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Old 09-06-2013, 02:16 PM   #1
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I am in process of painting and restoring the porch on my 1915 bungalow. Currently there are only two outer columns that are supporting the gable end. They are tapered columns built using 1x12 lumber. I am planning on adding two more of these in the center area of the Porch. My initial thought is to place a 4x4 from the deck supports to the header, then build a tapered column around that. I'll also probably redo the existing columns in the same fashion as I have some repair work to do under them.

For the existing columns, I'm hoping to be able to reuse that lumber, but I'm curious what I should look at using for the new ones. Thinking Cedar, but curious if there is a better choice. Since I plan to use 4x4's, maybe 6x6's, for the structure and considering it seems to have been built without the need for center columns, strength of material shouldn't matter.

I just want the best martial to match existing with add few knots as possible and something that will hold paint well, without of course breaking the bank!

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Kleer and Azek would be very good choices. Both are PVC
products. Easy to machine, no knots and hold paint well.

My second choice would probably be clear western red cedar.
Check price locally. May be as much as PVC.

Last would be one of the finger jointed trim boards. Comes
preprimed, small tight knots and would be the cheapest.

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As far as the PVC products are concerned, I am curious, will they look visually different from the original wood ones? I've used and seen some of that PVC and while it does look nice, in my very limited experience with it, it does look a bit different....not necessarily bad different, but different. I just don't want one set to look 'different' from the other set, since I will likely be re-using the original posts.
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As far as the PVC products are concerned, I am curious, will they look visually different from the original wood ones?
For something like porch columns I usually use the smooth side of the PVC, once milled and painted you'd never know it wasn't wood. A very clean look, maybe to clean if you're trying to match existing.

This is where posting a picture of what you're trying to match would help.
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No way would I go with wood!
There's company's that custom make columns for bungalows style columns or you can make your own out of 4 X 8 sheets of PVC lumber.
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