PermaCast Columns Made By HB&G
Also Referred to as Composite, Fiber Cast, or Fiberglass

There are many benefits of a composite column over wood columns. First, composite columns are weather resistant, insect proof, water proof and can be used both indoors and outdoors without worry. You can throw your worst at them and they will not rot or dent. They can be used inside or out.

HB&G has been producing millwork products since 1880 and are now one of the largest manufactures of synthetic columns in North America. With HB&G's PermaCast Columns, you can choose from the widest array of sizes and styles of composite columns, caps and bases.

Take nothing for granted, HB&G does extensive engineering research and testing resulting in the latest code approvals nationwide. For more information regarding load capacity, flame spread and so forth, click here: ICC-ES LEGACY REPORT 2301. We post most load bearing data, sizing options, and instructions online, just call us if you don't see what you are looking for. Click here to download the five biggest mistakes in installing fiberglass columns.

The biggest advantage of HB&G PermaCast columns are the way they are made using the latest spin casting technology technology. This process allows for a more consistent uniform wall thickness, less weight and even more strength. In the case of the square columns the corners are more architecturally square as compared to pultruded columns. Column walls have a more consistent thickness assuring there are no weak spots. They contain more fiberglass and less filler which makes them even stronger. They also hold more of a load compared to pultruded columns of the same size.


Gypsum as a filler, is commonly used by other manufacturers to reduce the flame spread rating on their columns. The problem is that gypsum makes the columns heavier and much harder to cut, reducing blade life. Columns containing gypsum are also more susceptible to uneven wall-thickness, which could affect the columns load-bearing principals over time.

HB&G columns are easy to install and come complete with easy to follow installation instructions. HB&G offers two installation kits, the standard one which is included in most of the Tuscan cap & base sets. These sets also include PermaFlashing, which makes installing PermaCast® columns easier than ever. For those who order a split column, we offer a split installation kit which includes everything needed to install it.

HB&G columns have a smooth finish that require considerably less time to paint than others. They do not use additives or coatings, such as silicone, which interferes with paint adhesion. Also there are no sanding scars or need to sand most PermaCast® Columns. Simply remove any excess dust or dirt from the surface prior to painting.

Need help ordering? Wondering about installation procedures? Want some help understanding the basic options better? No question is too advanced or elementary. Just call or email our expert telephone consultants for all the answers.

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