You may have come across a house that is missing handrails from the stairs either on the interior or exterior. Frequently, handrails are usually found missing from porches and decks. Are handrails considered necessary for every set of stairs?
According to the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), interior or exterior staircases with 3 or more risers must have a handrail on at least one side. Handrails should not exceed a height of 38 inches or below 34 inches. Handrails should not project further than 4.5 inches on either side of the stairway.
It is important that the handrail is continuous through the entire flight. A handrail that consists of 2 or more pieces presents a risk that the handrail will fail causing damages or injuries. Remember to check your handrails regularly for any signs of defects such as looseness, rust, or rot. Be sure to also inspect the spindles for any defects. If you are unsure of how to manage the repairs, be sure to contact a professional.
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Thanks for the clarification that stairs need railing if there are three or more steps. I just checked my front porch and sure enough, there are five steps going up to it. I'll have to contact a professional to install some railing for it.
10/29/2021 10:31:25 pm
I like how you mentioned that it is important to remember to check your handrails regularly for any signs of defects. My uncle mentioned to me last night that he is planning to replace their current hand railings due to rust and old age and replace them with aluminum hand railings due to their durability and asked me if I have any idea what is the best option to consider. Thanks to this informative article and I'll be sure to tell him that they can consult custom hand railings services as they can answer all his inquiries and will provide his desired hand railings.
1/5/2022 02:01:55 am
Thanks for pointing out that we should check our handrails regularly for any signs of defects such as looseness or rust. This is helpful because my husband and I want to improve our patio before our parents come to visit in March. We are hoping to find a reliable company where we can buy quality outdoor step handrails at an affordable rate.
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Thank you for emphasizing how crucial it is that the handrail remains in place throughout the entire flight. My sister is renovating the space where her shop is located. She intends to construct a handrail on the staircase to prevent accidents. I'll track down the interior hand railing specialist to assist my sister with the stairs at her shop.
1/11/2023 11:22:17 am
Thank you for sharing such an insightful article. Hope to read more content just like this in the future.
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