What is a column topper? As its name suggests, it is an ornamental detail that sits on a gable corner, fence post, column etc. for the mere purpose of enhancing the area with its beauty and craftsmanship. Our column toppers come in a choice of stainless steel or zinc. As column toppers tend to be larger and more ornate than an average finial, they can be just as home on a front porch or in a garden showing off as the artistic masterworks they are.