Faux columns are a popular choice to serve as gateposts and entrance ways. Given their versatility, here are some high-tech additions you could include during installation.
Whether you’re shopping here, or visiting our sister sites at FauxWoodBeams.com or FauxPanels.com, one thing that will rapidly become apparently to you is that ‘going faux’ has some significant advantages.
Our stone or brick veneer products are vividly realistic – so much so that it’s almost impossible to tell them from the real thing except by touch. And that realism is paired with unbelievable cost savings – the columns cost a fraction of what real stone or brick would. In addition, they boast seamless ease-of-installation – installing one takes just hours, as opposed to days of brick or masonary work.
This is why they’re a great choice for a driveway entrance, or as a gatepost. You can get an impressive country-club style driveway for a fraction of the price of a ‘real’ stone entrance.
But there are additional benefits beyond that.
For a start, the columns are hollow on the inside. That means there’s a lot of space to add hardware and gadgets that you simply wouldn’t be able to in a solid stone column. Secondly, they’re made from high density polyurethane foam; which can be cut with a regular wood saw or drill. As a result, it’s easy to install switches, buttons and panels.
As a result, you can seamlessly install a variety of tools to add a whole new level of practicality to your entrance.
Gateposts are the application that lend themselves best to this. The columns make great supports for wrought iron or aluminium gates; and inside them you can install automatic openers, or a wireless or wired intercom system.
The wires connecting these gadgets are completely hidden within the post; and if anything goes wrong with them they’re easily accessible for repair. Not only that – unlike with traditional stone columns, upgrading the equipment is much easier.
Given how many new and clever tools there are out there, this kind of versatility is a great selling point – and another reason why ‘going faux’ is often an improvement over the genuine article.