There is very little that will change the entire appearance and feeling of a house the way that a wooden balustrade will. It all has to do with ‘curb appeal’ – a realtor term for the first impression that a property makes when someone pulls up to the curb. A wooden balustrade can lend a touch of Old World class and elegance to a home, increasing its curb appeal by leaps and bounds.
A wooden balustrade can be used to frame a front porch or patio, or along the edges of a parapet. It can be purely decorative, or a safety feature. Adding a front porch with a classic wooden balustrade can entirely change the appearance of your house – and add considerable value – both intrinsic and monetary.
Replacing an old cast iron or wooden banister with a beautiful new balustrade system is easy enough to be a do-it-yourself job if you have even minimal handyman’s skills.
When you use preassembled wooden balustrade panels with railings and posts already put together, installation is just a matter of setting the posts and fitting the balustrade panels into them. You can have a sweeping, elegant look fit for a plantation house or a chic country home for no more than the work it takes to install a fence.
Periodically (late spring and late fall) inspect and clean the surfaces of your wooden balustrade:
- Replace any worn or dried caulking.
- Clean with water and mild soap, being sure not to leave the cleaning solution on the wood surface for more than 10 minutes.
- Rinse the surface of your wooden balustrade with clear water.
- Dry with a soft chamois to remove streaks from the surface and finish of your wooden balustrade.
- Use 50/50 mixture of bleach and water to remove mold, mildew and vegetation growth from the surface of the wooden balustrade.