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Fiberglass Columns VS. Wood Columns

Posted by Worthington Millwork on 3/7/17 1:56 PM

Fiberglass Columns vs. Wood Columns | Worthington MillworkOur 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.



Fiberglass - Limited Lifetime Warranty

Wood - 1 year warranty

Cost Difference

Fiberglass - Due to the popularity of the fiberglass column material, the cost has decreased significantly since the 90's compared to the wood. Fiberglass has become much cheaper since it is much more widely produced.

Wood - Wood columns cost more to not only purchase but to maintain over time.

Weight & Load Bearing Capacity

Fiberglass - A 12"x8' fiberglass column holds 18,000 pounds and weighs 114 pounds.

Wood - A 12"x8' wood column holds 10,000 pounds and weighs 55 pounds.


Once painted, the fiberglass and wood columns look very similar. Upon closer inspection you will notice some slight differences; the neck mold, the base, and the texture.


Fiberglass - Rot proof, Insect proof and water proof.

Wood - Great for interior but will not last long on the exterior of your home.


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Topics: Wood Columns, Architectural Columns, Porch Columns, Fiberglass Porch Columns

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