Installing Deckorators Balusters

Installing Classic, Colonial, and Estate Style Balusters

Whether you are building a new deck or just updating an existing deck, Aluminum balusters are an easy way to enhance your deck. Aluminum balusters are easy to install with just a few simple steps:

Step 1: Measure and cut. Measure the rail section from post to post. Cut the 2"x4" handrail frame top and bottom pieces. Lay them side by side between the posts. Mark the center of the rail section.

Step 2: Layout. Now you need to determine the baluster spacing. The maximum space between balusters is determined by National and local building codes. You need to check with your local jurisdiction to determine how the local vary. The national code says that you should not be able to fit a 4" ball through the handrail at any point. So the spacing between the balusters should be 3-3/4" or less. Now you add the width of the baluster (this is typically 3/4" to 1" wide) to the maximum spacing (3-3/4"). This total will be the center-to-center dimension of our baluster spacing. For our example, let's use 4-1/2" as our baluster spacing dimension. Now, the easiest way to correctly layout the rail section is with the use of a spacing gauge. You can make a spacing gauge out of any scrap board that is longer than your longest section of railing. Typically an 8-9' long 2"x4" will work perfectly.

  1. Find the center of your gauge board and mark it.
  2. From the center point, make a mark every 4-1/2" in both directions. These marks will represent the center of the balusters.

For installation instructions for baroque and Arch Style balusters click here.

For installation instructions for scenic and contour glass balusters click here.

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Now that your gauge board is marked, here are the steps for determining the baluster layouts:

  1. Lay the gauge board on top of the rail section top and bottom pieces (2x4's). Align the center mark on the gauge board with the center of the rail section.
  2. Before you transfer the layout marks to your rail section, you must first check the spacing between the end layout marks and the rail posts. The distance between the end layout marks and the posts must be more than half the width of your balusters (since the layout marks represent the center of the balusters); but less than our center-to center dimension. In our example that would be more than 3/8", but less than 4-1/2".
  3. If the last layout is too close or too far away, then you must slide the gauge board down half the distance of your center-to-center dimension. In our example that would be 2-1/4". Figure out which location is appropriate for your particular rail spacing.
  4. Make sure that the dimension between the last layout and the post is the same at both ends.
  5. Transfer the layouts form your gauge board to your rail frame.

Step 3: Install. Attach the baluster connectors to your 2"x4" rail frame using the screws that are provided. Remember that the layout marks represent the center of the balusters. Verify that the spacing between the balusters and the space at the posts is less than 4".

deck balustersStep 4: Attach the bottom rail frame. Set the bottom 2"x4" rail frame on 1-1/2" blocks and attach to the posts.

Step 5: Insert balusters. Insert balusters over baluster connectors. Use a silicone caulk or a clear adhesive on each connector prior to installing the balusters. This will help prevent the balusters from rattling and spinning.

Step 6: Attach the top rail frame. Set the top 2"x4" rail frame on the balusters. Start on one side and work side to side, aligning each baluster as you go. Use a silicone caulk or a clear adhesive on the inside of each baluster prior to installing the balusters. This will help prevent the balusters from rattling and spinning. When the balusters and connectors are all properly positioned, attach the top rail frame to the posts and install the top rail cap.

Step 7: Admire. Step back and admire the beautiful new railings on your deck!

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To see our selection of Deckorators balusters click here.

If you have other railing questions, try our railing FAQ by clicking here.


deck railInstalling Baroque and Arch Style Balusters

Baroque and Arch Style balusters are easy to install with just a few simple steps:

Step 1: Measure. Measure the rail section from post to post. Mark the center of the rail section.

Step 2: Layout. Now you need to determine the baluster spacing. The maximum space between the

balusters is determined by National and local building codes. You need to check with your local jurisdiction to determine how the local codes vary. The national code says that you should not be able to fit a 4" ball through the handrail at any point. So the spacing between the balusters should be 3-3/4" or less. Now you add the width of the baluster (typically 3/4" to 1" wide) to the maximum spacing (3-3/4"). This will be the center-to-center dimension of our baluster spacing. For our example, let's use 4-3/4" as our baluster spacing dimension. Now, the easiest way to correctly layout the rail section is with the use of a spacing gauge. You can make a spacing gauge out of any scrap board that is longer than your longest section of railing. Typically an 8-9' long 2"x4" will work perfectly.

  1. Find the center of your gauge board and mark it.
  2. From the center point, make a mark every 4-3/4" in both directions. These marks will represent the center of the balusters.

Now that your gauge board is marked, here are the steps for determining the baluster layouts:

  1. Lay the gauge board on top of the rail section. Align the center mark on the gauge board with the center of the rail section.
  2. Before you transfer the layout marks to your rail section, you must first check the spacing between the end layout marks and the rail posts. The distance between the end layout marks and the posts must be more than half the width of your balusters (since the layout marks represent the center of the balusters); but less than our center-to center dimension. In our example that would be more than 1/2", but less than 4-3/4".
  3. If the last layout is too close or too far away, then you must slide the gauge example that would be 2-3/8". Figure out which location is appropriate for your particular rail spacing.
  4. Make sure that the dimension between the last layout and the post is the same at both ends.
  5. Transfer the layouts form your gauge board to your rail frame.

Step 3: Install. Attach the balusters to your rail frame using the screws that are provided. Remember that the layout marks represent the center of the balusters. Verify that the spacing between the balusters and the space at the posts is less than 4".

Step 4: Admire. Step back and admire the beautiful new railings on your deck!

 

Still have questions or problems? E-mail us here, or call us at 1-877-898-836


To see our selection of Deckorators balusters click here.

If you have other railing questions, try our railing FAQ by clicking here.


scenic and contour glass balustersInstalling Scenic and Contour glass Balusters

Glass balusters are easy to install with just a few simple steps:

Step 1: Measure. Before you begin, you need to check with your local building inspector to verify that 5/16" tempered safety glass meets local building code requirements. Across the country it does, but local codes can vary. Measure the rail section from post to post. Mark the center of the rail section.

Step 2: Layout. Now you need to determine the baluster spacing. The maximum space between balusters is determined by National and local building codes. You need to check with your local jurisdiction to determine how the local codes vary. The national code says that you should not be able to fit a 4" ball through the handrail at any point. So the spacing between the balusters should be 3-3/4" or less. Now you add the width of the baluster (4" wide for the Scenic balusters) to the maximum spacing (3-3/4"). This will be the center-to-center dimension of your baluster spacing. For our example, let's use 7-3/4" as our baluster spacing dimension. Now, the easiest way to correctly layout the rail section is with the use of a spacing gauge. You can make a spacing gauge out of any scrap board that is longer than your longest section of railing. Typically an 8-9' long 2"x4" will work perfectly.

  1. Find the center of your gauge board and mark it.
  2. From the center point, make a mark every 7-3/4" in both directions. These marks will represent the center of the balusters.

Now that your gauge board is marked, here are the steps for determining the baluster layouts:

  1. Lay the gauge board on top of the rail section. Align the center mark on the gauge board with the center of the rail section.
  2. Before you transfer the layout marks to your rail section, you must first check the spacing between the end layout marks and the rail posts. The distance between the end layout marks and the posts must be more than half the width of your balusters (since the layout marks represent the center of the balusters); but less than our center-to center dimension. In our example that would be more than 2", but less than 7-3/4".
  3. If the last layout is too close or too far away, then you must slide the gauge board down half the distance of your center-to-center dimension. In our example that would be 3-7/8". Figure out which location is appropriate for your particular rail spacing.
  4. Make sure that the dimension between the last layout and the post is the same at both ends.
  5. Transfer the layouts form your gauge board to your rail frame.

Step 3: Install. Attach the balusters to your rail frame using the screws that are provided. Tighten the screws only until the rubber grommet starts to mushroom. Use caution not to over tighten. Remember that the layout marks represent the center of the balusters. Verify that the spacing between the balusters and the space at the posts is less than 4".

Step 4: Admire. Step back and admire the beautiful new railings on your deck!


To see our selection of Deckorators balusters click here.

If you have other railing questions, try our railing FAQ by clicking here.

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