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Baluster System That Dresses Up a Home!

Posted by Holli McRae on 12/21/12 9:55 AM

Do you feel like you are living in a home that is beautiful and comfortable, but could use an extra touch of flair? If so, using a baluster in conjunction with a system of columns could be an excellent way for you to make a slight yet appealing change to your home. They are quite affordable and easy to install, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes that can be an excellent complement to any style of home you might have. Worthington Baluster

A baluster is a turned structure, or column, that is typically grouped with other balusters and is held upright by a rail system. They are often associated with ancient architecture, and the styles they are offered in today reflect their origins. The fact that they are still popular is a testament to their versatility. They are also well-suited to a variety of homes; even if your home doesn’t necessarily have an antique appearance, a column design on the outside can still add a nice accent to an otherwise drab patio. In fact, you can even use a set of columns to accent a winding staircase on the interior of your home. Balusters are available in a variety of materials. Typically, they come in stone, wood or fiberglass, and polyurethane. The kind of material you choose depends highly on where you would like to place your set of columns. If you intend on putting them inside, it won’t matter whether they are made in a durable or strong material; however, if you plan on putting them outside, you’ll want to chose a more long-lasting type of substance. Columns made out of polyurethane are the most affordable. They only require one thing: You have to paint them with a top coat to protect the substance. After you do that, it will last over a lifetime. They are also quite lightweight. This is important if you happen to live somewhere with building codes or restrictions that might interfere with the kind of building you’d like to do with your system. Alternately, if you need a column that provides a bit more strength, ones made of stone are an excellent choice. They offer more structural support than their counterparts, and come in both smooth and textured finishes; you can pick whenever one you think might look best with the rest of your decor. Another benefit to choosing stone is that stone doesn’t require any painting once the system is installed. If you decide to incorporate columns into your architectural design, whether it’s inside of or outside of your home, you are sure to be pleased with the stunning results. They will immediately make the area look more formal and visually appealing, and they won’t have necessitated a large amount of effort in terms of installation. If you order your columns online, they often come with a set of instructions so that you can install them yourself. This saves you the cost that would inevitably come with hiring someone to do the job for you.

Topics: Balustrade System, Architectural Columns

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