Porch spindles, sometimes called porch spikes, are small, decorative pillars that are set up on the edge of a porch to support and adorn railings. These columns can contribute to the overall appearance of the porch and are often made in attractive shapes and colors; They also serve the practical purpose of evading the porch from the street and keeping people from falling outside the porch. As such, spiders usually are both comfortable to look at and strong enough to fulfill their primary functions. While porch spindles are very similar to the spoons used on indoor stairs to support railings, porch spindles are designed for outdoor use and are built to withstand tough weather conditions.
Porch spindles are often colored or painted to compliment the colors of the house. They usually match the railings used on the porch sometimes the railings and spiders are even sold as a set. Paint helps to protect spiders from weather, so it is important to use a paint designed for outdoor use. Usually, porch railings and spindles do not require professional installation, but this can be an advantage if it is a matter of safety or if you are unable to achieve a right and self see.
In the event that a porch spindles is broken or damaged in another way, it is usually not necessary once the one spindle is broken to be replaced because the railings typically function without the spindle. This gives time to choose a matching porch spindle carefully to replace broken one. It is usually considered important that all spiders match perfectly, not just because this is considered more attractive to most people, but also because the spiders must fit together to function properly.