06:23AM | 05/14/03
Member Since: 05/13/03
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My wife loves the look of the neighbor's balustrade around their patio. So much so, that she would like to put add one to the deck we are planning. I found a company called Fypon that makes a lightweight balustrade system.

Unfortunately, when I checked the prices at the local lumberyard the balustrade could easily equal the price of our entire deck! Does anyone have any lower cost alternatives?

Thank you,

Glenn L.


06:30PM | 05/18/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
over a lifetime, a Fypon Railing system can easily be less expensive than many alternatives, because you won't be repacing and repairing it every ten years or so due to rotting wood.

I work on high end custom jobs and sometimes use Red cedar to mill my own. It runs about the same cost installed but has a higher painting cost after the carpentry is done.


07:34PM | 05/20/03
Member Since: 05/13/03
3 lifetime posts
Thanks for the info!

One other company that had some lower priced neoprene balustrade systems was

Glenn L


09:11PM | 05/20/03
Member Since: 05/13/03
3 lifetime posts
Sorry, I just realized that should be

Glenn L.


04:11PM | 08/18/04
Member Since: 08/17/04
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Keep in mind that synthetic products like Fypon and Style Solutions will outlive any wood product.

Fypon has a balastrade installation video on their new website that might give you some idea of what it's like to handle the product.

You can buy at a lumber yard but you might also want to look online. I ran a search on and found a website called They are running a 30% off sale right now on all Fypon products with a flat $29.95 shipping rate.

Good luck!


11:14PM | 08/18/04
Member Since: 12/27/02
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You could cut the baluster profile out of flat stock, similar to victorian verandas, for a real low cost solution? :)

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