Wood Stairs » Design Concepts » Achieving a Bolstered Beauty with Balusters
Home and building owners are always considering ways to enhance the value and appeal of their real estate properties. Balusters can function as a safety feature for pretty much any building. In addition, they can add to the aesthetic appeal of the space.
Balusters are popularly used on stairs between the handrails and the landing. But they can also be used for other areas of a building. They are also handy for enclosing play areas for small pets and toddlers. You may even use them to support pretty much anything. Other creative uses include using them as wall ornaments and candle holders.
They create a barrier that keeps the things you want inside. Depending on how they are installed they can prevent a creeping baby, a toddler or even a pet, for instance from falling from a ledge. An exciting game of indoor football can go on without too many extended breaks since the stair balusters can prevent the ball from getting too far.
You can dress up your balusters with a creative paint job. Different varnish shades also go a long way in enhancing the look of these safety/decorative stair parts. These stair parts can be found in pretty much any material, steel, concrete, wood you name the construction material and there is likely a dealer who can provide the balusters.
They also come in a variety of styles and designs. As with anything else you are encouraged to shop around when looking for these creative stair parts. Ensure that all your wood products are treated before purchase, unless you plan to do some treating yourself. The best way to ensure that you get properly treated wood is to buy from a reputable dealer or manufacturer.
Reputable manufacturers pressure treat their wood as a part of the manufacturing process. They may also dry the wood using a kiln or use a copper-based preservative to coat it. If your balusters are made from pine you should note that treated pine has a ‘greener look’ than the untreated variety. You don’t want to end up with a massive termite infestation on your hands shortly after your project is completed.
You can purchase balusters in bulk and capitalize on some of the amazing deals that hardware stores tend to have from time to time. It is a good idea to get them and put them aside until you are ready to start the project. Just remember the tips posted above when you step out or venture online to survey the market.
About the Author:
Ron is a seasoned home repair consultant who has been in the business for the last ten years. He specializes in the adaptation and installation of all kinds of balusters.