Whether you’d like to enhance the design of your home or add dimension to an otherwise flat, unappealing facade, columns have the power to up your home’s curb appeal.
Types of Columns
Before starting your project, research which type of column will work best for your home.
- Fiberglass– This is the most popular material used in new home construction. Fiberglass is waterproof, anti-rot and very impact resistant. In addition, fiberglass offers superior structural ratings and warranties. It also comes in many styles that will complement most exteriors.
- Wood– Give your home a warmth that can’t be replicated by any other material. Styles of wood are very diverse, ranging from elaborately painted posts to rustic stains. Just remember that wood can be temperamental and needs proper maintenance. Ensure that your wooden column is properly treated prior to installation.
- PVC– This is a popular alternative to fiberglass. It comes in a variety of styles and is water and rot resistant. However, take into account the load bearing requirements of your project as PVC columns are non-structural.
- Nature Stone– Whether you have your heart set on a rustic slate or a classical marble, the sky is the limit with natural stone. Unfortunately, stone is also very expensive as it is a nonrenewable resource and requires intensive labor.
- Stone Alternatives– If you can’t afford natural stone don’t give up. Products like DuraStone were created with classical enthusiasts in mind. DuraStone is extremely durable, will never need painted and, unlike stone, is completely impervious to moisture.
Using Columns to Up Your Curb Appeal
Consider the big picture when designing your exterior facade. If you do it right, you can make a lasting impression on guests and future buyers alike.
- Style– Be true to the style of your home. For example, install elaborate wooden columns to enhance the authenticity of your historical Victorian. Design websites, such as Houzz and Pinterest, are excellent tools to pinpoint the exact features of your style. Some houses are blank slates. This is a great opportunity to create your own style. The front entrance is the first impression your guests will have of your home; make it a lasting one!
- Scale- Consider the size of your home and porch before installing your new columns. Bulky columns on a small porch tend to overpower a design while skinny columns can look ineffectual.
- Base– Add contrast by choosing a unique base or mixing materials. Try combining a natural wood column with a stone base for the ultimate rustic lodge look.
So, try it out! Armed with practicality and design, make your home beautiful.