Balusters- Vertical posts that support the handrail system. Often called spindles. The two most popular types are made from wrought iron and wood.
Balustrade - Refers to the collection of newels, balusters and handrail on a staircase.
Bullnose - The shape formed on the edge of a step or tread.
|Gooseneck - A handrail fitting used at a landing or balcony to complete a smooth transition between varying heights. Example: 2 Rise Straight Gooseneck without Cap (Link fits 6115 Handrail).
Handrail - The horizontal member or balustrade system that sits on top of the balusters and is supported by the newel posts.
Landing Newel- A newel post positioned at a landing or balcony.
Landing Tread- A structural molding, used on all landings and balconies, to create a transition between the stair and the finished floor, and also as a level surface to attach balusters. Standard overall width is: 3 1/2" or 5 1/4" and overhangs the balcony 1-1/2" or 1 1/4", allowing cove or trim to run underneath.
Level Quarter Turn - A level handrail fitting that turns 90 degrees.
Newel Posts - Larger than a baluster. Found at the top and bottom of the staircase and generally every 8' on balconies. (Box Newels, Turned Newels.
Riser - The vertical face of the step.
Rosettes - Decorative pieces that end a handrail system at the wall line. They are often used to prevent damage to the drywall when the handrail is pulled tight to the wall.
Stringers - Structure that supports the risers, treads, and balustrade.
Tread - The step or part of the stair one walks on.
Tread Brackets - A decorative moulding that is fastened to the outside of the stringer. It is often called a "Scroll" or "Scroll Bracket."
Volute - A handrail fitting that is typically used on a pin top starting newel and curves away from the stair in a circular manner. They are either left hand or right hand depending on the location to be installed. (link pictures a Right Hand Volute).