Fiberglass Columns
Fiberglass Columns Information
Exterior Columns  
Interior Columns  
Fluted Columns  
Non-Tapered Columns  
Tapered Columns  
Round Columns  
Smooth Columns  
Square Columns  
Porch Columns  
Fiberglass Capital Information
Roman Ionic Capital  
Roman Corinthian Capital  
Roman Doric Ornamental Capital  
Greek Angular Ionic Capital  
Greek Erectheum Capital  
Temple of Winds Capital  
Scamozzi Capital  
Empire Capital  
Tuscan Capital  
Fiberglass Base Information
Attic Base  
Tuscan Base  


Fiberglass Columns, Capitals and Bases



Fiberglass columns provide an alternative to wood and stone, while maintaining the appearance of the traditional classic column styles.

Fiberglass is composed of very thin glass fibers. The fibers are combined with a plastic material, reinforcing the plastic, and resulting in a light, strong and durable material.

One of the most common fiberglass composite materials is fiberglass reinforced polymer, commonly known as FRP, a construction material stronger than most tradition materials used to make columns. Fiberglass reinforced polymer has several advantages over wood; it is non-porous, and avoids the water damage, swelling and warping that can occur in humid climates and conditions.

Fiberglass is used to make both fiberglass columns and column covers. Solid fiberglass columns can be either load-bearing, designed to carry the weight of a supported structure, or non-load bearing, concealing a supportive structure, or standing on its own. Fiberglass columns possess high impact resistance, and they have powerful supportive qualities, minus the weight of a traditional stone or wood column. Fiberglass is also easy to clean and maintain.

Fiberglass column covers can conceal unattractive ducts, structural features, lally columns, and basement supports. Fiberglass covers consist of two pieces that join to create a seamless surface, and often include detachable bases and capitols, as well. Therefore, they can be easily separated for maintenance, and reassembled.

Modern fiberglass first appeared in 1938, as the invention of Russell Games Slayter. Today, fiberglass columns are produced from molds. The raw materials are melted in a furnace, and poured into a negative physical image of the column or column components.