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Overview - Balustrade Installation

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Balustrade - Individual Balusters assembled
with Railings into complete sections.

Steps Covered on the following pages:
1. Layout balustrade components.
2. Assemble balustrade sections.
3. Install sections between Posts.
4. Cap each Section with Handrail.

We strongly recommend using Subrail under your Handrail. This will greatly simplify installation, as shown here. Nail or screw through the top of the Subrail, into the top of the Baluster. Then, screw through bottom of the Subrail into bottom of Handrail ... and no nails or screws will show!

In addition to simplifying installation, Subrailing has other important advantages. It adds extra height to the Handrail, giving it a more expensive look, but at little extra cost. Also, actual Handrailing can be installed after all other construction is complete, limiting possible damage during construction. And third, since the Handrail is a separate piece, it’s very easy to paint it a different color, should you prefer.

Note: We can cut a centered 1/4" deep x 3/4" wide channel into the bottom of Subrail. This will make installation of 3/4" thick Sawn Balusters quite a bit easier, but is not required. We can also cut 1", 1-1/4", and 1-1/2" wide x 1/4" deep bottom channels.

Sloped-Top Bottom Rail
For exterior use, your balustrade's bottom rails must be able to shed water. And it is critical they NOT have a 'channel' for Balusters, as this will trap water, causing premature damage.

Our Sloped-top Bottom Railing helps solve the moisture problem. And there’s an added bonus! As with Subrailing, all hardware can be hidden from view when using our 2-part Sloped-top Bottom Railing.

Kickspace Blocks
Kickspace Blocks are used to support longer Balustrade sections at an appropriate height above the porch floor. Typically, you will want about a 3" kickspace but we also sell 4" tall Cypress Kickspace Blocks Since these blocks will be in constant contact with the porch floor, ours are made of weather-resistant Cypress or totally waterproof PVC.

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

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