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Benefits of using Subrailing:
• Easy and professional Baluster installation. Just nail or screw through top of Subrail into top of Baluster. Then screw through bottom of Subrail into bottom of Handrail and no hardware will show! Review our installation system for details.
• Handrailing will be more substantial, as the Subrail appears to be part of the Handrail!
• You can easily paint your Subrails a contrasting color (before installation, of course) to achieve a 'pinstripe' effect. See Painting Pinstripes.
It is not necessary for Balusters to be as wide as Subrail, but Subrail must fit into the Handrail bottom channel, if present.
Optional Bottom Channel
We can cut a centered 1/4" deep x 3/4" wide channel into the bottom of Subrail for $0.29 per foot with a $20 minimum charge per order. A bottom channel 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 for the same price to accommodate thicker Sawn Balusters. Please indicate bottom channel width at Comments during checkout if you would like this added.
Interior Subrails are also available.
Note: We are currently unable to obtain Western Red Cedar at reasonable prices in the quality and lengths we require for Rails. We suggest you consider Cypress or AZEK® Brand Cellular PVC (synthetic wood) if you want to upgrade from Poplar for exterior use.