Monthly Archives: October 2012

Iron Balusters

We’ve touched briefly on the concept of Hollow versus Solid wrought iron balusters briefly in past posts but we decided today to give this topic a little more attention.  Iron balusters come in many shapes and many of these are available in two categories; yep you guessed it, solid or hollow.  So what exactly is the… Read More »

Plowed Handrail

What is a Plowed Handrail?  This is a common question we receive from many of our customers.  The answer is simple; many wood handrails are manufactured with a channel removed on the bottom side.  This “Plow” allows for the simple and clean installation of square-top wood balusters, including completely square Mission or Craftsman wood balusters. … Read More »

Stair Design

If you are considering a new stair design in your home but are on the fence here are a few examples of the dramatic difference this often simple renovation can make.  Whether you want to rejuvenate your living area for your continued enjoyment or add something extra to help sell or increase the sales price… Read More »

Wrought Iron Railings

Wrought Iron Railings have become extremely popular over the last decade or so primarily because of the great versatility they allow in creating a unique balustrade.  Wrought iron as it is known today is basically a mild steel and the term literally means “worked iron”.  It has been around for several centuries, although in the… Read More »

Iron Balusters and Wood Balusters

Choosing between iron balusters and wood balusters is almost entirely a decision of appearance.  When installed correctly either option provides very similar strength characteristics and are more than adequate for the job.  In addition Wrought Iron Balusters and Wood Balusters overlap substantially in cost, with a wide variety of each being very comparable.  In the… Read More »

Prefinished Stair Parts

Many of our customers request prestained or prefinished stair parts instead of the unfinished alternative.  While we offer both options at, many customers change their mind when they they realize the disadvantages of using prefinished components to construct their balustrade.  If you are doing a simple wall mounted handrail then using a prefinished handrail is perfectly… Read More »

Newel Posts

Newel Posts are one of the most important structural members of a railing system.  They contribute the largest percentage of strength and durability to the balustrade.  There are two major categories of newels, turned wood newels and box newel posts also called box posts. When selecting a newel post you should consider the overall balustrade… Read More »

Stair Treads

Stair Treads have been the topic of two of our customers’ questions this week alone so we thought it would be a good idea to address this major stair component.  Both customers asked whether or not they could use their hardwood flooring on their stairway as treads, which is a question we are commonly asked.… Read More »

Wrought Iron Stair Railings

When you are trying to decide which type of railing you should secure your stairway with there are many different factors you should consider.  The first and most important factor is safety.  Stairs are used to get from one level of a building to the next level.  So there is always a potential for a… Read More »

Quality Stair Parts

Many people wonder if you can actually buy quality stair parts at a big box store. If you are only given the option of a yes or no answer the answer is no. The problem with big box stores is that they order a lot of their products in bulk from countries such as China.… Read More »