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18 Feb

What Are The Most Common Types Of Post Caps And Post Cap Benefits?
By Xtreme eDeals

It’s no secret that people love renovating and decorating their homes.

Any detail that would make the home seem a bit fancier and aesthetically pleasing is something homeowners live for, at least the ones who take pride in their living space.

And one common home feature folks love decorating is the deck and fence.

In this article, we will talk about one easy and effective way to spruce up the patio and fence via deck and fence post caps.

You will learn:

1. What are the most common deck and fence post caps;

2. How deck and fence post caps benefit you the homeowner.

Let’s get right into it!

What Are The Most Common Types Of Post Caps?

Usually, the most common types of post caps are made out of wood, but this is not always the case.

Even though wooden post caps are the most common, they are actually the ones that are most prone to rotting, moss, cracking and tend to end up being a very short-term solution.

However, people often go with wood caps to match their wooden fence or deck posts.

What’s better than wooden post caps?

Other common options are vinyl post caps and aluminum post caps.

They look great and are not so prone to cracking and dissolving over a short period of time. However, the vinyl caps are the ones that over time get destroyed by UV rays.

If you are looking for the best material for your post caps, we would by far definitely recommend the ones made out of thermoplastics or aluminum or metal.

Especially the ones that are ASA resin. They are quite durable, UV resistant and make up for the perfect addition to your fence by looking visually pleasing for the eye.

Bottom line is that you can get post caps in a wide variety of shapes and colors.

You can find pyramid post caps, ball post caps, spear post caps, triad finial post caps, and honestly, the options are endless.

And because they are endless, you can very easily match the look of the post cap to the style that you are going for in your fence or yard.

What Are The Most Common Fence And Deck Post Cap Colours?

When it comes to color, black post caps and white post caps are the most common, but you can choose any colour you wish!

The size of course, has to match the fence, but more on that later on!

What Are The Benefits Of Adding Post Caps?

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There are plenty of people who are very much familiar with the benefits of post caps, yet still don’t want to go into the process of picking them up and placing them because they believe it’s just too much work.

Despite all of that, this is quite the contrary (the post caps are extremely easy to find and easier to install), they also come with plenty of benefits.

Just wait until you hear them out, we are more than certain they will change your mind!

-The post caps will protect the fence from weather conditions. Whether it’s exposed to extreme sun or harsh winds and rain, post caps act like a shield for your posts. They may be damaged afterward, but the post will remain protected. This is what makes post caps a perfect addition to your fence.

-Prevents any wildlife from damaging the posts. When you have flat posts, without a cap on top, you’ll find that birds or squirrels and various wildlife can stand on top of them and potentially make a mess. Now, with the help of the post cap and the brilliant way they are designed, you will have less issues when it comes to wildlife crisis and will maintain clean, at least mostly.

-They offer added protection from the fence itself. This may sound a little bit out there, but the tops of the posts actually have a tendency of cracking up all the way, and the post caps are an excellent way to prevent that! When a homeowner notices the situation, in more cases than not they will try to nail the splintered parts of the postback together, which can result in some larger damage or even an injury! After all, the post caps are simply, the only way to go!

-Post caps can add value to your overall property value. In cases where fences and decks help improve overall property value, post caps as a result of their protective and decorative functionality improve property home value. They’ll instantly give your curb appeal a face lift.

How To Find The Right Size?

Probably one of the easiest things to do is to measure for the right fence post cap. The post caps will definitely give some edge and hone the overall look of the space, so if you have decided to go for this, let’s try to help you out!

When looking for the right and the perfect cap, size is everything, because it has to fit.

Decide on the style you want and find its size.

Take a tape measure and a ruler, and with that, try to find the measurements for the two of the outside surfaces on your deck or fence post.

Once you have found that, make sure you round up the number so you can use that number as an easy reference.

The most common post sizes are usually 4 x 6 posts, 4 x 4 posts and 6 x 6 posts.

But there’s more:

2 x 2 post caps

2.5 x 2.5 post caps

3 x 3 post caps

3.5 x 3.5 post caps

4.5 x 4.5 post caps

5.5 x 5.5 post caps

7.5 x 7.5 post caps

8 x 8 post caps

Once you have got that part covered, it is time to go to the next step, and this is the easier step actually.

The ideal post cap should be about 1/16 or 1/8 of an inch larger than the width of the post. This is required so that the cap can fit in perfectly with plenty of room yet not blow over whenever there is wind.

Post caps are quite the gorgeous thing to add to your fence, and they make up for an even more interesting look. This is what you need to make your outdoor space complete.

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