When the bases of columns are neglected
The paint film is the only protection between the wood, sun and rain. The paint film needs to be well maintained at all times which in turn will save the expense of replacing the complete column prematurely. These columns support the roof over the porch and carry the heavy load. If they are not replaced soon then the part of the roof structure will be jeopardized.
This repair is going to be expensive. Just by doing an annual maintenance touch up this could have been prevented.