Also referred to as stair sticks or spindles, balusters are molded shafts or lathe-turned forms made from wood or metal that support the railing on a staircase or the coping on a parapet. While one is simply known as a baluster, when you have several in a row they form what is called a balustrade. The style of a balustrade can profoundly affect the look of a staircase’s banister or railing, and the same is true for the appearance of a parapet. As such, when a baluster sustains damage or is broken or missing, it can hamper the overall appearance of the room. The most common balusters in a home line the stairway, and the look of a banister can contribute greatly to the value of a home.
If your home or commercial building possesses a balustrade which has become damaged or is missing pieces, repair is needed. Baluster’s are safety items. They should be no further than 4 inches apart (by modern code) and firmly secured. Professionals can also entirely replace a balustrade with new pieces should you want something more ornate or detailed than the original balusters. Both wood and metal balustrades can make a bold statement in your home or building.