New Chadsworth Pergola Catalog Available for Download

chadsworth-pergola-catalogChadsworth now offers our custom pergola line in three materials to better accomodate the needs of your specific project.  Depending on the requirements of your job- support beams, rafters, and purlins are available in either PVC, polyurethane, or fiberglass.

Please take a moment to enjoy our new Pergola Catalog (link below) and see just how easy building your own custom pergola can be.  We have gathered a collection of beautiful photographs from some of our satisfied clients and hope this brings you closer to visualizing your new outdoor space.

http://shop.columns.com/images/Custom-Pergola-Brochure.pdf

Traditional Building Magazine Recognizes Chadsworth

By:  Nicole V. Gagné

Doric, Tuscan, Ionic, Corinthian, Composite. The Classical orders of columns have been enshrined in architectural design since the days of ancient Greece, although their use can be traced back even further, to the Egyptian architect Imhotep in 2600 B.C., who had the surfaces of stone columns carved to resemble bundled reeds, and beyond. The grandeur, solidity and beauty of columns have been design fundamentals throughout human history, and they show no signs of fading in the 21st century, least of all in commercial and institutional settings.

 

The revival of Classicism as an architectural language has meant a resurgence and revitalization in the manufacture of columns. For this survey article, we’ve set aside the vast topic of wood columns and narrowed our focus to suppliers of exterior columns in stone, cast stone, fiberglass and other composites. These firms produce columns in all orders; note too that all are manufacturers and remain uninvolved in column installation. What follows is an outline of five leading companies and the unique products they offer . . .

 

. . .  “We have a lot of custom capability, but it’s a smaller percentage, I’d guess maybe 15 percent.” Jeffrey L. Davis, CEO of Chadsworth, has experienced greater variety in the market. “We’re moving into our third decade now, and it’s fluctuated over the years,” he says. “When interest rates are low and the construction market is on a rise, we sell more of the standard mass-produced columns. When the economy is in a downturn, projects with higher budgets come around and we do more custom work.”

 

Cost is clearly the major consideration in the popularity of standard-design columns. “If your project calls for a custom profile but wood is not an option, we can create a new PolyStone mold to your exact specifications, giving you the desired profile with all the benefits of the material,” says Davis. “Keep in mind that creating these custom molds is costly, anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000, depending on the size and design required. This is in addition to the subsequent unit cost. If it’s a large job, say, 30 units, the price will be spread out among each column and may indeed be cost effective. On the other hand, if you can incorporate one of our stock products into your project, your bottom line will be much lower . . . “

 

. . . Chadsworth takes pride in its innovations in column manufacture. “We have four different kinds of fiberglass columns–filament wound, resin infused, chopped or sprayed up and spun cast,” says Davis. “Filament-wound columns are great when you need a load-bearing capacity. When you touch them or rap on them, however, they sound hollow, so what I like to do with those is fill them up with sand or a sand-vermiculite mixture. You think of a column as holding up a lot of weight, so you don’t want it to sound as if it couldn’t hold up anything. The true innovation would be the PolyStone, or spun-cast, column. We developed this line back in 1992, the result of many years of research and development, and it can hold detail a lot better and feels a lot thicker.”

 

Chadsworth’s fiberglass columns, according to Davis, are used mostly in new construction. “But we also do a big business in replacing wood columns,” he says. “People don’t understand that a wood column must be maintained, and when they buy an old house and it has a rotting wood column, the first thing they think is, ‘I don’t want to have that happen again,’ so they replace it with an FRP column . . .”

 

Visitors to the Poland Branch Library in Poland, OH, are greeted by Colossal Greek Doric columns from Chadsworth Inc. These imposing columns, fabricated in fiberglass, were made with a filament-winding process that comes from the fabrication of rocket and missile cases. Photo: courtesy of Chadsworth Inc.

Chadsworth is Featured in “Home Magazine’s” Ultimate Insiders Guide

Chadsworth’s 1.800.COLUMNS are featured in the February issue of Home Magazine. The Ultimate Insiders Guide to Unique and Hard to Find Home Goods and Services is an annual list of sometimes off-the-beaten-path but always outstanding home-related products and shops.  
 

Listed under Alternative Building Materials, Chadsworth’s 1.800.COLUMNS PolyStone™ Columns topped the list.  By merging classical styling with modern materials like lightweight spun-fiberglass and low-maintenance PVC, Chadsworth has produced a collection of stock and custom columns that will withstand the test of time.
 

Chadsworth’s PolyStone™ columns are made of reinforced polyester resin, fiberglass and marble dust, and feature an architectural taper and a classical bead.  The Tuscan capitals and bases are made from the same materials as the shafts.

 

No stranger to the readers of Home, Chadsworth’s 1.800.COLUMNS PolyStone™ Column was the recipient of Home Magazine’s 2001 American Building Products Award.  “The PolyStone™ Composite Column was chosen because its design so clearly responds to the demands for form and function required by today’s lifestyles,” said then Editor Gale Steves.  “The PolyStone™ Column is a classic idea with a twist.”

 

“Architects, builders, designers, and homeowners tell us that our PolyStone™ Column is an excellent product, and is the only choice when extra strength and durability are needed on the job, and we’re glad that Home Magazine agreed,” says Jeffrey L. Davis — Founder of Chadsworth Incorporated.

PolyStone® Balustrades Chosen One of the Best in the 2005 Qualified Remodeler

WILMINGTON, N.C., February 10, 2005CHADSWORTH 1.800.COLUMNS PolyStone® Balustrade Series was chosen one of the best in The 2005 Qualified Remodeler Buyers Guide.

Chadsworth’s 1.800.COLUMNS PolyStone® Balustrade Series is constructed of reinforced polyester resin, fiberglass and marble dust.  This material provides a balustrade that has the structural strength of stone, but not the added weight.  The balustrades will not rot; crack, or split, and they are impervious to insects as well as extreme weather conditions.

The PolyStone® Balustrade Series is engineered with attention to detail, for a finished product that will last a lifetime. Chadsworth’s 1.800.COLUMNS PolyStone® Balustrade Series exceeded all required BOCA testing for structural performance.

“Qualified Remodeler has been serving professional remodeling contractors for 30 years,” says Editor In Chief Patrick O’Toole, “The magazine’s long success is based on the foundation of asking what business information our readers need and then providing it in a practical, easy-to-understand format. The magazine’s articles help to educate and stimulate creative thinking and work to assist remodelers in solving business issues critical to their success.”

Qualified Remodeler knows that Chadsworth combines classic design from the past with state-of-the-art materials of today to produce extraordinarily detailed architectural products that will enhance the value of any structure, adding strength and durability.  And Chadsworth’s 1.800.COLUMNS PolyStone® Balustrade Series continues the tradition.

Chadsworth’s 1.800.COLUMNS PolyStone™ Balustrade Series was chosen as one of the best in The 2005 Qualified Remodeler Buyers Guide.

 

The balustrade series is constructed of reinforced polyester resin, fiberglass and marble dust.  These materials provide a balustrade that has the structural strength of stone, but not the added weight.  The balustrades will not rot, crack, or split, and they are impervious to insects as well as extreme weather conditions.

 

The PolyStone™ Balustrade Series is engineered with attention to detail, for a finished product that will last a lifetime.  The series exceeded all required BOCA testing for structural performance.

 

“Qualified Remodeler has been serving professional remodeling contractors for 30 years,” says Editor in Chief Patrick O’Toole, “The magazine’s long success is based on the foundation of asking what business information our readers need and then providing it in a practical, easy-to-understand format.  The magazine’s articles help to educate and stimulate creative thinking and work to assist remodelers in solving business issues critical to their success.”

 

Qualified Remodeler knows that Chadsworth combines classic design from the past with state-of-the-art materials of today to produce extraordinarily detailed architectural products that will enhance the value of any structure — adding strength and durability.