As you may recall I recently work on the exterior of a house that needed a new front porch. The old porch had shifted, which also disconnected the home’s decorative front columns.
Those columns were in bad shape, and were rotting. We replaced the columns with 1 x 10 pine, but instead of just painting them it was decided to clad the columns in PVC coated aluminum. This product has a wood-like texture that adds both protection and beauty. The new cladding will provide many years of service. PVC coated aluminum costs about 40% more than paint. However, it is maintenance free. This will save the owner the job of repainting 17 foot columns in the future.