Caps and Bases are decorative components that are used in conjunction with a column. There are many options of construction and shapes for Caps and Bases. Caps and Bases can be used on PermaCast, PermaLite and PermaWrap Columns.
Standard Caps and Base
The standard cap and base for an HBG Column depends on the type of column. PermaCast and PermaLite columns utilize a Tuscan cap and base options are Tuscan, where PermaWrap is either a Standard or Ogee Cap and Base.
The standard cap and base for a PermaCast column is made of polyurethane. They fit over the shaft and do not alter the height of the column. A PermaTuff base is made of fiberglass while the cap is urethane. Colonial caps and bases are a low profile and are typically used when the railing will be attached to the column. The Tuscan cap and base kit include installation brackets and can be up to 16″ in diameter. Decorative and Ornamental caps are also an option. When used with PermaCast round columns, it will alter or change the height of the shaft. When used with PermaCast square columns, it will not alter or change the height of the shaft.
The standard cap and base for a PermaCast column is made of polyurethane, they fit around the shaft and do not alter the height of the column. The Tuscan cap and base kit includes installation brackets for up to a 16” diameter. Tuscan cap and base kits that come with installation brackets also come with Flashing. The flashing acts as a cap to cover the top of the column to keep the elements out. Installation kits and flashing are available for Round Tapered and Square Columns. There are plenty of other profiles of Caps and Bases to fit the homeowners needs. Including, a Colonial profile, which is a low profile Tuscan option, that will help when railing is used, as well as an Attic and Doric option. These are not standard, but can be ordered through HB&G as a special order item.
PermaCast columns come standard with a flashing. It is applied to the top of the cap to keep the elements out. If ordering direct from HB&G, it is not standard. However when ordering through Reeb, it is a standard. The cap and base flashing kit only fits the Tuscan style.
Decorative Caps and Bases are to be used with Tapered Columns only. If the customer needs a Decorative Cap and Base, and a non-tapered column, order the next size up (ie: 8″ column, order 10″ cap with a 8″ base). The customer must modify this in the field, HB&G nor Reeb will modify the Cap to fit a non-tapered column.
A PermaTuff base is made of fiberglass while the cap is made of urethane. This allows for durability in a heavily trafficked or highly exposed area.
Decorative and Ornamental
Decorative and Ornamental caps are not a set, they’re cap only. The customer must buy a base as a loose component. These caps are can be used with Round PermaCast columns (with a taper) and square columns. When used with a PermaCast round column, the caps are made to alter the height of the unit, and the top of the column, above the neckmold, needs to be adjusted. This requires field prep and instructions are included in the box, a link is available below as well. When used with a PermaCast Square Column, it will not alter or change the height of the shaft.
On occasion, there may be a need for a non-tapered round column with a Decorative or Ornamental cap and base. It is important to know that this option is not available from HB&G nor Reeb. However, if this look is absolutely necessary, order the next size up for the cap but the correct size base (ie: 8” column, order a 10” cap and an 8” base). The cap will need to be modified on-site to fit the column properly. Reeb nor HB&G will modify this for the end user.
To make installation even easier the 6”-12” round taper and square poly Tuscan Cap and Base Sets with flashing now come with the PlumbFit Installation System Included. This unique, all in one installation system is designed to reduce the time and labor needed to install columns and ensure accurate column placement. For more information on PlumbFit, view HB&G’s Column Installation Video.