In our last two articles, we discussed deck railing and deck stairs — their function, architecture and style possibilities.
So in this week’s post, let’s drill down to the nitty-gritty details and write specifically about the railing balusters — the infill pieces between the rail posts that are mounted from top-to-bottom and side-by-side.
Gray Decking, White Rails, Black Metal Balusters, St. Louis Mo, Project by Archadeck
The primary purpose and consideration for choosing a baluster is always safety.
Local safety and buildings codes — which vary by city and sometimes by neighborhood — will dictate the spacing between each picket, their exact height from the deck’s surface and other installation requirements.
So if you’re tackling deck construction on your own, know your codes!
If, however, you’re using an experienced local deck contractor, no worries. They’ll be knowledgeable about the permit process and ordinances from town-to-town.
Elevated, Two Story Deck Designed For Safety and Style, by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo
The secondary purpose for choosing a baluster is architectural impact. Rails and balusters dramatically influence the entire look and feel of your outdoor space. So give them some thought.
And what are the style options? Boy-oh-boy, today’s consumers are given A LOT of baluster choices — wood to wrought iron, aluminum to steel, and tempered glass to cable or tubing. Whether simple or lavish, balusters provide infinite possibilities when it comes to your rail design. Read the rest of this entry »