Balustrades are not only essential for the safety of others while on a deck well above the ground, they can also be designed in a manor to be both substantial and attractive and become a feature of the end structure.
Softer woods and pine can still be used successfully for balustrades and then can always be sealed or painted after for a colour match. Bearing in mind you will have to continuously maintain a pine balustrade.
Balustrading will consist of a top handrail usually 108 x 32, but can be machined to any desired size. This would be fixed to upright posts (69 x 69) which are either fixed to the outside or inside of a timber deck or they can be secured to brackets and chemically anchored into concrete.
Traditionally smaller timber pickets are made into panels (vertically) to fit between the posts or you could use stainless steel cabling or galvanised rods to get a clean, modern industrial look.
Balustrades are commonly seen not only on:
- timber decks
- entrance ways
- They can also be made for dual purposes and act as screens
The versatility, beauty and strength of timber makes it the ideal material choice for all types of balustrades. Treated softwood and durable hardwoods are the most popular timber choices and these can be turned to create a range of unique styles and designs to suit a variety of tastes and decors.