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Why You Should Go with Fiberglass for Your Outdoor Columns

Posted by Kyle Boatwright on 5/3/18 9:02 AM

Fiberglass Outdoor ColumnsAdding 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.

Durable and Long Lasting

If you already have columns on the inside of your home, it's likely they might be crafted from wood. But wood doesn't always stand up that well when it comes to Mother Nature. If you want a millwork material that will stand the test of time and look as great on the outside of your home 20 years from now as the day you installed it, fiberglass is the way to go. Fiberglass is incredibly sturdy and won't be prone to wood rot. Fiberglass also does not need any protective coatings applied year after year in order to stand up to the elements. You can maybe wipe your columns down with some soap and water once a season, but for the most part, your new fiberglass installation will be maintenance free.

Incredibly Adaptable

Another benefit of fiberglass is that it can be custom constructed to fit almost any situation. If you are using a fiberglass column to hold up part of your house, you can install it in a myriad of ways that will increase the column's visual flair without giving up any reliability. You can place it in a corner, up against another wall or even create a column that moves from the front of your house to the side. You'll want to reach out to a contractor to figure out exactly how crazy you can safely get with your new design but the point is that fiberglass opens up a number of architectural options that other materials can't provide.

A Perfect Fit for the Style of Your Home

Does your house have a lot of round or square shapes along the exterior? Perhaps you've chosen to go with a more tapered look? No matter which architecture style you've chosen, fiberglass columns can be crafted to look like an exact match for your existing exterior decor. Fiberglass can also be painted with both acrylic and oil based paints so you can create a column that is an exact match for the home's exterior hue.

You Don't Have to Rip Your Home Apart

Does your home already have a lot of existing pillars or posts along your house's exterior? If so, you might be thinking that you'll have to rip these existing posts out before the fiberglass column can be installed. That would be a hassle, as the posts might be providing support for your porch or another structure. But with fiberglass, you can actually wrap a new column around your existing pillars or posts without actually having to remove anything. This ability to install fiberglass as a column wrap or through split assembly means easy, hassle-free installation for you or your contractor.

If you are looking to add some significant visual flair to your home's exterior, you can't go wrong with using fiberglass to create eye-popping columns to support your porch, deck or another similar structure. Fiberglass columns are durable and long lasting, incredibly easy to install, almost maintenance free and can be molded to fit your home's current style. For more information, reach out to a reputable millwork company to get started.

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