Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mega Series Iron, Is that what you want?

Often we get returns on Mega Series Iron due to a misunderstanding on its use. If you simply want a larger 3/4" baluster then Mega Series Iron is perfect. Large homes, huge staircases, and decks are the perfect place for Mega Series Iron.

However, you do not NEED Mega Series Iron simply because you a replacing your wooden spindles. The common misconception is that because your wooden spindles were 1 1/4" or  1 3/4" you must replace them with the larger Mega Series Iron. This is not necessary, in fact, regular 1/2" - 5/8" balusters work best, as they will fit the existing hole left by the wooden baluster. An Iron Shoe will cover the area left by the baluster and the extra "slop" will be taken up by glue or doubled sided foam tape.

Midwest Stair Parts wants you to be completely satisfied with your purchase, should you have any other question please do no hesitate to call, email, or stop in our showroom located 35 miles southwest of Chicago, Illinois in beautiful Naperville. (Midwest Stair Parts – 31w335 Schoger Drive, Naperville, IL 60564), we have samples on display and a fully stocked warehouse for all your stair parts needs!

Thanks!
MidwestStair Parts
(630) 723-3991
sales@midweststairparts.com

Friday, April 17, 2015

Lite VS. Solid choosing the right baluster



Lite VS. Solid choosing the right baluster

Every week we receive numerous calls asking about the difference between solid and lite balusters. In this case not all balusters are created equal and the baluster you choose could end up costing you more than just money. 

Lite or tubular balusters, as they are sometimes referred to, are hollow and require less resources to manufacture. This does not mean that lite balusters are of poor quality and therefore unsafe to put in your staircase. In fact, all lite balusters that are sold by Midwest Stair Parts meet & exceeded static load requirements by code. Simply put, there is little structural difference between lite and solid balusters.

The benefits of lite over solid are endless. Lite balusters are made with less material than their solid counterparts, making them a greener alternative. Lite balusters weigh less, consume less raw materials and require less power to manufacture. Since they weigh less, they can be shipped at greater volumes, meaning less fuel is consumed, and therefore leaving a smaller footprint on the environment. 

What does this mean for you the consumer? A less expensive baluster, and the knowledge that you are doing a small part to help the environment. Typically a lite balusters is about 25% less expensive than solid. Also your shipping fees will be less because shipping is calculated by weight.

In case you’re still not convinced let’s take into account the amount of labor when using lite versus solid balusters. The balusters you choose will need to be cut in order to fit your staircase. Whether you choose to install these balusters yourself or hire a contractor, the time and labor spent fitting balusters in your staircase is substantially reduced when using lite balusters. Consider how difficult it is to make a clean cut through solid metal. The number of saw blades you will consume, the time it will take to make each cut, and the additional dust created. Lite balusters cut quickly, and produce far less dust because you are cutting significantly less material.

With all the benefits of lite versus solid, manufactures and distributors alike are making the change to stock lite iron, and are slowly phasing out solid. Midwest Stair Parts wants to be a leader in the change to lite wrought iron balusters. We hope the choice between solid and lite will be an easy one. Once your balusters are installed there will be no perceptive difference. Save the planet, save your wallet. Choose lite balusters!

Check out our line of wrought iron balusters here, or stop in our showroom located 35 miles southwest of Chicago, Illinois in beautiful Naperville. (Midwest Stair Parts – 31w335 Schoger Drive, Naperville, IL 60564), we have samples on display and a fully stocked warehouse for all your stair parts needs!

Thanks!
MidwestStair Parts
(630) 723-3991
sales@midweststairparts.com