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What are the Advantages of Composite Columns?

Posted by Kyle Boatwright on 7/25/18 3:25 PM

porch columns 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.

If you are facing a renovation or restoration involving wood or concrete columns, you should seriously consider using a composite column to cover the existing structure. Of course, depending on the state of deterioration, covering may not be practical. However, in many instances, you can realize substantial savings by using a decorative covering made out of composite materials over the existing structure rather than tearing it down to start over from scratch. With all the options available to you with us, you can have the customized look you want for less.

Composite columns made at Worthington Millwork are created from cast fiberglass, FRP (fiberglass reinforced polymer) fiberglass, polymer stone, and PVC (polyvinyl chloride).

Common Benefits

  • Highly Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Capital, Shaft, and Base choices
  • Splitting Options
  • Size and Dimension options
  • Made in U.S.A.
  • Limited Warranties

Additional Benefits
Cast Fiberglass

  • Class A Fire Rating
  • Waterproof
  • Rot Resistant
  • Preferred and Best Selling Architectural Column
  • Comes in sizes up to 24" diameter and custom heights
  • Cost savings under 16” diameter
  • Strong Load bearing capacity up to 20,000 lbs
  • Round or square, tapered or non-tapered
  • Custom fluting options available

FRP Fiberglass

  • Class A Fire Rating
  • Rot Resistant
  • Waterproof
  • Most Dynamic Fiberglass Column
  • Typically used for columns 16" or greater
  • Strong load capacity, up to 35,000 pounds
  • Round or square, tapered or non-tapered
  • Easy to install with the lighter weight material
  • Custom fluting options available

Polymer Stone

  • Class A Fire Rating
  • Look and Feel of Real Stone
  • Weighs 50% less than standard stone columns
  • Holds up to 20,000-pound load capacity
  • Manufactured in a rotary cast mold, allowing them to have a hollow core
  • 6 colors available by adding pigment to the casting material
  • Custom Color available

PVC

  • Impervious to Insects
  • Choice of Square Tapered or Non-Tapered Columns
  • Manufactured from PVC sheets with CNC router to create plain, fluted, raised panel and recessed panel options, from 6" to over 30" in width
  • Can be shipped knocked down flat, as two L-shaped halves around a structural support; joints are always on the corners so not seen once assembled
  • Pre-assembled shipping for decorative uses only
  • Numerous custom options and sizing available

How to get an estimate using the Column Builder Tool

Narrowing down the choice to what fits your needs best should be fairly easy given the unique qualities of each. Using the column builder tool helps you through the process. Here are the steps:

  1. Select style
  2. Select material
  3. Select capital
  4. Select shaft
  5. Select base
  6. Choose diameter and height
  7. Choose your cut plan (how you choose to have it cut for shipping)
  8. State quantity you need

With our column builder tool, you can create exactly the look you want, then click "submit for quote." If you need different heights or styles, you can create the next column and so on. It isn't unusual to have four floor to ceiling columns to hold a porch roof, plus 4' columns intermittently for attaching railings and banisters. Truly, it's totally your design and your creation, making your home look exactly the way you envision it. As you use the column builder tool, you'll see the resulting look as you move through each step. It is extremely user-friendly.

With so many options to choose from, you can create unbelievable curb appeal using composite columns. What's more, you can achieve the look at a fraction of the cost of completely tearing down what is existing and starting over, depending on the current condition. Having the shipping cut options will make it easier for installation when you are ready, also.

Regardless of which one you choose, you know you will be receiving an exceptional product made in America! At Worthington Millwork, we pride ourselves in keeping our country strong. If you ever receive any product from us that was not made in America, we will give you a full refund. Contact us today with any questions you have. We are here to serve you.

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