Very pleased with this product
We bought 3 for our back porch. We wanted to
be sure they were what we wanted on the front of
our house. They went up easily and look very
nice. Now to get the ones for the front ordered!
I looked at a number of replacement porch post options. The PVC posts were very expensive. So, I considered solid pressure treated 6x6 posts like my rear deck is built on. However, those are warped, split, rough grain, etc. and not something I really wanted on the front of my house. I was stuck. I asked a couple of contractors and they said those were my only 2 options unless I had a carpenter build them for me which including labor would cost me the same as the PVC posts.
So, I scoured through
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the internet and ran across these. I was really skeptical about rough grain, warpage, and splits, but they were a fraction of the cost of PVC so I took a chance and ordered them.
I was very surprised when the posts were delivered on a long wooden crate that was to obviously insure against warpage and damage during shipping. There is a stiff styrofoam core in the posts to ensure the posts remain square and straight over time. The wood grain was quite smooth for pressure treated wood and there were only a few minor scars and scrapes that was a breeze to fill. I actually like these better then the PVC as they look and feel rock solid and I saved a bundle in the meantime. They look great. I used a high quality primer and paint to protect against the elements. I feel confident they will last a long time.
Nice item, but tough to get
These posts are well made, absolutely straight and true, and will serve their purpose as porch columns quite well. They seem to be built using a waterproof epoxy of some kind so I think the possibility of de-laminating is very remote. The picture shows the edges relieved (rounded over) but are actually square and sharp. I relieved them myself in just a couple minutes with my router. Also a couple of runs of epoxy had to be sanded off the outer surface of one column, but no huge deal.
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