Baluster Connectors

Baluster connectors are used to connect aluminum balusters or pickets to the horizontal rail and sub-rail members, or when used on stairs, the angled rail and sub-rail members. Unlike balusters, they are typically made of a non conductive plastic or nylon. This choice of material is unimportant when used with metal, vinyl or composite rails. However it is crucial when used with treated wood rails, because it isolates the aluminum baluster from the wood, which because of the chemicals and compounds used in the treatment process, would cause the aluminum balusters to corrode.

Before baluster connectors became available, deck builders drilled holes in the rails to attach the balusters. Because these holes also collected water, this method of attaching balusters could result in premature damage, decay or failure of the wood rails. Baluster connectors come in a variety of colors and shapes to accommodate level or stair rails. They are available for round or square balusters and are attached using the included screws.

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