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The intricate finishing touch enclosing countless column-filled porches - and just as many as many column-less balconies and staircases - balustrades are as elegantly architectural as they are practical.

Download Balustrade Basics to learn more about balustrades and how the balusters themselves can define the character and compliment the architecture of a building.

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Timberlane, Inc.

Manufacturer of custom exterior shutters: more than 40 historically accurate, customizable styles; available in premium woods & our own maintenance-free Endurian, along with the large selection of period shutter hardware and garage doors.

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