Stair Railings – Provide Safety with Wood, Metal, or Wrought Iron Stair Railings ...

Stair railings are a requirement for safety, but they can also be an elaborate decorative piece of the structure.

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There a few unfamiliar terms associated with stair railings. Here are a few to keep an eye out for:
  • Baluster: The baluster (also seen in deck railings) connects the railing to the ground. Sometimes also known as spindles or pickets.
  • Newel Post: This is the most important spindle. They are located at the top and the bottom of the stairway and are usually placed on a secured platform.

Stair railings are available in many different building materials. Use the same railing design that wraps around the borders of the deck, or modify them. There is no rule that states they must all be the same.

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The variety of stair railing types include:

  • Wood Stair Railings: The beauty of this material is that they can be carved into any shape, painted or stained any color, and will compliment a wood or composite deck beautifully.
  • Metal Stair Railings: There are many different types of metal used to make balusters and handrails. Some of these types include but are not limited to:
    • Iron
    • Wrought Iron
    • Stainless Steel
Use one, mix and match, use them all. For more tips on how to design your stair railings look at photographs on manufacturer's websites. Be amazed by the various styles and ideas that are out there. Find a way to make your deck truly unique and beautiful.


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