At Handyman Connection of Charleston, we know a thing or two about front porch columns – check out this porch column installation we recently completed for a customer – and we can help you install any type, style or make you’d like to complete your home’s exterior.
But which columns are best for your home? Learn more about the different porch column options, styles and types right here:
Things to Consider When Choosing Porch Columns
Types of Porch Column Surfaces
As the name suggests, smooth columns have no grooves or indentations on their surfaces and are completely even all around.
Raised panel columns have engraved surfaces that resemble the look of a panel on each side; these are only found on square columns.
Fluted columns have vertical grooves engraved into the sides of the column. In round columns, these grooves go all the way around the surface of the column. In square columns, there are usually 5 or 6 grooves on each of the four faces of the column.
Tapered vs. Non-Tapered Columns
Tapered columns flare out slightly, getting wider the further down the column you go (see both images below for examples).
Non-tapered columns are the same width from top to bottom.
Both tapered and non-tapered columns can be round or square in shape.
Round Porch Columns
Most of the classic, historical column designs are round in shape. The exact style you’ll want for your home depends, but round columns are commonly found on tall, large front porches.
Most round porch columns you’ll see in the store are typically either fluted, non-fluted, tapered or non-tapered.
But if you’re into architectural history, here are a few architectural terms used for different round column styles:
- Doric: A slightly tapered column style with a fluted surface.
- Ionic: Slightly more fluted than Doric columns, with Greek-like scrolls drooping over the top.
- Corinthian: Extremely ornate, leaf-like top, fluted similarly to the Ionic style. Ideal for homes with ornate exteriors.
- Tuscan: The Roman adaptation of the Doric, with no fluting on the surface. This is one of the most common round styles used.
- Composite: The Roman adaptation of the Corinthian, incorporating the scrolls of the Ionic style with the leaf-like top of the Corinthian.
Square Porch Columns
Square porch columns can come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
One of the most popular modern square styles is the Craftsman porch column – this is a square column that tapers out, getting wider toward the bottom. These are commonly placed atop stone or paneled pedestals made of wood or PVC.
However, thin square porch columns look great on Colonial-style homes with open-concept, covered front porches.
Call Handyman Connection of Charleston for Expert Porch Column Installation
Once you’ve found the perfect front porch columns, give us a call to handle the installation. We offer expert home maintenance and installation services throughout the Charleston area and we’ll work with you to make sure you’re happy with the process from start to finish and bring your home exterior dreams to life.