Easy-to-Install Column Wraps
Royal®’s new 100% Cellular PVC Column Wraps, which were just released this spring, make porch transformations simple.
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- Desired Royal Building Products Cellular PVC Column Wraps
- 3” weather-resistant screws
- Cortex (or equivalent) screws and PVC plugs
- Clear PVC glue
- 2 bar/quick clamp
- Circular Saw
- Drill/driver and appropriate bits
- Tape Measure
- Optional: sanding block – 320 grit or fine
Consider the style and design of your home when selecting your PVC wraps. The subtly ornate detailing of Traditional-style capitals and bases complements Colonial and Cape Cod homes. The clean lines of Craftsman-style capitals and bases match the handmade charm of Craftsman-style homes. And the simplicity of Builder-style capitals and bases works perfectly with Modern-style homes.
Begin by measuring the height of the existing column and cut column wrap to length using a circular saw. Pro Tip: Consider placing a shim inside wrap if necessary to get a snug fit on the existing column. This will allow for a more secure fit.
Place the three-sided section of the wrap around the column, making sure it’s as snug as possible. Secure the wrap using a weather-resistant screw at the top and bottom of the column. Place the screws so they will be hidden by the cap and the base. If you’re not using caps and bases, use two Cortex or equivalent screws and PVC plugs at the top and bottom to achieve a finished look.
With the remaining wrap side laying on a flat surface, run a small bead of clear PVC glue completely along both joint edges. Begin installing the remaining side using a bar clamp at the bottom to hold it in place. Employ a second bar clamp, starting at the bottom and working your way up. Draw the joint along one mitered edge together, clamping and releasing as you go, and making sure the joint is fully engaged. Repeat the process along the other mitered edge and secure the side with screws at the top and bottom. Pro Tip: Once the remaining side is locked in place, use a sanding block with fine 320 grit sandpaper to lightly sand or burnish the miter joint. This will smooth out any rough edges.
Caps and bases are installed the same way as the column wrap. We recommend that you use a screw and PVC plug system, such as Cortex, to match the finished look of your columns!