Tapered Columns in Architectural Fiberglass

Three tapered Doric order columns. Tapered Doric Columns from Stromberg

Architectural Fiberglass Tapered Columns

One of the many applications for architectural fiberglass is the tapered column, which is a classic feature of numerous architectural styles and commonly used today in the interiors and exteriors of structures like commercial buildings and offices, hotels and resorts, casinos, amusement parks, shopping centers, universities and colleges, churches, courthouses, restaurants and even luxury homes.

The Architectural Detail of Tapered Columns

The use of columns has a long storied history in the architectural world that goes back to Ancient Egyptian temples but is often most associated with Greek and Roman architecture. Columns are associated with five main architectural orders, including Composite, Corinthian, Ionic, Doric and Tuscan.

Within these orders, there are non-tapered and tapered columns. It is the tapering that can give these columns an elegant, graceful, and stylized look beyond the non-tapered column, which is often more severe and imposing in its look.

Using Architectural Fiberglass to Create Stunning Tapered Columns

Fiberglass columns are a relatively new architectural solution that is overtaking the other column options of steel, concrete, stone and wood as an ideal choice because of its lightweight, affordable price, the flexibility to look like stone or wood, and its extreme durability. Another advantage of using architectural fiberglass for columns is that it is a low-maintenance material that is not easily compromised by insects, weather, humidity, or extreme temperatures.
Fiberglass is made from glass that has been spun into threads and then woven together. It can then be mixed with other materials to make architectural fiberglass tapered columns:

• GFRP: Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer is commonly used for columns due to its flexibility in creating all types of details and designs.
• GFRC: Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete is a composite of cement, glass fibers, aggregates and polymers that is used to create and manufacture detailed columns.
• GFRG: Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum is a thin and lightweight material used on internal columns.
• GRG Column Covers: Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum is also used for column covers that can be made into various shapes and sizes for the tops and bases of any type of fiberglass column.

The flexibility of these fiberglass materials allow the columns to be molded into a wide range of shapes and textures. The tapered columns can be customized in any way and include special tops and bases that complement the building’s existing architectural style.

The fiberglass tapered columns can also be finished in a seemingly endless array of finishes, including the brilliant white seen throughout Greek architecture. The tapered columns can be embellished with a bronze or gold finish to enhance the elegant feel and blend with an elaborate interior or exterior design.

Working with Stromberg Architectural Products

Stromberg Architectural Products has produced some of the world’s best examples of architectural fiberglass columns for well-known clients all around the world. To get your custom quote for tapered columns or any other type of architectural fiberglass column style, call the Stromberg team at (903) 454-0904 or fill out the online form.

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