Should you be investing in a stair with balusters in a contrasting material, such as painted balusters on an oak stair, questions will more than likely arise with regards to the finishing of the stair. “Should my painter finish the balusters separately from the stair, then have the balusters fitted when the stair is completed?
Here are a few things to consider with Cable Railing: Your painter will usually choose painting the balusters before installation. This enables them to be sprayed rather than brushed and eliminates plenty of “cut-in” work.
Painting balusters separately does mean the stair installers will need to revisit the site, remove the railings and install the balusters. You will see charge for this particular “second trip” towards the jobsite. You will need to remember to schedule this “second trip” in coordination with the finishing of the finish.
Leaving your balusters out for painting means that they will probably be lost or stolen during this time. You will be in charge of balusters left on the jobsite. After the painted balusters are finally installed, you will see additional “touch-up finishing required at the rail joints. Holes will need to be filled and stain and complete re-applied for the final finish.
Plan installing of your hardwood stair for after your drywall has been taped, sanded, and primed. The drywall process can damage the stair. Drywall mud and paint overspray can make the stair finishing process very difficult and might make desired results impossible to attain.
Most hardwoods are a wide open grain wood and when dirt gets embedded in open grain it is extremely challenging to remove, despite sanding. This will have a negative effect on the appearance and texture in the finish. Care also must be used to protect the stair from dirt and mud.
Never Cover Hardwood Stairs With Plastic. Plastic will not allow airflow, trapping moisture underneath and creating the wood to expand and contract. This expansion and contraction causes the wood joints to open up up and could make the wood to break into.
The environmental conditions indoors are essential to the standard of the stair. Hardwood lumber has been dried via a very controlled process to an industry standard moisture content of 6 – 8%. This matches the moisture content vcbxbf the typical home and allows the wood to remain stable under normal conditions.
In cold climates, whenever a home is heated to a high temperature during winter, the environment can become very dry, resulting in the wood to shrink. This shrinkage can make cracks visible in the wood and joints may begin to open up. Subjecting a stair to high degrees of heat is like putting it inside an oven and definately will accelerate the deterioration from the stair.
All hardwoods should be sealed on every side to retard movement and protect from contact with elements and damage. It is recommended to seal wood immediately.