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Why Fiberglass Columns Are The Way To Go

Posted by Worthington Millwork on 12/3/19 5:00 AM

40125847-5706-4ac3-a629-30c7bde3f95e-upload-DSC05042When choosing columns for the interior or exterior of your home, it is important that you choose columns that will work well for you. One very important thing to consider is the material that your columns are made out of. One material that is often used to create excellent quality columns is fiberglass. Fiberglass is created from a combination of glass and plastic fibers, and other raw materials, such silica sand, limestone, and soda ash. These materials are melted and woven together to make a very strong and durable fiberglass, thus creating an excellent structure for a column. Here are some reasons why fiberglass columns are the way to go.

Several Different Design Options

When it comes to design options, fiberglass columns give you several great ones. First off, you can decide whether you would like to go with a square or a round column. From there, you can determine if you would like to have your column tapered or not. If your column is tapered, it will increase in size as it reaches the base. There are also several design options for the molding around the base and the top of your column. You can go with square or rounded corners, or something more detailed and classy, such as Greek or Roman designs. These designs add detail to your column and make it much more personalized to your home or business.

You Determine The Dimensions

Fiberglass columns are definitely not one-size-fits-all type of columns. Each column is made to fit the specific dimensions of your interior or exterior space. The square and rounded columns generally range in height from 6 feet to 30 feet. This makes it possible for you to use your column for one or two story structures with ease. If the column isn't tapered, you even have the option of cutting it, if for some reason you don't get the correct height for your needs. 

Fire, Water, and Rot Resistant 

When you are choosing a fiberglass column, you want one that is going to last you for the life of your structure. Even if your columns are covered under warranty, the thought of having them replaced can seem tedious and overwhelming. Thankfully, fiberglass columns are made to last and replacement generally isn't going to be an issue. They are made to be fire resistant, which is crucial for columns that are located both inside and outside of your home. If a fire were to break out, your columns would be more likely to keep your structure standing. The fiberglass columns are also water resistant, which helps them withstand water from rain, snow, and sprinklers. Lastly, unlike some wood columns, they are rot resistant. This means that you don't have to be fearful that your columns are weak on the inside, without you even knowing it. 

Strong and Lightweight

Fiberglass columns give you the best of both worlds because they are lightweight and easy to carry, but also incredibly strong at the same time. FRP Fiberglass columns can actually hold up to 35,000 pounds! This makes them incredibly versatile for all types of residential and commercial structures. Their lightweight design also makes getting them to the appropriate location a breeze. 

Fiberglass columns have a lot to offer. The design options that you have are vast, you get to determine the dimensions that work for you, they are fire, water, and rot resistant, and they are both strong and lightweight. 

If you would like to know more about the different types of fiberglass columns that are available and/or order some for yourself, then you should definitely consider contacting us at Worthington Millwork

Topics: Architectural Columns, Porch Columns, Fiberglass Porch Columns, Decorative Capitals, split columns, loadbearing columns

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