Decorative Porch Columns for Beauty & Structure
Decorative porch columns play a dual role in architecture, providing both structural support and aesthetic appeal. Homeowners, contractors and architects enjoy the form and function of decorative columns in exterior spaces. Outdoor decorative columns have several functions that enhance your outdoor areas. Bear in mind, not all decorative columns are load-bearing. Some are there purely for their looks.
In many buildings, columns serve a critical role as load-bearing structures. They're designed to support the weight of the structure above them, such as a roof, a porch or a balcony. Even in modern construction where walls bear most of the load, columns are often used to provide extra support and stability.
Decorative exterior support columns are crucial design elements. They've been used for thousands of years to add elegance and grandeur to buildings, from the ancient Greeks' majestic temples to modern-day homes. The various styles of columns, such as Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Tuscan and Modern, offer different architectural vibes and can significantly enhance a building's exterior.
In addition to their structural and aesthetic functions, columns can be used to define outdoor spaces. For instance, they can indicate a transition between a home's interior and exterior or delineate a porch or patio area.
Enhancing Property Value
Well-crafted, aesthetically pleasing decorative columns can also boost the value of a property by improving its curb appeal. In this way, investing in high-quality outdoor decorative columns offers both immediate enjoyment and long-term financial benefits.
Choosing the Best Material for Decorative Load-Bearing Columns
Decorative load-bearing columns are available in various materials. Your choice will depend on what look you're trying to achieve, how much maintenance you're willing to do and the function of your columns. Here's a quick guide to help you decide which is the best material:
- Wood: Traditional and warm, wood columns are a great choice for certain styles like Craftsman or rustic homes. However, wood columns require regular maintenance to prevent rot, cracking and insect damage.
- Fiberglass: Decorative columns made of fiberglass are incredibly durable and require less maintenance than wood. Fiberglass columns can be crafted to mimic the look of traditional materials and are an excellent choice for load-bearing purposes.
- Aluminum: Exceptionally sturdy and suitable for heavy loads, aluminum columns can be molded into various shapes and designs. However, aluminum may not offer the same classic aesthetic as wood or fiberglass.
Go for a Makeover With Decorative Column Wraps
To give existing columns a new look, consider our decorative column wraps. Crafted from high-quality cellular PVC, these wraps merge resistance to moisture and insects with the versatility of wood. Our meticulously designed, pre-assembled cellular PVC L-wraps come with mitered joints, cap and base trim (sold separately with PermaSnap), nail strip, squaring blocks and adhesive caulk. This type of PVC column wrap promises a hassle-free installation process.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Decorative Columns
Following are answers to some of the common questions we've gotten about decorative columns. Please feel free to contact us if you have additional concerns about posts for your building, decorative columns for your porch or any other product we sell.
How Do I Maintain My HB&G Decorative Porch Columns?
Maintenance will depend on your column's material. For instance, wood columns may require periodic painting or sealing, while our PVC column wraps are low-maintenance and only require occasional cleaning. We provide detailed care instructions with each column purchase.
What Kind of Warranty Do You Offer on Outdoor Decorative Columns?
HB&G stands behind the quality of our products. Except for wood columns, most of our outdoor decorative columns and column wraps are backed by a 25-year limited warranty. Specific warranty details may vary by product, so please refer to the product documentation or contact our team for complete information.
Where Can I Buy HB&G Decorative Exterior Support Columns?
HB&G decorative exterior support columns can be purchased through our extensive network of distributors nationwide. Use our dealer locator to find the closest retailer to you. We're committed to making our high-quality products conveniently accessible to our customers.
Perk Up Your Property With Decorative Columns from HB&G
Add a touch of elegance and timeless appeal to your property with decorative porch columns from HB&G. Our superior craftsmanship, diverse style options and robust materials are tailored to meet your unique architectural needs, ensuring your exteriors look stunning and stand the test of time. We also have an impressive selection of interior columns, so if you need to spruce up your home or add an architectural element to your space, we can help. Choose HB&G, and transform your property into a beacon of style and sophistication that leaves a lasting impression.