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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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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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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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American Architecture: The Elements of Craftsman Style Columns

Posted on 6/8/18 10:00 AM

What is Craftsman Style?

Craftsman homes were primarily inspired by the work of two architect brothers — Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene — who worked together in Pasadena, California, at the turn of the 20th century. The Greene brothers were influenced by the English Arts and Crafts movement (a reaction against the Industrial Revolution in an effort to promote the work of craftsmen and the handmade over the machine made), as well as by Oriental wooden architecture. 
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Guidelines for Buying Ceiling Medallions

Posted on 6/4/18 2:20 PM

Do you have a room in your house that you'd like to transform in only a few hours without putting a strain on your wallet? If so, consider adding a ceiling medallion as this can give a room a feeling of elegance, while adding character to what was once an ordinary looking living area. Before rushing out to buy just any ceiling medallion, it's important to consider size, style and other factors. Here are some of the advantages of polyurethane ceiling medallions, along with several basic buying guidelines and other considerations.

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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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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 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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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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Fiberglass Columns VS. Wood Columns

Posted on 3/7/17 1:56 PM

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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Are Fiberglass Porch Columns Hollow?

Posted on 1/11/16 3:43 PM

Are Fiberglass Porch Columns Hollow?

Yes!

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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What is an "All Fiberglass" Porch Column?

Posted on 12/14/15 9:46 AM

If you conduct a search online for the phrase "fiberglass porch 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!  Most E-commerce companies offer a picture, a part and a price and call it a fiberglass column.

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Porch Posts Versus Porch Columns, What is the Difference?

Posted on 10/30/15 10:00 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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