Category Archives: Product Information

Stair and balustrade products and related information.

Starting Steps

 Starting steps protrude into a room at the base of a staircase and may be visible from several sides. This added surface area can showcase  materials and finishes of the risers and treads. It can also be used for base newel posts or elaborate volutes.  Substantial starting steps can also give scale and balance to a… Read More »

Can I Reuse my Old Stair Parts when Remodeling my Banister?

One question that many of our remodeling customers ask is whether or not they can reuse any of their existing components. In addressing this question, there are several things to consider: First, what condition are the existing components in? Second, what is the purpose of the renovation? Structural, aesthetic, or both? Third, will these components… Read More »

Stair Parts Glossary of Terms

Stairs and banisters in general and stair parts specifically, compose a large assortment of terms that describe the many unique components used to create these elegant architectural features.  In order to make this blog more helpful, to better assist our customers in making informed decisions and as a general information resource, we’ve created a very… Read More »

Adding a wood handrail to your existing iron balustrade

There are several reasons that people choose to upgrade their current system by combining wood and wrought iron railings.  If your existing balustrade is all metal, the simple addition of wood handrails can dramatically improve on the existing design with little cost and simple installation.  Wood handrails are larger, warmer to the touch, often more… Read More »

Log Railings

Log railings are available in a wide variety of sizes and textures and they are a virtually essential component of many rustic homes or cabins.  They are typically available in two wood species, pine and cedar.  Cedar is an excellent choice for exterior applications because of its natural rot-resistant properties.  However, cedar log railings are… Read More »

Interior Stair Railing Design

If you are looking for a way to add a little character to your floor level balustrade here is an idea that gives a new purpose to a standard stair part.  Designing a distinct and memorable balustrade from the myriad components available definitely involves some creative thought.  There is more to it than picking the… Read More »

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