Wood Porch Balustrade Specifications

To download the Wood Balustrades 3 part Specifications in Word (.doc) format for easy inclusion in your plans, click American Porch Wood Balustrade Specifications (.doc)

The 3 part spec for our wood balustrades is also listed below:


Wood Railing System (Balustrades)
SECTION 06 43 16

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Manufacturers Website: https://www.americanporch.com

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  • Edit the following paragraphs to include only those items specified in this section.
    1. Section Includes:

1.       Wood balustrade railing system

2.       Components and accessories

  • Coordinate the following paragraphs with Sections specified in the project manual.
      1. [Section 03 30 00 – Cast in Place Concrete]
      2. [Section 06 10 00 – Rough Carpentry]
      3. [Section 06 15 00 – Wood Patio Decking]
      4. [Section 06 20 00 – Finished Carpentry]
      5. [Section 06 53 00 – Plastic Decking]
      6. [Section 09 91 00 – Painting]

Action submittals require responsive action by the Architect.  The below submittals are recommended.  Add, update or delete as required for project.

  1. Product Data: Technical data, physical properties and installation instructions for each component.
  2. Color Charts: Exterior grade, commercial paint coloring data.
  3. Warranty: Installers written warranty certificate or statement.


  1. Installer: Manufacturers approved installer certificate and installers experience statement.
    1. Manufacturer Qualifications:
      1. Minimum of 5-years documented experience producing specified materials.
      2. Fabricates structural polyurethane balustrades and railing systems.
    2. Installer Qualifications:
      1. Minimum 5-years documented installation experience of specified materials.
      2. Manufacturer approved installer.
    3. Single Source Responsibility:
      1. Materials from a single manufacturer for each component and warranty.


Meeting is recommended to review work and requirements

  1. Pre-Installation Conference: Convene on site and to review the following:
  2. Areas of installation.
  3. Framing and rough carpentry.
  4. Connections to adjacent surfaces.
  5. Structural requirements and anchoring locations.
  6. Review mock-up for approval.


Meeting is recommended to sizing, color, sheen and materials.

  1. Mock-Up:
  2. Full-size mock up erected at site, to verify color, workmanship and installation details.
  3. Complete assembly, color, sheen and model extending a minimum of 5-feet.
  4. Must be approved, prior to proceeding with installation of materials.
  5. Immediately remove non-conforming work and re-install mockup at the direction of Architect.
  6. Approved materials may remains as part of finished installation when approved by Architect.
  • FIELD CONDITIONS Temperature and humidity requirements are based on paint finish application.
    1. Temperatures above 50°F and humidity less than 50% relative humidity.
    1. Deliver, store and handle materials following manufacturer instructions.
    2. Immediately notify manufacturer of damaged or defective materials for replacement.
    3. Store materials are above grade and protected from sun, water, snow and damage prior to installation.
  1. Installer to warrant installation for a period of 5-years for defects.  Repair or replace materials during warranty period at no cost to Owner.


  • This Section has been developed based on the below manufacturer. Adding additional manufacturers will require updating text and specification assistance. Contact Western Spindle.
    1. Basis of Design: Western Spindle, LLC. 310 6th Street, Townsend, MT Toll Free: (888) 459-9965 westernspindle.com; email: [email protected]


  • Edit the following if substitutions will be permitting.
    1. Substitutions: Not permitted. [Approved Alternate]
    1. Balustrade System: [Western cedar] [Mahogany], non-veneer based railing system.

Manufacturer requires system to be painted to maintain weather resistance.

  1. Color: [Primed] [Unprimed] surface to be finished with exterior grade paint as selected by Architect.
  2. Top Rail:

Visit manufacturers website for selecting top and bottom railing styles. https://www.americanporch.com/product-category/railing-wood/

  1.          Size: [4 inch] [6 inch]
  2. Piece: [2 piece] [3 piece] [4 piece]
  3. Width: [3-1/4 inch] [5 inch]
  4. Top of Rail Height: [36 inch] [42 inch] [Add custom height]
  5. Lengths: Maintain structural requirements, avoiding partial cuts and seams.
  6. Subrail:
  7. Size: [2-1/2 inch]  [3-1/2 inch]
  8. Height: 1-3/8 inch

Visit manufacturers website for Spindle styling at https://www.americanporch.com/product-category/balusters-spindles-wood/

  1. Spindle:
  2. Style: [Revival] [Victorian] [Tuscan] [Colonial] [Classic] [Curved Sawn Baluster]
  3. Length: [20 inches] [26 inches] [32 inches]
  4. Width Size: [1-5/8 inch] [2-1/2 inch] [3-1/2 inches] [Add custom sizing] [Curved Sawn Baluster Standard]
  5. Bottom Rail:
  6. Style: Sloped bottom
  7. Lengths: Maintain structural requirements, avoiding partial cuts and seams.
  8. Width Size: [3-3/8 inches] [5-3/8 inches]
  9. Height:  1-3/8 inches

Delete Skirt the below skirt option when a 4 piece is not being specified.

  1. Skirt: Installed with manufacturers 4 piece system
  2. Size: 2-1/2 x 3-1/4 inches

Visit manufacturers wood newel post options: https://www.americanporch.com/product-category/newel-posts-wood/

  1. Newel Posts: For anchoring railing system
  2. Style: [Revival] [Victorian] [Tuscan] [Colonial] [Classic]
  3. Width:  Nominal [4 inch] [6 inch] [8 inch] [12 inch]

Wood post cap available in flat top only: https://www.americanporch.com/product-category/newel-posts-wood/

  1. Cedar Post Cap:
  2. Style: Flat
  3. Size: Match newel post sizing.

Top Finial options available at https://www.americanporch.com/product-category/newel-posts-wood/

  1. Top Finial:
  2. Ball Top: [2-7/8 inch] [3-1/2inch] [5 inch] [7 inch] [8 inch] [9 inch] [10 inch] [12 inch]
  3. Decorative:
  4. Style:  [add manufacturers style number based on catalog]
  5. Size:     [add height]
  6. Base Diameter: [add base size]
    1. Rail Install kit: Manufacturers standard hardware kit for fastening railings to a newel, column or wall.
      1. Brackets
      2. Screws


Select the floor surface for fastening newel post.

  1. Newel Installation kit: Top-down fastening of newel posts, no visible hardware.
  2. Installation Surface: [Wood Deck] [Concrete]
  3. Paint: Primed and finished with exterior grade, commercial paint color as selected by Architect.


  1. Fit, shape, and assemble components in largest practical sizes, joining components with tightly fitted and secured joints.
  2. Rails to be installed without splices, and joints to avoid partial cuts.
  3. Provide components required for anchoring, fastening and maintaining structural requirements.
      1. Examine materials, installation surfaces, and review manufacturers instructions on site.
      2. Verify mock-up and paint coloring has been approved by Architect.
      3. Verify substrates and adjacent surfaces are level and plumb for installation.
        1. Do not begin work until construction has progressed to allow installation of materials.
      4. Installation deems acceptance of work for a warranted installation.
  1. Install according to manufacturers written instructions.


  1. Remove contaminates from surfaces and apply paint within 30 days of installation.
  2. Verify Architects approved material and color prior to application.


  1. Protect surface, corners and components from damage prior to Owner occupancy using temporary protection.


  • Illustrations
  • Basic diagram of how a balustrade (railing) system components interconnect. Contact Western Spindle (888) 459-9965 for additional information or assistance. Email: [email protected]