Porch Column Wraps (Materials & Designs)

Here we share our porch column wraps design guide, including their cost, how to wrap porch posts, and the best post wrap materials.

Beautiful exterior of luxury home covered porch and front entrance with green grass yard and walkway

Does your porch need a facelift? Whether you’re trying to increase the curb appeal or just sick of looking at dated columns or ugly posts, there are several ways to enhance your porch’s design

Column wraps are a quick and easy way to update your porch posts without calling a contractor. Sounds good? Keep reading to learn all about different kinds of column wraps, how much they’ll set you back, and how to install them.[toc]

What Are Porch Column Wraps?

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Porch column wraps are used to cover existing posts and are ornamental, not load-bearing. Their purpose is to change the look or style of an existing porch column. 

The top of a column (where it meets the roof) is called the ‘capital.’ The bottom, where the column meets the floor, is called the base. Between the base and the capital is the shaft, which spans the height of the porch. When the columns don’t reach the roof, it has a cap instead of a capital. 

Porch post wraps are highly customizable, from the shape and style of the shaft to the specifications of the base, cap, or capital. They are available in a wide range of materials, styles, sizes, and colors.

The most popular materials used to make porch column wraps are vinyl, wood, faux wood, PVC, aluminum, and faux stone. 

Vinyl columns

Colonial white porch post columns using wood looking low maintenance vinyl column wraps

Vinyl is the most common material used to make porch column wraps, and also the least expensive. Vinyl is an ideal material for outdoor use because it resists and repels moisture. It will not expand or contract as the weather changes. 

Like exterior vinyl siding, vinyl wraps are available in many different colors. Annual power washing keeps vinyl columns looking great. They are a cost-effective option to beautify your existing porch without the need to make structural changes. 

Wood Columns

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Wood porch column wraps are an easy DIY product that uses cedar or another hardy exterior wood to cover the existing pillars. In this project, you build a box around the existing column. The wood must be secured to the existing post so it doesn’t wobble. 

You can also purchase pre-cut, pre-measured wood wrappers. Installing them is as simple as screwing them into the existing column, and then nailing the pre-cut pieces together. 

Wood porch column wraps are susceptible to moisture damage and can warp with exposure to the elements. With proper maintenance and upkeep, they can last for between five and eight years. 

Faux Wood Columns

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Faux wood porch column wraps have the look of wood without the weight. Made from different types of plastic, these can be surprisingly convincing in how much they resemble wood. Installation with faux wood is easier than real wood, and no staining or maintenance is required. 

PVC Columns

Colonial white porch post using pvc column wraps

Another popular material for porch column wraps is PVC. This lightweight plastic has a tendency to yellow with exposure to UV light. To combat this, PVC often come pre-primed, and can easily be painted to match the exterior of your home. 

Stone Columns

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Many people turn to stone column wraps for the beautiful look of stone pillars without the hassle and expense of hiring a stonemason. Made to resemble stacked slate, these innovative products are actually made from composite polyurethane. 

Stone column wraps are modular systems — four interlocking puzzle pieces fit together around the posts, so that no seams are visible after installation.

Each section is less than two feet high, so you can combine several to cover your entire section, or use just one or two to create an elegant stone base. For more images see our gallery of stacked stone design ideas here.

Aluminum Columns

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Aluminum porch column wraps are made of thin, light metal. They are highly durable, and can be expected to last decades with very little maintenance required. They are resistant to rust and do not warp.

Aluminum wraps have great looks, are light weight, and have durability that make them a popular option for covering existing porch or deck posts. Read more about other deck designs here.

Cost To Wrap Columns On the Porch

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The cost of wrapping your porch columns depends on a few things: the size, shape, number of posts, and the material you have chosen to wrap them in. 

On average, a porch column wrap costs between $300-500. If you have four columns to wrap and you install them yourself, expect to spend $1,200-$2,000 on this project—budget an additional $250 for professional installation. 

Prices for a single sheet of wood veneer panels start at about $50 per piece. High-end PVV columns with ornamental millwork can cost up to $2000, so the range is quite large.

Faux stone wraps are about four feet high and usually cost around $200. Two wraps are needed for a full span, bringing the total cost per post to about $400. 

Basic wood columns can be constructed for the cost of the lumber, about $50 per post, depending on the type of wood you choose. Labor for this kind of installation depends on your area, but budget $35-50 per hour. See the different exterior wood siding types to get more ideas.

How To Wrap Porch Posts

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Column wraps should only be used if your porch is structurally sound. You can complete the installation by yourself, although a friend or helper may make it easier. Professional installation is also available through your building materials supplier. 

Most models of PVC column wraps come as a two or four-part package. Use a saw to cut the wrap material to the dimensions of your porch post. Then, assemble the four pieces around the post and snap them together.

Some Vinyl wraps have two or four overlapping pieces that must be placed around the post and sealed with a special adhesive. 

Faux stone wraps are usually intended to be attached to wooden posts. Most models must be screwed into the existing posts to hold their shape. 

Prefabricated wood wraps come in two L-shaped pieces. To install them, fit the pieces together around the post and use nails to secure the wrap material.

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