Porch How-To

This Exterior Balustrade Installation Instructions post is being put up to make it easier to find.  Polyurethane Rail, Newel Posts, and Hardware provided by Western Spindle and used here have been independently tested for strength requirements mandated by the IBC and IRC codes.  It has been found to meet and exceed the requirements.  For Wood […]

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Our Wood Porch Balustrade systems have undergone significant improvement in 2018.  An improved Rail Installation Hardware Kit and a wider baluster capacity for the 4″ System are some of the features.  And, the balustrades have been independently tested as Structural Guardrail.  They have been found to exceed the strength requirements for IBC, IRC, and ASME […]

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Western Spindle Wood Porch Rail Systems passed testing according to ASCE building code guardrail requirements. An independent third party conducted porch balustrade structural testing on our 4″ Porch Rail System and 6″ Porch Rail System, which were installed on the testing fixture with our Rail Installation Kit, Newel Posts, and Newel Installation Kit.  The products […]

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For exterior wood balustrades, we recommend the use of our Sloped Bottom Rail.  This has a 15 degree slope to it, which helps shed water and prevent rot at the base of the spindles.  Most people want their stair rails to match the rest of their railings, and so use the Sloped Bottom Rail on […]

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Is it okay to use pressure treated wood porch spindles for my railing?  Should I use Cedar spindles instead?  And what is the cost difference? There are really only two reasons you would use pressure treated wood for your millwork: low cost and resistance to rot.  And these are good reasons.  But what about cedar, […]

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Should you order your new porch materials pre-primed? At Western Spindle, we do our level best to provide customers with everything they need to complete their porch project. Whether it’s customizing spindles to perfectly recreate an existing porch system, or putting all the required hardware together in a convenient Rail Installation Kit, we strive to […]

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