Choosing a Stairway Balustrade

  • New home construction and remodeling

Choosing a Stairway Balustrade

Stairway balustrades are one of the more prominent features of any multi-level home. Railing systems can be constructed with different materials and arranged in ways that serve to compliment the overall style that you desire in your new or remodeled home.

Although there is a great amount of design flexibility for stairway railings, there are several building code requirements that will have an impact on the appearance of your railing. One of the codes that greatly influence the design of a railing system is the requirement that one must not be able to pass a 4” sphere through any part of the balustrade system. This code must be taken into account when determining the size and spacing of any baluster you may select.Canyon Run Interiors 011

Another building code requirement is that a residential railing be a minimum of 36” above the floor surface. This code may influence what products are best suited to minimize obstructing views from areas such as decks and lofts.

The most common material used in the construction of balustrades is wood. The wood railing, balusters and newels come in many shapes and sizes and can be either painted or stained. Since wood is the most popular material used, it is also the most cost effective.

Other materials that have recently gained popularity are metal, cable, composite and glass stairway systems. These materials can be very stunning as a focal point in your new or remodeled home but the material and labor costs are significantly more than the wood systems. A combination of wood along with one of the more expensive materials is a great way to lessen the impact on the budget and can look very nice as well.

For those with a severely restricted budget or when a stairway is situated in a manner that makes it more a functional part of the home rather than a focal point, a simple 36” high wall capped with wood is a great cost cutting approach. A combination of some half-wall and some balustrade can be used as well to achieve just the right look without “breaking the bank”.

About the Author:

Lynn Delagrange Inc. was formed in 1985 as L.D. Construction Inc. d.b.a. Chateaus by Delagrange. Louis Delagrange was the company’s first president and Lynn Delagrange served as vice-president for the organization. Prior to the company’s formation Louis and Lynn ( Louis’ nephew ) had worked together on several residential project with Louis as the builder and Lynn as a freelance supervisor. In 2000, Lynn purchased Louis’ portion of the company and is its president and sole owner. The name of the company was changed to Lynn Delagrange, Inc. at the time ownership had changed. Lynn began his career in construction, at the age of 13, working summers on his father’s ( A. D. Delagrange ) building company. He has spent the entirety of his time since, involved in every aspect of the construction industry. Lynn has been married to his wife Sue since 1988 and together they have two grown children. Lynn and Sue attend Pathway Church regularly and he relies on his faith as guidance in the way the company is managed. He enjoys playing golf, spectator sports and reading. Ron Schrock has been superintendent for the company for over 20 years and visits each project on a daily basis to ensure things are progressing as expected and to expedite the project in any way necessary. Ron and his wife Patty are kept busy evenings and on the weekends enjoying their riding horses. Wanda Goneau is our administrative assistant, in charge of all of the office duties. She will be the pleasant voice answering the phone when you callus as well. Wanda is devoted to her four grandchildren and loves attending their many activities. Now that you know a little bit about us, we would love to get to know you!