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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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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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