Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Three Main Styles of Decorative Post Covers

Decks are one of the most sought after improvements for a home. They not only look good and provide excellent backyard appeal, but they provide a family with a great place to entertain family and friends. However, not every homeowner's newly added space lives up to its full potential. Decorative post covers can add texture to a deck's generic columns and create the pizazz that peaks their guests' interests. Each color scheme is realistic and earthy looking, giving homeowners and guests the impression that they are staring at a post comprised of real stone. There are three main color schemes that can easily make their appearance known and valued on any deck.
The first is beige stacked stone. The light brown and mossy green details give an outdoor appearance. This style would work best at a vacation cabin or a home that is surrounded by a wooded area, as it matches extremely well with a natural environment. The "brick size" is the average size of most and is uniformly cut. However, the added texture sets it apart from the bricks that someone would use on the rest of the house.
Gray fieldstone gives a more ancient appearance than the beige stacked stone. Its gray color and cylindrical stone shaping brings to mind the massive stones of Stonehenge in Wiltshire County, England. This color scheme would contrast well with a green lawn and would also provide a stylish quality to almost any post.
Gray cobblestone is much like gray fieldstone; however, the brick is squared instead of rounded and has darker accent colors. As the name suggests, it resembles the stones in a cobblestone street. It can allow onlookers to leave the hustle and bustle of the modern world and feel as if they have been transported to an earlier time when this was the norm.
Decorative post covers pair best with a wood that has already been treated. While it is covered, sweating may occur on the inside of the cover or moisture can make its way in after a heavy rain. It is important that the wood has been treated against moisture so it does not begin to rot away. This could be a detrimental, and result in damage to the integrity of the deck and the covers. While it is necessary to treat the post and railings themselves, it is not necessary to treat the connectors that link the posts with the rails. They are made of heavy duty plastic, so they will be resistant to almost any type of damage. Decorative post covers are not limited to decks. They also can go over mailbox posts or small fence posts.
Everyone wants to have a multipurpose spot in their home that allows them the freedom of inviting guests. Decorative post covers help make a deck unique, adding to the overall enjoyment experienced by friends and family.

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