Improve Your Deck With Metal Balusters

As important as it is for you to remember to pick the best railings for your deck, you may want to add some additional depth and uniqueness by adding some metal balusters. You can’t build a structurally sound deck without making sure that you have installed hand rails for the safety of your family and friends. That is why it is very important that before you start building your deck, you take some time to learn what the building codes are for your location. If you already have some of your materials, make sure you check to make sure that everything is also in compliance with the manufacturer’s recommendations as well. Even if you have many years of construction experience, it is always best for you to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for their products, or else you could end up voiding any warranties and putting everyone’s safety at risk.

Keep in mind that when you are choosing your metal balusters, you want to envision what the final picture will be in your head. Sometimes it helps if you look at some other completed decks until you find one or a few that fit your goals.

Remember, if you are using metal balusters you need to pay special attention to the spacing requirements that are set forth in your local building codes. If you space them incorrectly, you are putting any child that comes onto your patio at risk for serious injury. There should be no more than 4 inches between your railings and their attachments. Anything less than 4 inches is perfectly acceptable. There are several ways you can mount your metal balusters to your deck. Some come already assembled to the railings, others come with mount kits. Even if you are not mechanically inclined, installation is often the easiest task when it comes to constructing a deck.

When you choose a particular style of railing, try to go with what is most appealing to you. If you are concerned about whether or not you and your guests will have trouble seeing the landscape; pick railings, and attachments that offer more transparency for you to see past them. Take pictures so you can visualize how well a certain type of design will compliment you home’s exterior. If you are not comfortable with adding color or are having a hard time choosing a complimentary color, you can always resort to traditional blacks, whites or some other neutral colors. Experiment and see what kind of interesting and unique combinations you can come up with. You don’t have to match your railings and balusters with each other. Sometimes mixing and matching colors can create very impressive combinations that work well with the vision you are trying to create.

Keep in mind that depending on the type of railings and metal balusters you choose, you may need to do some maintenance on them a few times throughout the year to help keep them clean and in good condition.