Porch How-To

What is a Fluted Column? When we refer to a fluted column, we simply mean a column has round indentations running vertically the length of the shaft.  Fluted columns add an element of detail and timeless beauty, and are often paired with ornamental capitals.  Flutes actually were seen even before the Greek architecture it is […]

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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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American Porch Wood Porch Rail Systems passed testing according to ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) 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 […]

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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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