Capitals & Bases
Some columns are structural; others are merely decorative. Structural
Columns are made of materials that can bear substantial weight:
wood, aluminum or fiberglass composites. Non-structural columns
are made of gypsum and foam and other composite material (some
are hollow and may receive weight-bearing wood or metal posts).
columns come in many classic shapes. They're typically sold in almost
an unlimited range of size and may
be coupled with any of a variety of decorative caps and
Columns makes a line of columns that are both beautiful and structural
-- these columns, are offered either Round or Square in
either a tapered or non-tapered style with the options of a true ionic
flute. Our Poly Classic columns are architecturally proportioned
and manufactured from rotocast, Fiberglass-Reinforced Polymer
(FRP). – The most advanced construction material in the
Pound for pound they are stronger than concrete, steel,
- Column Covers
Poly Classic Columns are among the most versatile vertical
support available. Although
because the advanced manufacturing process Poly Classic hollow centers
make them useful as a channel
house downspouts, wiring, and plumbing, a practice never
recommended with a wood column. Poly Classic can also be split
vertically for reassembly around a structural post.
Column: Use and Application
Poly Classic FRP Columns are used as exterior and interior columns, both load-bearing
and non-load-bearing applications. The Poly Classic
is capable of supporting the respective concentric
and eccentric axial loads provided in Table
design capacities for the structural columns are based upon proper installations
described in Pacific Columns published
the concentric loads shown in Table 1 (below), the column shall be
installed with a bearing top plate that symmetrically
distributes the load across the entire cross-section
Where the eccentric loading values shown in Table
1 (below) are
utilized, the beam shall bear directly on both walls of the column with
offset of “e” as shown in the table.
base of the column shall bear
entirely on a flat surface that provides suitable
anchorage for the column and is capable of transferring all loads
to the foundation.
Structural columns are great for exterior applications.
Patio columns with railing and balustrade
systems provide an classic and timeless look.
Using tuscan columns with a tresel on the front
porch is a new look often used by architects and home builders.
Patio columns can have the look and feel
of stone. Often decorative capitals and bases are used to create beautiful