Many businesses choose to add wood handrails to their commercial spaces, whether for a decorative look that fits with a space, or to provide functionality, for instance, with ADA compliance for access by the disabled. Wood handrails can add a lot of class to an indoor or outdoor space and enhance convenience for visitors. But when it's time to install, there will be some important choices to make. Knowing about some common key terms for wooden handrails can help in these situations.
Wood stain products are chemical compounds applied to wood such as handrails, to make it look better and to protect the wood. Stains make wooden pieces look darker and bring out specific grain elements to the eye.
Wood primers or sealers
Wood primers are sealers that protect wood from a variety of conditions. They are generally applied to wood products like wood handrails with a brush.
Post caps, sometimes called post accent caps, are objects put on top of the posts of a wood handrail or other wood design to give the installation some class. These can be made of a wide variety of materials from plastic to copper or other heavy metals. For many wood handrail installations, post caps are just what are needed to make a spare design into an impressive modern one.
Spiral or curved railings
One type of wooden handrail is a spiral or curved railing, which can take some additional installation design strategies. When working with a spiral railing or a curve, pieces have to be specifically designed to fit, and that takes time as well as skill in implementation.
Wood detailing refers to adding detail to a design like a wooden handrail. This can be done by adding small pieces or by machining existing pieces.
A baluster is a vertical piece that often goes into wooden handrail assembly for both decorative and functional purposes.