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Home Improvement / January 24, 2020
At Handyman Connection of Mount Pleasant, we know a thing or two about front porch columns 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:
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 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.
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:
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.
Once you’ve found the perfect front porch columns, give us a call at (843) 287-9223 or fill out an online form to handle the installation. We offer expert home maintenance and installation services throughout the Mount Pleasant 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.