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Overview of Installation

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Great Details
We'll cover installation in great detail, but it's not nearly as complicated as all of our details imply! In fact, most of what we have to share is just common sense. Please spend a moment reviewing how we've organized this information. And as always, please call (903) 356-2158 if you have any questions!

This Guide assumes your project is exterior, and that you are using our Subrails and Sloped-top Bottom Rails. For interior use, "channelled" Bottom Rails are fine. Outside, only a Sloped-top Bottom Rail will properly shed moisture!

Four Easy Steps
   1. Store everything properly.
   2. Paint everything before installation.
     (Not just a primer coat, but a finish coat as well.
      You can touch up after installation if necessary!)
   3. Preassemble complete Balustrade Sections (Rails & Balusters).
   4. Install components in the following order:
      A. Porch (& Newel) Posts
      B. Decorative items at Post tops.
      C. Balustrade Sections

Working Smart
Decorative items at Post tops install more easily before the Balustrades are in place, as you won't yet have anything in your way. (Second-story porches, or first floor porches dangerously far from the ground, should have Balustrades installed first for safety).

Working Ahead
You can work ahead, painting everything and assembling Balustrade Sections, even if Porch Posts aren't yet installed. To avoid damage, it's usually better to delay installing Vintage Woodworks' items if other parts of your project are still under construction.

Working Quicker
Preassembling Balustrades into complete Sections is much easier and quicker. This process allows most hardware to be hidden, greatly reducing the chance of rust stain bleed through. Quick removal for repainting or replacement of damaged components is very easy.

We are available by phone or email for free personalized consultation.

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