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How to add punch to your front porch by changing the look of your columns

In front porch design, columns and posts serve a dual purpose—providing necessary vertical support to the roof while also serving as a stylish, architectural element. Refreshing the look of the columns on your porch can change the overall appearance of your home—enhancing its curb appeal and making it stand out from the rest of the houses on your street.

Before embarking on this type of project, it’s wise to take some time to think about the size, shape, and material that could add the most impact to your home. Here are some great tips from our pros:


Consider the size of your front porch space and be sure to choose columns with similar scale. Oversized columns work nicely on larger porches but will only consume valuable space on a smaller porch, leaving you feeling cramped. You can achieve the same grand feeling on a small porch by choosing more proportionate, but equally impactful, columns.


Columns come in a wide variety of shapes that give you the opportunity to bring out the intrinsic style of your home. Are you the proud owner of an elegant Victorian home? Shop for posts with a more delicate, ornate shape to accent your grand old lady. Is your home more of a Craftsman style? You’ll be drawn to a simpler, sturdier shape like a thick, square column.


Most porch posts are built from wood or composite materials. Wood columns are less expensive, but require regular maintenance, such as caulking and painting, to keep them looking good. Composite materials may cost more initially but are virtually maintenance-free. Composites are also more durable which means they’ll last longer.

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If you’re interested in taking on a front porch upgrade—or any other home improvement project—we’d like to help. We offer experience and expertise in a wide variety of projects, from exterior repairs to room additions and remodeled bathrooms to remodeled kitchens. Call us for a free quote today at 910-426-1800.


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