Pilasters are used to frame the vertical sides of entryways. The most common place to see Pilasters is around a front door, but they can also be used to add style and definition to garage doors and windows. Pilasters were created to achieve an effect similar to columns, but are less obtrusive and more versatile. Architectural Pilasters are a beautiful form of door and window trim that are sure to add value and distinction to your home exterior. Pilaster styles Pilasters are typically molded with a plinth block above the pilaster section, which may be Fluted, smooth, or PaneLED. The double panel pilaster is a popular PaneLED pilaster style that has a lot of character. It has two panels, usually with the larger of the two panels on the top portion of the pilaster. Using double panel Pilasters is a great way to add texture to your door and window trim. Often custom millwork of this type is quite expensive, but there are ways to reduce the cost, such as shopping around for architectural Supplies at a home improvement store like architectural depot, or by using less expensive materials made of Urethane. Benefits of Urethane Pilasters Urethane millwork has become popular for exterior door and window trim for many reasons. First, it is more cost effective than traditional wood millwork, and second, it is more resistant than wood to cracking and rotting due to sun or rain damage. The higher density the Urethane material is, the greater its strength and stability. Urethane products do not usually require any water sealing, and will last on your home exterior for many years with little or no maintenance, making them the ideal material for exterior home improvements.