Your home likely represents the largest and most important investment you’ll make during the course of your life, which is why it’s in your best interests to prudently and carefully reinvest as much money as possible back into your property each year.
But if you happen to be working with a tight budget and limited resources, it might be difficult to ascertain a worthwhile home improvement option, especially if you don’t have thousands of dollars available for expensive contractors.
However, it’s important to note that you can reinforce your home’s resale value up to 5% simply by installing contemporary fixtures around the property. Some of the simplest and most popular DIY options are shown below:
- Glass bathroom shower coverings
- Staircase and balcony balustrades
- Glass kitchen backsplashes
- Pool fencing
- Patio railings
- Porch barriers
- Wire balustrades
So if you’re interested in building your very own porch balustrades, for instance, feel free to use this brief article as a step-by-step guide to help you get started.
Step One – Source Your Materials
First things first, you’ll want to establish an account with a reputable online wholesaler of stainless steel home improvement provisions and purchase the following items:
- Stainless steel joint posts, corner posts, and end posts
- A sturdy stainless steel wire rope or glass panels (depending on the type of balustrade you wish to build)
- Glass clamps or wire saddles
- Galvanised screws for the attachment provisions
- Glass balustrade kit or wire balustrade system
Stainless steel features corrosion resistance, long-term value, and a desirable aesthetic, which makes it the ideal DIY material for your balustrade project.
Step Two – Prepare Your Porch and Workspace
Next, you’ll want to organise the area and clear your porch of any older posts or existing edifices. Instructions on how to do so can be found below:
- Cut through the existing handrails and bottom rails, and use a hammer to knock it off of the porch completely.
- Remove any remaining nails, screws, and trim.
- Patch up any resulting holes or openings.
- Prise off any existing trim from the ends of your trusses so you can see the framing joists.
- If your deck features thin wood in the areas where you wish to attach your new stainless steel joint posts, simply reinforce the area with a wooden block underneath the porch. You can use some of your longer galvanised screws to secure the block in place.
Step Three – Measure and Install
Finally, you’ll want to measure the length of your deck and establish a proportional plan prior to installing your new stainless steel balustrades. Instructions can be found below:
- Ascertain the width of your glass panels or wire rope implements and mark the corresponding distance around the edge of your porch – you’ll have to be more careful if you happen to be using glass panels, as they require additional room for the clamps.
- Pre-drill holes into your markings, paying close attention to the number of screws required for your stainless steel posts.
- Attach two of your stainless steel posts to the deck with a ratchet and tighten them until sturdy.
- Check to ensure that your distance is correct. Can the glass panel slide in easily? Can the wire rope comfortably reach each saddle?
- Screw in the rest of your posts one-by-one, and check your distances after each post.
- Install a wire rope saddle or glass clamp onto the edge of your home or wooden staircase to complete your balustrade arrangement.
- Ensure that all of your panels or ropes are properly attached, and then install the post base covers.