Aug 03 2021
Balusters are in plain sight in many gardens and back yards. Yet, when we mention balusters to our Fence Armor® clients, we often get one of those blank looks. You know, the one when somebody looks at you in complete confusion. A baluster? What’s a baluster? is usually the following sentence out of their mouths.
At Fence Armor® we know plenty about fence post protection. We also know plenty about fence components and making the garden look great. If you are building a fence or railing around the patio or barbecue area, then balusters may well be top of the list.
Included on the list of everything you need to know about balusters is:
- Just what is a baluster?
- Balusters come in a variety of materials
- What can a baluster do?
- Balusters add curb appeal
- Know the building code
Let’s take a closer look at each point.
Just what is a baluster?
The chances are that you already have a baluster in your garden. If you have one, then you probably have many because that is the way with balusters.
Balusters are the decorative, vertical posts or legs of a patio railing. You may also see them around any feature in the garden. They support the railing above and fill the gaps between the posts. Balusters come in different shapes and sizes and are very versatile in design.
When designing any garden structure, always take a look at the options available.
Balusters come in a variety of materials
Balusters can be of concrete, vinyl, wood, aluminum or iron.
Aluminum balusters are very popular at the moment and can make for a very modern-looking garden. We have a selection which may suit your needs.
Concrete balusters are very heavy to work with, and you may need a pair of helping hands when building the railing. The concrete will last if you look after it and is easy to paint and maintain.
Iron balusters can be very decorative and will give you a chance to stretch your decorative muscles. A great positive of the vinyl balusters is that they are very low maintenance. They are also light to work with and are easy to replace.
Wood balusters usually come in the contemporary, rustic, traditional, or craftsman range of styles. You may need to do annual maintenance to any outdoor wood structure, so be sure to build that into your plans.
Remember to use fence post protection, regardless of the material you use.
What can a baluster do?
If you are looking to smarten up the pathway around the house, then a well-designed railing will work. Building one with decorative balusters, creating what is known as a balustrade will be eye-catching.
Balusters fill a critical safety role in the railing. They close the gap between the posts, making it a safe place for children, especially toddlers, to play.
There are many uses for the balusters in the garden and back yard. Next time you are building something, try adding a few for a touch of style.
Balusters add curb appeal
When someone approaches your home, you want them to get the best first impression. If you are looking to sell, then an extra bit of curb appeal may make the job that bit easier for the realtor.
Your well-designed and decorative balustrade will undoubtedly add curb appeal. The balusters make all the difference, and choosing the right style may make the railing perfect.
Curb appeal is vital for any house. Adding extras such as balusters will help sell your home. At Fence Armor® we have plenty of curb appeal ideas for your home. Fence post protection is our specialty, so ask the experts for advice.
Know the building code
When building any fence, railing, or deck structure, you will have to follow the building code. It is very true with balusters which perform an essential safety function.
The gap between the balusters on a patio or deck area can not be more than four inches. If in doubt, roll a tennis ball at the railing. If the ball slides through, then you may have a problem. The gap of four inches is not an arbitrary choice by the building code people. It is the average width of a baby’s head.
Having the balusters at the correct maximum distance may save a life.
Check with your local building office for the latest code before installing a fence or railing in the yard.
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At Fence Armor® we can help you with all your garden planning. Our experts know a lot about balusters and how to use them. Ask for their advice when planning any garden work. Call us today for all your fence post protection needs.
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