White Rails and Pickets with Glass Infill for Two Story Deck Project by Archadeck

White Rails and Pickets with Glass Infill for Two Story Deck Project by Archadeck

When dissecting the components of custom deck design, rails and balusters top the list of important elements.

Railing with unique balusters — or other types of ‘infill’ products — provide homeowners with a simple way to express their individuality for a deck project, setting them apart from all the others.

Balusters also offer the opportunity to incorporate upscale style and color with interesting materials to match or blend with a home’s exterior architecture as well as interior spaces.

Basket Balusters for Hardwood Deck in St. Louis by Archadeck

Elegant Basket Balusters for Hardwood Deck in St. Louis by Archadeck

With a little guidance from an experienced contractor like Archadeck, folks can say ‘So-Long’ to plain boring rails with newer, modernized and versatile railing products.

In other words, basic rails are made a whole lot better simply with the right baluster.

Generally speaking, the most popular customer-requested deck railings are ‘low-maintenance’ and ‘style-filled’.

And this can be accomplished in a myriad of ways with positioning, materials and ornamentation of the baluster or rail-infill.

Feeny Cable Railing with TimberTech Terrain Deck by Archadeck

Feeny Cable Railing with TimberTech Terrain Deck by Archadeck

Positioning:

First of all, raised decks will require some type of railing with barriers for safety reasons.

Design-wise, this can be accomplished with vertical, horizontal or even solid designs.

For example, horizontal steel piping, tubing or thin cable creates an undeniable contemporary look.

Glass panels or solid kneewall railings are also an option.

But by far, the most sought-after product for a deck rail is a baluster that runs vertically.  So let’s explore the options among vertical balusters.

Wood Deck with Metal Balusters, Project by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Deck with Classic Metal Balusters, Project by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Materials:

Metal balusters made with aluminum are extremely popular and provide plenty of versatility.

Available in different styles, sizes and colors, aluminum balusters are low maintenance while offering a wide variety of ‘looks’.

Depending on the particular type, colors might include black, gray, white, silver, brown, and copper tones.

Glass, composite and wrought-iron balusters are on the ‘what’s trending in 2014 list’ too.

Ornamentation:

Deck with Centerpiece Balusters by Archadeck in St. Louis

Deck with Centerpiece Balusters by Archadeck in St. Louis

Balusters can be found in traditional, contemporary or European flavors with sleek, modern, curved, arced, or twisted designs…. anything your heart desires.

Other accessories that can put more ‘fancy’ in a deck-baluster include centerpiece patterns, baskets, collars and lights.

To summarize:

Creative but simple design elements, such as the perfect balustrade, truly make an otherwise basic deck, a stand-out project and outdoor living space.

That’s the beauty of custom decks by Archadeck.  Customization can bring endless possibilities at an affordable price with unique features such as balusters.

Front Porch Project by Archadeck in St. Louis Mo

Front Porch Project by Archadeck in St. Louis Mo – Decorative Columns, Rails and Balusters

So if you’d like to learn more about adding a deck, porch, screen room or other outdoor space to your St. Louis home, please give us a try.

We’re located in St. Louis West County and serve the entire metropolitan St. Louis region including St. Charles, St. Charles County and parts of Illinois.

Give us a call anytime at 636.227.0800 or visit our website, west-county.archadeck.com for more information.  If you live out of our area, visit archadeck.com to find other locations.

Sources:  Business Wire, BHG, Deckorators, Beautiful Backyard Blog, Archadeck Nova Scotia, Archadeck Columbus, Westbury, Deckorators, TimberTech

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