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A Guide To Face-Mount Deck Balusters: The Easy DIY Railing Upgrade

Face-Mount Deck Balusters

From completing your brand new deck build or giving a tired, worn-down deck railing a much-needed makeover; choosing to install face mount deck balusters is a straightforward and stylish choice to make for your outdoor living space.

Whether selecting a standard straight metal face mount deck baluster or a more decorative bowed picket or basket face mount spindle, this is the most convenient deck railing infill that DIY deck builders and homeowners can add to their deck, porch, or patio.

Great for big decks and small porches alike, face-mount deck balusters can increase the overall appearance of an outdoor living space

What are Face-Mount Deck Balusters?

Face mount balusters, also referred to as face-mount spindles or face-mount pickets, are vertical pieces of railing that complete the space between deck or stair posts. The term "face-mount" means that these structures are attached to the inside or outside face of a rail rather than between the top and bottom rail.

Here is an example of a between rails baluster install versus a face-mount baluster install

Face mount balusters are offered in a wide array of styles, sizes, and materials to complete your home's outdoor aesthetic easily. Top brands such as Fortress, Deckorators, and Dekor are creating beautiful and eye-catching spindle designs to deliver looks on any deck!

Why Use Face-Mount Deck Balusters?

It's recommended to use face-mount deck balusters when renovating an old deck railing one doesn't need to disassemble the whole rail section to install the new pieces. Keep top and bottom rails in place, measure the spacing for your railing section, and mount with included installation screws.

Beyond the straightforward installation process, face mount balusters are a wonderful deck railing infill choice as they tend to deliver a cleaner, more polished look once completed. Additionally, the decorative arched and bowed balusters create the illusion of a larger deck space visually.

Polish off a DIY pergola build or porch railing with stunning face-mount balusters

How to Install Face-Mount Deck Balusters

Read the different baluster installation methods right in the DecksDirect Baluster Guide or watch this easy and helpful video on how to install face-mount deck balusters on your outdoor living space in just an afternoon!

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