Upgrade Your Porch With AFCO Aluminum Porch Columns

The look of your front porch can completely transform your house’s curb appeal. That’s made porch upgrades a hot project for homeowners across the country. If you, like so many others, are looking to give your home the grand, welcoming front porch it deserves, there’s no better option than aluminum columns: a beautiful, versatile, low-maintenance outdoor upgrade you’ll enjoy for years to come.

We love aluminum porch columns for a whole bunch of reasons, and we’d love to help you plan an amazing front porch renovation. Here’s everything you need to know:

Why Choose Aluminum Columns For Your Porch

AFCO aluminum porch columns accent a wide, farmhouse-style porch

Versatility: Aluminum Columns Can Deliver Any Style

Whether you want to create a grand entryway, a welcoming porch, or a polished deck, aluminum columns can deliver on your vision.

Here are just a few examples of the beautiful aluminum porch columns you can find at DecksDirect:

Round Fluted Columns For Ultra Traditional Looks

For a Greek Revival look, check out classical fluted round columns:

Round fluted porch columns deliver rich, classical beauty

Square Columns In Any And Every Style

The Natchez Column For A Versatile Stylistic Fit

The versatile Natchez replicates a “one-by” wrap with its distinctive, wide capital and base:

Substantial Natchez columns can fit a range of home and porch stylings


The Empire Column For A Clean, Classic Look

The totally-traditional Empire style features a slimmer, box-style capital and base.

Empire porch columns are simple, classic, and elegant


The Wellington Column For Distinctive Craftsman Style

The Wellington style adds a unique banding to go with a crown-moulding style capital and a more traditional box base:

The distinctive banding of Wellington columns fits a craftsman-style architecture


The Acadian Column To Add Subtle Flair To A Traditional Porch

Get eye-catching texture with the Acadian’s recessed panels on each side of the shaft:

Acadian porch columns and their recessed panels look great combined with popular shake-style siding


Square Fluted Columns For Classic Colonial Porches

Square columns with a fluted texture add a classical look to Colonial-style porches.

Square fluted porch columns are perfect for a classic Colonial home


Color Options To Suit Your Style

With seven different color options, you can find the perfect accent for your home, like this classy textured black column finish to go with black AFCO Pro Railing and organic brown siding:

A sleek black finish makes for a classy poch column next to dark brown siding


Strength: Aluminum Porch Columns Are Load-Bearing And Structurally Sound

Sleek aluminum isn’t just for looks. Aluminum columns are sturdy and structurally sound, able to support your overhanging porch roof. Load-bearing AFCO aluminum columns are backed by a limited lifetime warranty, with the lasting strength to hold up your roof overhangs for years to come. Call our project planners to learn more about replacing or installing porch columns.

Fire Safety

As an added safety bonus, AFCO aluminum columns meet Class A requirements for flame spread and smoke development. With the growing impact of forest fires, many local building codes are adopting stricter fire safety standards. Aluminum porch columns don’t just meet rising standards - they exceed them to keep you, your family, and your home safe.

Easier Install: Aluminum Columns Are Lighter-Weight Than Other Materials

Many porch columns are made from wood or fiberglass. Aluminum porch columns are far lighter than wood or fiberglass columns, making them easier to transport and install without sacrificing load-bearing strength.

Low-Maintenance: Aluminum Makes Porch Columns Durable And Easy To Maintain

There might not be a bigger perk to aluminum than its extremely low maintenance needs. Wood columns are prone to rotting, cracking and splintering in addition to water damage and insect damage. All that wear and tear requires you to regularly treat, stain and/or paint your columns to keep them structurally strong and visibly appealing.

Aluminum holds up significantly better in the outdoor elements. Powder-coated aluminum has top-notch durability, with no concerns about water damage or pesky insects. Aluminum’s natural resistance to rust makes it a brilliant choice for outdoor structures. Compared to wood, metal shows far less expansion and contraction with changing temperatures, which keeps your columns from cracking, splitting, or loosening fasteners.

Outside of basic cleaning with soap and water, your aluminum columns will hold their looks (and strength) for years with minimal maintenance.

AFCO porch columns feature an easy-to-clean powder-coated aluminum surface

Polished Looks: Columns Coordinate Perfectly With Deck Railing

For a truly finished look, every element of your porch has to be in sync. Porch columns work in tandem with porch railings to deliver a unified style. The beauty of aluminum columns is that they pair perfectly with nearly any railing style.

AFCO Aluminum Columns are a great example. Each AFCO Aluminum Column style is designed to coordinate seamlessly with AFCO’s metal railing offerings. Whether you’re installing fluted columns for a Greek revival look or smooth columns for a traditional colonial look, there’s a railing setup that pairs perfectly within your vision.

AFCO porch columns connect perfectly to metal railing systems

Plan Your Porch Upgrade With DecksDirect

At DecksDirect, we’re committed to making sure every deck has access to the most and best design choices. When it comes to outdoor living, there’s no match for our team’s expertise and personal service.

For your porch column upgrade, don’t limit yourself to the one or two aluminum column options you’ll find elsewhere. We carry a huge selection of column styles, from round fluted columns to decorative square columns.

Shop Aluminum Columns

You can call our team at 1-888-824-5316 or browse our aluminum column offerings to learn more about all of the options available to you. Our in-house estimating team can build you a detailed project plan and make sure your front porch is the envy of every passer-by.


Learn more about the basics of deck framing and building in our Deck Framing Guide and learn deck parts and terminology in the DecksDirect Glossary of Deck Terms and Lingo.

Browse more deck design and railing style notes to upgrade your backyard space and deck in the DecksDirect Railing Style Guide: the quickest way to learn if your home is more suited for a classic aluminum deck railing or a strong, composite railing line.

The more you know, the better your deck and backyard projects will be! Whether you're looking at a brand new start or a fresh end-of-season deck renovation, give our deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at hello@decksdirect.com. Our deck experts will help you get the information, products, and tools you need for an awesome deck completely personalized to your needs!