I recently had a new walkway put in front of the 30-year-old house and onto
the front portico. The portico had two columns supporting it, height 8' 2".
One of the columns had extensive insect damage, thus we need to replace it.
I went to Home Depot and bought two precast replacement columns. However,
the measure only 8 feet. Each one has a cap and base, but they are only for
"decoration" - they provide no support at all.
The question: Is the portico typically self-supporting? That is, if I put
in the replacement columns in place, two inches short, does it matter? Did
the old columns actually support the portico, or were they just for show as
well? For what it's worth, the old ones were wooden, and they did fit well,
but they were clearly resting on the trim wood, not on an obvious
The precast columns do not look like they are made to support anything
Any opinions? Thanks in advance.