MAUMEE, OHIO – When temperatures soar, one of the best places to escape the summer heat is the front porch. But, how much relief will you get if your eyes keep focusing on projects that need to be done --- like scraping and repainting the porch railings or replacing broken balusters?
“The front porch is the iconic symbol for easy summer living,” says Alison Rupert, one of the lead singers with the popular country music group, The Front Porch Country Band. “It’s where Sheriff Andy Taylor sat picking on his guitar surrounded by friends and family while Opie collected lightning bugs.
The front porch has always represented a haven. It makes sense to create a low-stress front porch environment that reflects the comfortable, laid back atmosphere associated with it.”
Homeowners can gain peace-of-mind for their porch systems throughout the entire year by simply investing in low-maintenance products. From railing systems to porch posts to decorative brackets, synthetic Fypon® products provide years of beauty without the worry of upkeep.
Enhancing the Front Porch
Easy-to-install urethane and PVC products from Fypon resist everything from insects and termites to water, humidity, rot and mildew. If you’re looking for years of carefree living on your front porch, then these weather-proof, high-performance products are a solid investment in your home.
Homeowners interested in replacing or enhancing their porches have many options, including:
- QuickRail™ Systems – Kits include a Deluxe Top Rail, Flat Bottom Rail, Colonial or Square Spindles, Crush Block, Brackets, Bracket Covers and the necessary screws for fast installation. Made of durable PVC, QuickRail Systems are strong and resilient. Post kits, Gate kits and Grab Rails are also available.
- Balustrade Systems – With dozens of styles to choose from, a customized urethane Balustrade System is made out of weather-resistant urethane. To meet structural requirements, Baluster Rails, Newels and Porch Posts are reinforced. The systems feature the look and feel of wood, without the maintenance hassles.
- Brackets – Add character to your front porch with decorative, lightweight Brackets. Dozens of unique styles exist to complement the exterior of your home. From classic Scroll or Tulip brackets to Victorian or Scalloped pieces, these corner accents can be installed in less than five minutes to different areas of your porch.
- Structural Porch Posts – Load-bearing Porch Posts can add style to any front porch. Select from Colonial, Fluted, Square, Lamp Post or traditional styles.
- Column Wraps – Already have a porch post or column, but hate the look? Hide any existing column with a Semi-Assembled Column Wrap kit.
Semi-Assembled Column Wrap Kits come in two pieces and install in less than 15 minutes with a free-floating movement around a wood or steel post. Since the PVC column wrap doesn’t touch the support post (which is usually pressure treated lumber), if the post twists over time, the shape of the wrap will not be affected.
“When you’re on the road touring as much as we are, you miss your family and everyday lifestyle back home,” says Joseph Paul Hauserman, keyboard and percussion player for The Front Porch Country Band, who has toured 48 states. “Being back home means I can relax on my own front porch snuggled up with my wife and kids enjoying a meteor shower or star gazing. On those rare occasions that I’m home, I don’t want to hassle with fix-up projects, which is why the synthetic porch products make a great deal of sense to me.”
The down-home experiences Hauserman enjoys so much influenced the group to write one of their newest songs, Pennsylvania Home. The six singer/songwriters, who joined together in 2001, all make their homes in Pennsylvania’s scenic Susquehanna Valley. The original American country music of the world-traveled guitar players and singers is featured in their albums: “America Standing Tall,” “Somebody Tonight” “Christmas Once Upon a Time: The Christmas Album,” and “Here We Go Again.” For more details, visit www.frontporchcountryband.com.
Fypon offers thousands of decorative millwork elements in a variety of architectural styles to enhance the interior and exterior of America’s homes. Part of consumer products company Fortune Brands Home & Security. (NYSE: FBHS), Fypon is a brand name leader in the synthetics millwork industry. For additional information, call 1-800-446-3040 or visit the company’s web site www.fypon.com.