Choosing Porch Posts


At the Cheap Column site, we give you great prices on architectural columns. That doesn't mean we skimp on quality, we just save money on things like company cars, expensive offices and this web site. If you're a pro, you know what you want, so we don't waste time with a wordy sales pitch, we just give you a product description, the vital dimensions and a price quote.
Porch posts on a garden deck including a balustrade.

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Price quotes vary based on the options you order. We have a wide offering of columns, pedestals, porch posts and balusters from major manufacturers. We can custom manufacture items to your specs.

#2 Clear Western Red Cedar

Our best quality porch post material is #2 Clear Western Red Cedar. This material has virtually no knots or defects. Our 6x6 stock is one solid piece. Our 8x8 stock is laminated from kiln dried 2-inch stock and bonded using waterproof glue. These posts are precision milled straight and square by us at our facility. The other porch post grades are surfaced square by others, before they arrive at our facility for turning.

FOHC Western Red Cedar Porch Posts

We also offer solid, one piece FOHC (free of heart center) Western Red Cedar. This cedar grade allows knots and sapwood. Sapwood is rare in cedar, and not considered a defect in this grade. This material is "air dry," which means the moisture content varies. However, cedar dries very fast, so even if the material is wet when we bring it in, we can have it dry enough to paint within 2-3 weeks. Cedar has natural extractives that give it superior rot and insect resistance and it is very stable. That means there's less splitting than Douglas fir. Our Western Red Cedar posts weigh about half of what Douglas fir posts weigh.

Douglas fir Porch Posts

Our Douglas fir porch posts are made from a solid, single piece of wood—that means no laminations. The grade is Select Structural FOHC (free of heart center). Grades that allow heart center tend to twist and split considerably more than "free of heart center" products. The posts are KD (kiln dried to 19% or better). The Select structural FOHC grade allows non-structural knots and splits. These posts have about double the load bearing capacity of cedar. The main benefits of our Douglas fir porch posts are their low cost, structural capacity and quick turnaround time. Because the wood is already kiln dried, we can turn and ship quicker.

Pine Porch Posts

These hollow finger-joint Pine porch posts are the least expensive post we offer. They are made from the kiln dry scrap from door and window stock. Because they are hollow the pattern is limited by how much wood can be removed. Pine is not a decay resistant, so if these are used outdoors they need to be painted or treated with a water-repllent preservative.

Vinyl Porch Posts with Steel Core

Our vinyl porch posts have a UV inhibitor similar to that used in vinyl windows. With a steel core, these posts are extremely strong.

Quality Wood Porch Posts

Quality Wood

Pagliacco Turning & Milling porch posts are made of solid wood for long-lasting strength and beauty. You can choose from one of Pagliacco's many standard patterns. If you already have an existing pattern, Pagliacco can match it from a sample, drawing or photograph.

Custom turned porch posts on a Victorian Home

We offer different wood species and grades for porch posts. That way you can pick the right product for your job. We also offer vinyl posts with a steel core.

Price Comparisons

Here's a comparison of the unit price for different woods. It is based on our PP19 pattern, 6x8 nominal dimension, when you buy 10 or more:

Species Price
Pine Porch Posts* $89
Douglas fir $196
FOHC Western Red Cedar $212
#2 Clear Western Red Cedar $268
Vinyl Steel Core (4.25-inch x 8-foot) $113

* The pine and vinyl steel core posts are not made in our shop and are a different pattern.

Other Porch Post Species...

If that's not enough choice for you, just let us know what you want and we'll give you an estimate for your custom order. We can turn porch posts from most woods, such as hardwoods for stain grade interior use.