March 28, 2013 2 min read
When many homeowners renovate their decks during the spring, one of the first things they replace is the banister or handrail. After all, this vital piece surrounds the perimeter of your deck, making it the most highly visible aspect of the whole structure. It is also essential to the safety of individuals standing on the deck, preventing small children and pets from falling off the side.
Over time, these railings may loosen, whether from heavy abuse or simply from being inadequately installed in the first place. In most cases, homeowners will choose a railing that is made from the same hardwood that was used for the deck's standing platform. One option that is often overlooked, however, is weather-treated wrought iron balusters for the railing.
These designs are unique and sculptural in ways that traditional hardwood turned balusters can't be. For instance, European Scroll Series spindles like the kind sold by Stair Parts USA have flair and curvature that can only be acquired through metalwork. As well, designs like those found in the shape series are perfect for homeowners who want to give their property a little more personality. The Single or Double Star balusters, for example, can give a deck a corral feel, while the Stacked S design has a Mediterranean look to it.
When you install your wrought iron balusters, be sure that you treat them with a weatherproofing paint and primer that will protect these stair parts from rust. Do the same with the hardwood you use on your deck - whether it is on your handrail or the standing platform - so that you'll be able to enjoy this space for years to come.
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