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What Are The Types of Post Caps Available?

Jan 29, 2020

Finish Your Project the Right Way, With Island Post Cap

A lot of people don’t realize that fence post caps are about more than just decoration or aesthetic value. They actually have an important role to play in not only the strength and integrity of your finished fence or other structure but its longevity as well.

Wood is an incredibly durable material, but one thing it isn’t is resistant to Mother Nature. If the ends of your fence posts are left exposed, over time they’ll get exposed to rain, snow and other elements that will have them showing signs of wear before you know it. That will eventually cause issues like mold and mildew to set in, which will ultimately lead to you need to replace those posts sooner rather than later.

Instead, you can proactively protect them – which is what post caps are all about. Having said that, it’s equally important to note that no two types of caps are created equally. There are a few different types and materials for you to choose from depending on your needs, the specific project you’re working on and your long-term goals for the whole thing.

Metal Post Caps

If you’re looking for a type of post cap that offers an almost unparalleled level of protection, but that itself is also low maintenance just the same, you’re looking for metal post caps – take our word for it. Not only do they have aesthetic value in spades, but they’re also available in a variety of materials like copper, powder-coated aluminum, stainless steel and more. Regardless of what you’re worried about or what type of environment you’re trying to protect against, metal post caps are more than capable of getting the job done. Just make sure you go with form-fitting caps that are tight (but not too tight) to avoid problems with caps that are too snug.

Glass Caps

If you had to make a list of some of the most attractive types of post caps that are available, glass caps would undoubtedly be right at the top. They’re available in a whole host of unique colors for you to select from, like cobalt blue or topaz and more. Whether you’re looking for something that commands attention or you want to go with a selection a bit more understated, glass caps have you covered (no pun intended). You can even choose from a variety of stained glass-style patterns complete with any advanced design you’d like.

Wood Post Caps

Wood post caps look terrific when paired up with wooden fences, but keep in mind that they’re prone to all of the same types of long-term issues that the fences themselves have. They’re visually pleasing, but be prepared to switch them out every few years to continue to enjoy the level of protection you need.

Vinyl or Composite Caps

These are great on vinyl and wood fences in particular, and they offer excellent resistance to UV rays. Newer caps in this category are made from ASA resin and last far longer than alternatives. Regular vinyl or composite caps are relatively low maintenance, but keep in mind that they can become brittle and fade over time.

Lighted Caps

Last but not least we have lighted caps, which come in the form of low-voltage LED lights or solar post caps. If you’re looking for an innovative way to both protect your fence posts and provide ambient lighting in your yard, this is absolutely the style you’ll want to go with.

Island Post Cap: The Partner You Need When You Need Us the Most

At Island Post Cap, we’ve been proud to act as a provider of high-end post caps and other items for clients all across the country for the last 15 years. Our wide range of post cape sizes and styles are available in nearly every configuration to best fit the needs of your project. That, coupled with our various wood species and our extensive finial selection, guarantees that you’ll always be able to create the right combination that will match just about any fencing, outdoor deck, and patio or landscaping needs you happen to have.

In addition to post caps and finials, we also offer superior quality arbors, pergolas, lantern posts, mailbox posts, post sleeves, gates and more – all with the quality you deserve and the affordable prices you demand.

Our customer service team is always available to lend a helping hand whenever we’re needed, so if you have any additional questions about the types of post caps that are available that you’d like to have answered, or if you’d just like to discuss the specifics of your next project with someone in a little more detail, please don’t delay – contact us today by email or give us a call toll free at 800-423-6589 (Monday through Friday, 7am to 10pm CST).

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