D.D. of Nicholasville, KY writes: “We completed our front porch balustrade project, and it is beautiful. Perfectly restored!  Excellent product and customer service. We got the composite rails and spindles to complete our porch restoration. We were very impressed with the quality of the rails and spindles! It turned out beautifully.  The customer service was great too. I highly recommend American Porch!!!  I would definitely order from them again.”

This stunning home showcases our 5 1/2″ Front Porch Balustrade Railing.  If you’re looking to recreate this look for your project, consider the following products used on this home:

3 1/2″ Classic Synthetic Porch Spindles

5 1/2″ Synthetic Porch Railing

9″ Raised Panel Synthetic Porch Newel Post

7″ Synthetic Ball Top Finials

This Kentucky front porch balustrade was done in our high density polyurethane material.  This is sometimes the best choice when the balustrade is fully exposed to the weather, as is the case with the upper level on this covered porch.  It will be forever exposed directly to everything Mother Nature has to throw at it.  For more information on your porch balustrade material options, check out our Materials page.  Concerned about installing your new front porch balustrade?  We’ve got you covered.  You’ll find tons of information on our installation pages.  And if you’re still having trouble, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk it out.



Front porch railing replacement sounds overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.  It’s all we do!  We have helped thousands of professionals and homeowners all over North America replace their porch railings with beautiful results.  Let’s take a look at one example here:

This Spokane, WA home was built around 1915 (see original photo).  The original turned balusters were 100+ years old and in need of replacement.  The owner wanted them replaced with a synthetic alternative without losing the original style and look.  Plus, the historic commission was rather particular about what they used.  We reproduced the original balusters in Polyurethane, which very closely mimics wood.  In this way, the home was brought back to its former glory without losing the authentic look and feel.

The custom reproduction balusters used in this project measure 3 1/4 x 16″.  They decided to use our standard 4 1/2″ Polyurethane Railing because it’s authentic style worked for the original look they were trying to achieve.  They also used our 12 3/4″ Smooth Poly Newel Posts and cut them down to 24″ high.

The homeowner writes “Thanks for being there for us”.  When you’re ready for your front porch railing replacement project, we’re here to help.  We’ll walk you through the steps from choosing the products, nailing down the costs, what to expect, and how to install.


Many homeowners face the difficult decision to go with beautiful and authentic wood, or the low maintenance of synthetic railings.  Our synthetic porch spindles and railings mean you can have both beauty and authenticity, and at the same time install a low maintenance balustrade.  This southern front porch project used the 3 1/2 x 26″ Classic Spindle and 5 1/2″ Synthetic Porch Railing.

M.M. of Corinth, MS writes of this porch remodel project “Everything turned out great!  The rails and spindles were perfect.  The home owner are very pleased.  Thanks so much helping me out in the ordering process.  Thanks again.”

Many southern front porch owners are concerned about wood railings that can have a shorter lifespan in areas with plenty of heat and humidity.  Our high density polyurethane products have the crisp clean lines of authentic milled wood, and also have a similar same weight and density to woods such as pine or cedar.  And yet our synthetic rail will last much longer and need less maintenance, especially in more warm and humid climates.

On covered porches such as this one in Mississippi, a wood balustrade (rails and balusters) is often protected enough from the weather to last a long time.  Sometimes this depends on which direction or directions the porch faces.  Often times one side of the house will have more exposure to the sun or rain than the other.  Or one side will be so shaded that it never really dries out, making mold rot a concern.  If any of these of concern for your southern front porch, you might consider using our polyurethane rail system.


Front stoop railings for a series of Washington, DC row houses.  It’s not every day we see our exterior wood railings painted a charcoal black color!  This makes for a very cool look – almost looks like wrought iron but on a massive scale.  It matches the row house architecture beautifully.  Note that the railings, turned balusters, and newel posts are all made of clear cedar wood.  The balltop finials on the newel post caps are made of polyurethane, which mimics wood and works better for a balltop.  These Raised Panel Newel Posts are 8″ wide, and they go very well with these 6″ Polyurethane Balltop Finials.  It makes for a very balanced, architecturally appropriate look.  As a rule-of-thumb, you’ll want to choose a balltop “a size” or so down from the newel post shaft width.

For this front stoop railings remodel, the architect and builder chose our 6″ 3-piece Porch Rail System, and the best-selling 3 1/2″ Classic Turned Porch Baluster.  This system balances well with the 8″ Raised Panel Newel Post and 6″ Polyurethane Balltop Finials.  Because of the particulars of this setup, they had us custom-make the balusters an inch longer than the standard 26″.  This is no problem, as most of our products are made-to-order.  Unlike companies like Fypon, which have outsourced production of architectural balustrades to China and elsewhere, we can quickly produce and ship exactly what you need.  And it arrives at the jobsite right when you need it.

G.M. of Statesville NC writes “Almost done with the project.  I continued be impressed by the balusters, very nice.  I primed (2 coats) and 2 finish coats all pieces (lots of painting – LOL).  Again, thanks for a great product!”

After decades of building dream homes for others, it was finally time for this New Mexico builder to go to work on their personal home.  He worked with the architect to design this project and specified hardwood porch railing from American Porch, LLC.  We used Mahogany for the railing and turned balusters on the porch and gazebo.  The result is a true work of art:

Note that he is still working on some of the railings.  We have since shipped the railing to replace the cheesy iron railing on the second story.  More pictures to come when it’s finished (I hope!).

Mahogany is an excellent choice for those wanting a hardwood porch railing. It machines to a smoother finish than a softwood, and of course is stronger, denser, and harder.  This means it will hold up to abuse better than most other materials. As you can see from this gallery it is an exceptionally beautiful wood that can be both painted and stained with great success. Most pieces are a dark reddish-brown color. And it’s highly rated for natural rot resistance, making it a good choice for exterior as well as for interior applications.

This hardwood porch railing project features our popular 3 1/2″ Victorian Porch Balusters and the 6″ class 4-piece Porch Rail System, all in exterior use Mahogany hardwood.  The turned balusters can be ordered directly from our website in clear Cedar or Mahogany.  The railing was custom curved and made in Mahogany, ordered directly from our shop.

M.M. of Saratoga, CA writes of their replacement Curved Polyurethane Balcony Railing: “Everything came in good condition, and we completed the work earlier today. It looks really nice. Better, I believe, than the original balcony.  We were very pleased with the precision of the work — there was no room for error in the measurements. You guys nailed it.  Looking forward to spending some time back on the balcony this summer.”

This restoration specialist went the extra mile to find our products for his customer.  This is because he believed there are better railings and balusters out there than what you find off-the-shelf at the regular home supply centers.  He chose to use our 7 1/4″ Polyurethane Railing, which go well with the 5 1/4″ Polyurethane Balusters for his curved polyurethane balcony railing.

Confused about how to order your own curved railing?  It’s easier than you think.  Start with THIS ARTICLE on how to measure for curved rail.  Send us the measurements, and your preferences for size of rail.  For example, our 5 1/2″ Polyurethane Balustrade or 7 1/4″ Polyurethane Balustrade.   Our porch railing experts will do the math for you, and get you a quote.

Orders of curved rail take us a few weeks to produce, so don’t wait until the last minute to get your order started.

Florida porch railings for a remodeling project in Dunedin, FL.  Nothing makes such a large impact on the “curb appeal” of a home as a beautiful porch rail.  Or as the realtor for this home said, “The railings make it!”.

Although our standard Classic spindle didn’t match the original exactly, this customer decided they like it better.  For these Florida porch railings, they used the 2 1/2 x 26″ Classic Porch Spindle and our 6″ class 4-piece Porch Rail System.  To help prevent rot down the road, they wisely chose the Sloped Bottom Rail, and had us notch the bottom of the spindles to fit.  Because they wanted a simple and elegant newel post that does not overpower the other porch elements, they chose the 6″ smooth square newel post in Cedar.  And like many  customers, they chose to have us prime their products here in our shop so they could start the installation of their balustrade right away.

The owners of this Pennsylvania farm are true stewards of the land and property.  They obviously take pride in their home, and in taking care of what they have.  The porch has been restored using the 5 1/2″ Polyurethane Balustrade System, including the use of 3 1/2″ Classic Polyurethane Porch Balusters.  Why polyurethane railing?  You might expect traditional wood spindles and railing to be used on an historic home such as this.  And you certainly would not want the feel of this authentic porch to be ruined by PVC or Vinyl railings and balusters.

Polyurethane porch railing from Western Spindle is an additional option that offers the authentic look and feel of cedar millwork.  It is a molded product that has clean crisp detail like you find on our Cedar Spindles, and has a warm feel and sound much like Cedar.  Traditional polyurethane porch railing makes in an excellent choice for those wanting to get away from exterior wood porch railing while still maintaining the traditional beauty of their home.

E.M. of McDonald, PA writes of their new traditional polyurethane porch railing “Attached are photos of my porch that you requested.  We all are very pleased with it.  More winter weather! Of course you may use any of my photos if you like.  Please send me a copy of any that you might use.”

Thanks!  We at Western Spindle hope you get many, many years of use and enjoyment from your low maintenance traditional polyurethane porch railing.

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