Can your columns and pilasters be used outside and inside?
Yes. Our columns, half columns and pilasters are water resistant, so can be used inside (including pool or spa areas) or outside. The only difference will be with the adhesives you will need to use and, of course, with any paint finish you choose.
Are your columns and pilasters load bearing?
No, but they can be used with additional support if there is any load bearing requirement. This means that they can be used in one of two ways:
1. When no structural support is required, purely as a decorative feature.
2. In conjunction with a structural support. In this instance the column, or more usually two half columns, would wrap around the structure that will hold any weight, like a steel or a wooden post. For each column we show the minimum internal diameter. Deduct 5mm from this measurement to allow for tolerance and you have the maximum diameter of any support structure that can be accommodated. Keep in mind that a square or rectangular support will be widest across it’s diagonal measurement, so it is this that needs to be less than the inner diameter of the column.
What are they made of?
Our columns are moulded in metal moulds from high density polyurethane. They are reinforced to be durable against the usual knocks and bumps that could be expected in the position they are used. The material itself looks just like plaster, both in terms of the texture and the quality of detailing in the mould.
How is this different from other materials I might consider?
Whilst our columns have the beauty of plaster, they are considerably easier to install and maintain than plaster. They are lightweight, easy to install using just adhesives, preprimed to need just one coat of paint (plaster can require several as it soaks paint up) and not brittle and therefore not prone to damage and chipping like plaster can be. Other common materials include grp and grg, but these tend to have a much rougher, to most eyes more ugly, finish to them. Like plaster they can also be heavier and more prone to chipping.
How are they made up?
Most columns and pilaster are made up from three sections; a capital at the top, the column itself and the plinth (or base) at the bottom.
Your height dimensions don’t match the height I require. How can I overcome this?
Columns are generally easy to reduce in size by cutting away from the base component and / or the shaft. You will notice on some of the photographs we show on the site that customers often mount our columns onto a base, which builds the height up to a point where our columns fit.
How are they installed?
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How quickly can you deliver?
Some columns are available in a matter of days. Others take a couple of weeks. You’ll find details of which are which on their range pages.