Balusters are the posts that support the upper rail part of a railing system. A balustrade is a row of repeating balusters. Staircases and porches often use a system of balustrades to stabilize railings, create a desired appearance, and provide a safety barrier.
The beauty of a balustrade system depends on how the shapes and styles of the balusters, newel posts, newel caps, and balustrade railings work together to create the desired look. A well-designed balustrade system can add to the ambiance of an interior or exterior design with styles ranging from the Classical to Contemporary.
The perfect balustrade system can do more than just improve the way your home or office looks. The right balustrade design can add value, or be used to draw attention to a specific area that you want your visitors to focus their attention on.
Building codes often regulate the space between balusters for safety reasons. The general rule is that a 4-inch sphere (ball) should not be able to go through the widest opening between the individual balusters. We strongly recommend checking all local, state and national building codes before you install a balustrade system.
Whether you are building a Victorian porch or a Colonial balcony, the right balustrade system can make all the difference. Today balustrades come in a broad range of styles and materials, including polyurethane. Polyurethane balustrades look great, and require much less maintenance than wood balustrades.
HB&G balustrades are manufactured by molding high-density urethane around the structural elements. They provide exceptional beauty, durability, and quality. The HB&G systems ship already primed, ready to install and paint. They’re relatively easy to install, and they’re backed by a 25-year limited warranty.
HB&G helps you create an even more dramatic look with their curved balustrade systems, available in 6″, 7″ and 12″ rail styles. Each top and bottom rail style is available in radius from 60″ to 108″ in 10′ lengths. If you need a modified radius, contact customer service. They can help, if you’re looking for a 6″ or 7″ system.