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Decking Balustrade Parts

Discover our decking balustrade range and accessories for your project. All our timber is responsibly sourced and of the highest quality, so your decking balustrade wood will last the test of time.

Take a look below, or get in touch with our team for advice or to ask about decking balustrade fitting.

What is a Decking Balustrade?

A decking balustrade is made up of a handrail, baserail and baluster or spindle, and helps prevent people from falling or slipping off the edge of your deck. You’ll also need posts, with other components including decorative panels or caps.

Decking can become slippery in wet or icy weather, so the handrail is perfect for stability and a little extra help. We would recommend a balustrade for decks of all heights, as even low level decking can still present a trip hazard. For raised decking, a balustrade is essential to reduce the risk of falls or accidents.

As well as enhancing safety, decking balustrade can also add style and a new design feature to your garden. Our decking balustrade spindles are the perfect complement to your deck and surrounding outdoor area.

Decking Balustrade Types

There are several types of decking balustrade types to consider when planning your design. Choosing the right type for you depends on your deck type as well as your desired style.

To complement your wooden decking, Richard Burbidge specialises in high-quality pine wood balustrade parts, which are built to last and offer timeless style and sturdy construction. Our timber is responsibly sourced and extensively strength tested.

At Richard Burbidge all our softwood decking timber is treated with Osmose Naturewood, which is a copper-based preservative which protects against fungus. After sun exposure, treated wood will weather from a greenish appearance to a natural brown shade.

Our balustrade systems are constructed of the highest quality timber, and comes in a variety of styles to complement and inspire your garden design. With a variety of panels, caps, spindles and railings to choose from, you’ll find your ideal balustrade system in our collection.

For a timeless look opt for the spindles, rails and caps in our Traditional collection - these products are perfect for older houses and cottages. Then there’s the Classic options, which combine traditional design with contemporary style. For newer homes or those who want something a little more modern, our Contemporary collection is perfect - comprising glass panels that offer the perfect view of your garden.

If you’re not sure where to begin with choosing the right balustrade for you, our experienced specialists can help.

How to fit a Decking Balustrade

Step 1 - Planning and design

The first and most important step to fitting a balustrade is measuring and planning correctly. This will limit any wastage and make sure everything fits perfectly with your design. Our experts are available to help with initial planning, design and advice on how to fit decking balustrade parts correctly if you’re not sure how to get started.

When you’re planning your balustrade design, make sure the decking spindles aren’t too far apart.To be compliant with UK regulations, a 99mm sphere shouldn’t be able to pass between your spindles/balusters.

Step 2 - Prepare your decking and spindles

Our high-quality pine decking balustrade spindles have been fully tested for compliance with UK Building Regulations and will provide many years’ durability. However, we still recommend treating any exterior wood products with a good quality preservative to extend its life.

Make sure that the spindles are evenly spaced (no more than 99mm apart!) - use a measured spacer (offcuts of wood trimmed to size work well) to make sure everything is exact.

Step 3 - Installing your decking balustrade

Our decking balustrade bolt and spanner kit makes fitting your spindles and rails easy. We also have specialist kits of decking twist brackets which we recommend for all our timber balustrade ranges; these allow the handrail to be seamlessly jointed to the newel post, without the need for traditional woodwork joints.

Wear protective gloves when working with wood, and use goggles for any drilling or sawing.

Step 4 - Looking after your decking and balustrade

After installation it’s important to make sure all fixings and parts are firmly secured and completely attached. Next, we recommend coating your balustrade (and decking if necessary) with specialist decking stain for an extra layer of protection.

To keep your hardwood balustrade in the best condition, make sure the surface is completely dry and then apply a decking oil, semi-transparent stain or a proprietary clear water repellent treatment. We recommend testing the treatment on an offcut piece or a hidden surface first, and reapplying treatments at least once a year. For metal and other non-wood balustrade elements, use a soft cloth and a mild soap or detergent for cleaning. Avoid any scouring pads or abrasive cleaners which might damage the outer coating.

Why choose Richard Burbidge?

We’ve been specialists in timber products for over 150 years. Our team of experts have years of experience in design, planning and fitting, and can provide advice across our entire range, from staircases and indoor mouldings to decking and balustrade parts. We have an extensive set of environmental accreditations, including being members of the Timber Trade Federation and sourcing the a large selection of our timber from certified sources. We take sustainability and quality extremely seriously - you can trust that when you buy from us you’ll receive only the best quality timber.

We pride ourselves on our renowned customer service, which begins when you first start planning your project and extends far beyond completing it. From visualising your decking balustrade through to planning and building it, our team will be on hand to help every step of the way.

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