AM

1. Is your company bonded and insured?   

First let’s break down the two items in the questions.  
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How to Fit your Polyurethane Entrance System around Your Door.

Posted on 2/19/13 3:37 PM
Figuring out the correct measurement for your entrance system can be a challenge sometimes.  But first it is important to what components go on an entrance system and then you can determine what the size each of the parts will be need to be to fit around your door.  


Click this link to download a guide to better understand each part of an Entrance System:

Entrance System Guide

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Fiberglass Column & Polyurethane Balustrade System install – Florida

Posted on 2/14/13 4:09 PM

This magnificent porch column and polyurethane balustrade system installation project was installed by Shaffer Building Repair, Inc. located in Boca Grande, Florida.  This residential installation of the porch system is highlighted by six 14” x 10’ Plain Round Tapered Fiberglass columns (product # 11410PLTUSTUS) on the 1st floor and five 12” x 8’ Plain Round Tapered columns (product # 11208PLTUSTUS) on the 2nd floor.  These columns were split for reassembly to surround a structural support which prevents uplift in the high wind areas such as Florida. The seam was well hidden by the installation crew using our fiberglass column split kit specifically designed to reassemble split fiberglass columns. Bondo was then later used to hide the seam and after drying was ready for priming and painting. As seen in these project photos, when done correctly, the split seam should not be noticeable. 

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3 Tips to Minimize Joints Between Polyurethane Crown Molding Sections

Posted on 2/11/13 3:43 PM

One of the biggest problems/complaints that we get after our client installs crown moldings is, “how do I cover up the joints that are between my molding sections?”  It is normal for every building product to expand and contract during hot and cold temperatures and polyurethane crown molding is no exception.  This type of crown molding can be used for interior and exterior uses so extreme hot and cold temperatures will be tested on the molding.  This however is a problem that needs to be resolved during installation as once the crown molding is installed there is very little that can be done to resolve seeing the seam. By following these three tips below you can minimize, if not eliminate, the potential threat of that seam that can become quite the eye-soar after a finished installation.

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5 Steps - How to Install Balustrade Systems up to Round Porch Columns

Posted on 2/7/13 4:52 PM

Many people purchase a balustrade system that will be installed into their round porch columns. This can present a challenge of having to install a balustrade railing, which has square ends, into a round porch column. So how do you do this? We have put together these five steps on how to attach a rail to a porch column to help you get around this challenge.

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Fiberglass Column, Polyurethane Balustrade Installation in Dallas, TX

Posted on 2/5/13 2:09 PM

This custom home is an excellent example of how using exterior architectural products can make your home stand out and create unbelievable curb appeal.  The client used a combination of fiberglass and polyurethane exterior products to capitalize on a grand look.

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Fiberglass Columns for Sale; But How Much do They Cost?

Posted on 2/1/13 10:36 AM

There are many styles available for fiberglass columns on the market today.  In fact there are almost 60 different scenarios when you look at just the round tapered architecturally correct column alone! Typically what column type is used on a project is a round tapered fiberglass column with a Tuscan style capital and base.  This style can be seen on houses ranging from Mediterranean to Colonial to Plantation style homes. However there are many other styles of columns available on the market other than just the Plain Round Tuscan Style. There are also square columns, non-tapered columns, fluted or plain columns, raised panel or recessed panel columns and columns that have decorative capitals. By adding these, you can get into hundreds of different scenarios for fiberglass columns!  

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