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The Benefits of Choosing Wood for Your Exterior Columns

Posted by Kyle Boatwright on 5/23/18 2:26 PM

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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.

Little Deterioration Due to Heat

Is your property located somewhere that has warm temperatures throughout the year? If so, you will want to pick a building material that can withstand the heat all year long and wood might be exactly what you are looking for. This is due to the fact that wood does not have problems with expansion or deterioration due to heat. In fact, heat usually makes wood dry out, which only makes it even stronger. In short, the natural thermal properties of wood are simply better than those of steel or other popular column materials.

Assistance with Sound Absorption

Are your wood columns being installed near a backyard or patio where you intend to throw outdoor parties or splash around in the pool with family and friends? If you are interested in keeping the noise you create within the confines of your own property, wood can help in this regard. Wood is great at absorbing sound, meaning it can prevent noise and echoes from spreading throughout your neighborhood. To put it another way, take a close look at the walls and columns inside your local concert hall the next time you see a show. You'll likely see a good bit of wood throughout the room, because of the excellent sound absorption. You can apply this same logic to your own property with the installation of exterior wood columns, thereby providing your family and friends with some additional privacy while they are enjoying themselves outside in your backyard.

Naturally Beautiful

There are as many colors of wood as there are types of trees in the world. If you want to go with a truly classic look for your exterior columns, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better material. Whether you go with wood crafted from yellow birch, black ash, or American elm, you'll be getting a wood column that maintains its natural vibe. If the wood's natural color isn't a perfect match for you, that's no problem. Wood can easily be stained so that it is a great fit for the rest of your estate and property. In short, it's relatively simple to get a wood column to be the exact hue you desire, or it's at least easier than if you went with another type of material.

If you are in the market for some new exterior columns, there are a number of reasons why you might want to consider wood as your material of choice. Wood is naturally beautiful, but it is also easy to stain to get the exact hue that you desire. Wood is also known for standing up incredibly well in warmer temperatures, as dried-out wood becomes stronger over time. If privacy is important to you, you'll be happy to know that your new wood columns come with natural sound absorption properties that can help keep your backyard conversations and pool-splashing within the confines of your own property. For more information on how exterior wood columns can add some extra visual flair and strength to your home, reach out to a contractor or reputable millwork company today.

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