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Covering porch lodebearing iron out of date posts

Hello, we are moving into a house with out of date type iron supports to the house's front porch. We'd like to cover them. Any suggestions? See pics below...

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Posted 2011-12-09T14:33:32+0000  by kotzin kotzin

Hello, kotzin, and welcome the community!


You have an interesting scenario, and I have a few ideas. First off, if you cover the current metal posts you will have a very odd-looking surface, if you don't like it now, I don't think you will like it when it's covered.  You will need to place pieces of plywood on both sides of the iron to create a sandwich secured with screws in between the openings and also add wood on the ends. Once covered that you will need to either paint it or cover it with an aluminum wrapping, and make sure that you use strips of treated lumber at the bottom to resist wood rot. 


My other idea would be to replace them with new post either round or square. Perma-Cast posts columns are weather-proof, insect-proof, and come with a lifetime warranty. They come in a variety of shapes, styles, and dimensions to fit your needs, and they can be cut if needed. Some of the post you see below are available at your nearest Home Depot in stock. 


Whatever you decide, please post picture of your completed project.



Posted 2011-12-09T16:55:26+0000  by Angelo_HD_CHI

Hey there,


Kotzin my name is George and I’d like to suggest an alternative solution for your front load bearing porch columns. It’s similar to Tangelo’s but instead of entirely replacing the columns I would recommend wrapping them up using the same product but in “split” (L assembly) design.

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These wrap columns are available from 5" to 24" width and 2' to 20' height. See chart bellow.




This is an option, however you have to keep in mind the size of the split column needed to wrap your existing one and how’s that going to look with your overall exterior design.

In other words, size of your existing column determines the size of the “wrap”. For example if the existing wrought iron column measures let’s say from outside to the outside 10” inches, than you would need a wrap column with an inside dimensions of 10 5/8” which translates in to a 12” column.

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I think it would be a good idea to make up a cardboard template before proceeding with an order so you can get a glimpse on how’s going to look before hands. You can even paint cardboard white for the better visualization.


Hope this helps and congrats on your new home.



Posted 2011-12-13T16:18:32+0000  by George_HD_CHI

This is EXACTLY what I want to do too!  How much would it cost to recover/wrap two iron porch posts?


Thanks for the ideas and info!

Posted 2012-04-03T15:31:23+0000  by koconnor
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