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5 Ways To Prevent Wood Columns From Rotting

Posted on 10/8/18 9:30 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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What's The Difference Between Molded Fluted Columns And Adjustable Fluted Columns?

Posted on 9/26/18 2:58 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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A Guide to Custom Columns

Posted on 9/21/18 10:00 AM

One of the best ways to spruce up your home is to incorporate columns--indoors or out, custom columns add style and elegance in a relatively small project. When you look at Pinterest or home magazines for inspiration, you'll notice that columns come in a huge range of options, from simple round spindles to layered and decorative designs. The more ornate columns are all custom made--something that seems extravagant but in reality is nothing more than mixing and matching.

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Porch Posts Versus Porch Columns, What is the Difference?

Posted on 9/17/18 11:05 AM

Did you know that there is a difference between a porch post and a porch column? Don't worry, you are not alone. The main differences are really in the detail and you can't go wrong with either application. It really depends on the look you are trying to achieve with your home. Never be afraid to consult with an architect to make sure which would fit best with your style of home and how many exactly you will need to hold up that front porch.
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Key Measurements to Help You Design the Perfect Front Porch

Posted on 9/12/18 11:07 AM

As indoor-outdoor living has become a more popular lifestyle, homebuyers are once again asking (demanding) for a front porch. And why not? They are a multifunctional space that frames the home's entrance while providing instant curb appeal. Similar to all major home-improvement projects, a good plan is vital. Here is a look at some of the key things to consider when designing the perfect front porch.  

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Fiberglass Columns VS. Wood Columns

Posted on 9/10/18 9:45 AM

Our 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.

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Top 10 Questions You Should Ask When Buying Square or Round Fiberglass Columns.

Posted on 9/5/18 11:02 AM

Ordering fiberglass columns can be overwhelming and mind-boggling when you have no idea what you should be buying in the first place.  Questions with regards to quality, manufacturer reputation, column longevity, warranty, materials and shipping come to mind. No worries, we have come up with a list of 10 questions you should ask your manufacturer when purchasing columns.

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Traditional Architecture and Modern Homes

Posted on 9/4/18 3:30 PM

Perusing real estate websites for inspiration to warm up your own modern home is guaranteed to confuse you--houses aren't just ranch, bungalow, or colonial anymore; they're mid-century, or transitional, or any strange architectural combination--modern Mediterranean, anyone?

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Benefits Of Using Fiberglass Porch Columns

Posted on 8/29/18 2:24 PM

Fiberglass porch columns, orcast columns, are one of the most popular kind of architectural columns out there. Because so many different options are available, they offer a decorative flair that is unique and sophisticated. A quick look at Worthington's column builder should give you a good idea of how versatile they really are. While in the past wood porch columns were more popular than fiberglass porch columns, but fiberglass columns really are the preferable alternative, considering they're much sturdier, easier to paint, and extremely affordable.

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Which Architectural Column Material is the Most Affordable?

Posted on 8/22/18 2:10 PM

Architectural columns have been around for decades; so it is no wonder that that they are so popular. They have been used on several different style houses including Federal, Greek Revival, Octagon, Colonial Revival, Dutch Colonial Revival, Beaux Arts, American Foursquare, Arts & Crafts and Ranch style. Each of these style home's have a very distinctive look to them. When you replace columns you want to try your best to replicate the columns that are to the style of the home. When building a new home you more or less have a choice of what type of column you want to put on your home. After simply deciding that you want columns the next step is choosing a material and getting the price. This can most often be difficult so let's break it down.

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How To Install Fiberglass Columns

Posted on 8/15/18 3:15 PM

Installing fiberglass columns can sometime be confusing or a hassle. We have broken down our installation instructions so that it is easy to install and also fast. This is simple enough that a homeowner can do it! As always if you have any questions on your installation feel free to give us a call!

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Architectural Columns: A Guide to Exterior and Interior Columns

Posted on 8/13/18 12:12 PM

As an essential element gracing the front entrance of many homes, architectural columns have traditionally served a dual role, adding both structural support to front porch overhangs and creating a distinctive architectural style. While columns can be viewed simply as an upright pillar used for decorative purposes, or on the exterior of a home to support a roof or within a home to support ceiling beams, there is no minimizing the visual effect that classical or contemporary architectural columns can add to a home's decor. Depending on the style of columns used, they can add either graceful elegance or visual power to a home's entrance or interior.

 

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What are the Advantages of Composite Columns?

Posted on 7/25/18 3:25 PM

Columns add visual charm or elegance, depending on style. They can be structural, simply decorative, or both. They can be made from a wide variety of materials, also. For our purposes today, let's look at the advantages of composite columns.

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5 Frequently Asked Questions About Column Covers

Posted on 7/23/18 12:12 PM

What are column covers?

Column covers are porch columns that are split vertically to surround a round or square column in half and with the purpose to hide a structural support. This structural support may be round or square and in either case it is important to know the interior dimensions of the column and how big of a post it will be surrounding. It is also important to take in mind that when figuring for a square support you must use the diagonal measurement. Who said that 10th grade geometry wouldn’t come in handy in the future? In case you forgot the formula it is A^2 + B^2 = C^2 where A and B are the side widths of the post. C would be equal to the hypotenuse or the diagonal going across the square.

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Wood Substitutes For Your Porch With Heavy Architectural Details

Posted on 7/18/18 1:36 PM

Old houses endure, but not so much the porches that give the home character. If left unpainted, even first-growth millwork will eventually splinter and rot, especially if it's been fancifully scroll-cut. So if your porch is in good shape, count yourself fortunate (and keep a paintbrush handy). For those longing to re-create a period porch, you're in luck: Recent innovations in building materials make it possible to hit all the architectural high notes - often without requiring the kind of skilled construction that's been hard to come by since World War II .

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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 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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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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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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