Deck Balusters

Written by Donald Sparacin
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Deck balusters are the vertical pieces that span the space between the top and bottom rails of the railings. They help to keep the little ones and pets on the deck, and add a finished look to the completed project. They can be as simple as 2"X2" wood or as elaborate as turned spindles like you would see on a grand staircase. No matter which type of deck balusters you choose, the overall impression of the deck will be improved significantly over a deck without a decorative and functional railing.

Deck Balusters Come in a Variety of Materials

As mentioned, deck balusters can be as simple as vertical wood slats. Obviously, those are the least expensive offering. Yet for a little more, you can add a touch of elegance and opulence by upgrading to more elaborate ones. Wrought iron can make for an extremely formal look, but it does require maintenance.

A good alternative to wrought iron is vinyl-coated aluminum. This material for deck balusters is maintenance free, costs less than iron, and is easier on the budget. Processes allow it to come in a wide variety of styles and sizes to accommodate virtually any design. This is the recommended material of this writer for its ease of installation, fair cost, great appearance, and best of all, lack of maintenance required.

Another newer product that has recently been marketed is a braided wire baluster that is also vinyl coated. It too can be molded into a wide variety of shapes and is said to be a low cost product. Again, due to its vinyl coating this is a maintenance free product. While the specifications on this material look good, we have no first hand experience with it, so an objective review cannot be offered at this time.


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