The wood wrap on all my porch columns needs help. Vertical pieces are fine, but pieces with a red dot (and equivalent on the backside) are starting to rot. The outer pieces are angled weird, slightly downward toward the column. Rain would sit there, and now they're all soft.
Is there a quick fix? Maybe replace the outer pieces and the cove molding with PVC, then caulk the seams properly? Should I have the SLIGHTEST angle downward away from the column, or just have them level and count on the PVC and caulk to hold up over time?