WHY FIBERGLASS? Because they offer so many advantages over traditional wood columns, fiberglass columns have become very popular during the last several years.
Consistent quality and reduced maintenance
Easy to install with standard carpentry tools
Can usually be painted with acrylic paint or oil-based paint
Most are readily available in a variety of sizes and styles
Won’t chip, warp, peel or splinter the way wood does
Less impact from water or high humidity
Resistant to termites and other insects
WEATHER AND WOOD Bad weather and extreme temperatures can take a toll on exterior wood columns, especially during the winter. When moisture gets into the tiny cracks in the wood and then freezes, it can cause wood columns to expand. That can split and crack even the toughest wood. Fiberglass columns are not susceptible to this problem.
MAINTENANCE AND STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY Fiberglass columns also require considerably less maintenance, and they offer many more years of structural integrity than wood for foam/poly columns. It should be noted that foam/poly columns are not load bearing.
EASE OF INSTALLATION Fiberglass columns are relatively easy to install. The chart below shows that fiberglass columns take considerably less time to install and finish than wood columns. Where wood columns can take several hours to install and properly finish, fiberglass columns should take considerably less time.
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