Would like to install vinyl on my porch columns. The existing posts are structurally sound and I want to keep them in place, but don't want to be scraping paint and painting them to keep them looking good. The posts are 46 inches tall and are placed on a tall brick base with a concrete square on top of the brick. The posts taper from 10 1/2 inches at the bottom to 6 1/2 inches at the top. Any ideas for how to best do this? Have noticed some homes in my area that have siding installed on the columns. The rest of the house has the double dutch lap, is this too wide to use on the posts? Should I use the more narrow siding for this? Someone suggested that I use soffit instead of siding on them. Any other suggestions or the pros and cons of doing this? Any other products that might work better than either of these? Would appreciated any advice. Thanks.