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Wrapping Deck Posts

Because solid 6x6 wood structural posts are prone to checking, over time they can become an eyesore. Wrapping the support posts with an aluminum or vinyl cover can be a nice finishing touch to conceal the posts and also to protect them from the sun. There are many products available in different colors and styles. Accessories to cover and decorate the bases and top connections may also be available.

Some composite decking manufacturers also produce post sleeves that match the color and texture of the decking’s appearance. Composite post sleeves are usually hollow cores that you must slide the post into before installation. Most aluminum and vinyl covers are sold as assemblies that can be snapped together around the post after it is installed.

Some deck builders use rough sawn cedar as trim to wrap structural posts. This offers a kind of bittersweet solution because although this may look nice to begin with, it will eventually weather and crack just as the post underneath would. Decks that are installed over garages may require you to surround the base of the structural posts in concrete as a precaution against being struck by an automobile.


Comments, Questions and Reviews


I appreciate the info on deck post sleeves/wrapping. However, contrary to this information, we are having a difficult time finding PVC/composite/low maintenance post sleeves or wraps in black to cover 6x6 support posts. I can find white, khaki and tan . . . but black gives a much more invisible look and it''s what we would like. I like the simple sleeves since the post is already large . . .like the ones shown by ''fairway'' but cannot find anything like that in black. Any help or suggestions????

posted by dimtngirl at 2/14/2015 9:02:10 AM