How do I Purchase and Build Porch Posts?

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How do I Purchase and Build Porch Posts?
If the columns on your porch are falling apart or just need a facelift, you can replace them by purchasing or building new porch posts. (thread on tree, porch image by Rina from Fotolia.com)

Small changes to the exterior of a home can enhance its curb appeal. Purchasing, building or renovating the existing porch posts are ways to make an eye-catching impact.

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Purchasing Porch Posts

When purchasing porch posts, have a price range and style in mind. A contractor or retailer can assist you in determining whether your desired materials and styles will fit your budget.

Common Materials for Posts

A cost-effective material to use when building porch posts is PVC. It looks like wood when painted and never rots. Wood also is cost effective and can be purchased smooth or with carved details. Stone and brick are the most expensive materials used in building porch posts, but add value and elegance to your home.

Updating Skinny Posts

Contractors often build homes using 4- by 4-inch pressure-treated posts to hold up a porch roof. These posts are strong and typically less expensive, but some homeowners may think they look skinny. You can achieve a more proportional look by building a box around these posts.

Fixing Rotting Posts

If porch posts are not structurally sound, shore up the roof and replace the posts with new posts designed to resist rot. If your posts do not need to be replaced, replace the exterior of the post with a material of your choosing.

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