It is essential to install handrails to prevent dangerous falls when ascending or descending staircases. In addition, a staircase railing serves as a support for people crossing ramps, stairs, and sloped surfaces. Looking to install a staircase handrail? Head over to ArchiPro and choose between different types of staircase rails that not only provide an excellent grip but are aesthetically pleasing as well.
Security is a vital factor in maximising the serviceability of stairs, lifts, and access points. The key to successful building design is predicting and preventing accidents, slips falls, as well as any other kind of similar inconveniences.
Staircase railing and various grab rails help the user remain safe on its feet in case of a sudden loss of balance. These elements are fixed to walls or balustrades at a height easy to reach quickly.
Integrated handrails rest on top of the balustrade spindles, often supported by a base rail. The balustrade is typically supported by a newel post. Certain staircase contours with plenty of twists and turns may also require additional fixings.
Glass balustrades typically feature glass grooved handrails with panels of glass inserted into dedicated slots. The panels are commonly secured with a clear fix adhesive.
Wall mounting requires handrail brackets for enhanced security. A wall patrice can also be included and screwed to the wall prior to the bracket.
A filler (also called spacer or Infill) is often included as a visual enhancer. Cut to adequate size, it’s placed between each spindle to mimic the appearance of a solid handrail.
Handrails categorisation identifies two basic types, based on the installation method: wall-mounted and integrated.
Typically, wall-mounted handrails are not directly connected to the balustrade. However, they can still be used as staircase railing - either alongside a balustrade as a primary/supportive rail, or as an alternative to a balustrade in confined staircases. Two prevalent styles of wall-mounted handrails are the so-called mopstick and pig’s ear.
Integrated handrails are a part of the balustrade system, running on top of the fence. They are available in grooved or ungrooved designs.
While traditional wall-mounted handrails are generally made from wood, modern trends have brought increasing demand for sleek metal designs.
Many decorative wooden railings include a pinch grip. It provides effective visual guidance and convenient assistance for minor tasks; however, it cannot secure enough grip strength to counter a fall.
Cylindrical railings, wider in diameter, provide a power grip up to five times tougher than a pinch grip. The profile that supports proper finger flexing is required in all applications that require a safety railing.
A handrail should be installed at least 900mm above the thread, parallel to the pitch line of the staircase.
Handrail kits are convenient sets containing everything needed for DIY installation at home. Apart from a handrail, they also include connectors and/or brackets and screws.
Cost-effectiveness can determine the type of railing considered for installation. On average, wood and aluminium are more affordable than stainless steel and wrought iron. However, the style and aesthetic appeal of the railing often plays an equally important role in making the right choice.
Regular maintenance can be challenging. Metal railing typically requires less maintenance than genuine timber handrails.
Aluminium and stainless steel railing is the best option for those looking for durability.
Building codes enforced by the local authorities are essential to check before making any final selection. Height is the most important factor, but the grip diameter and even the range of suitable materials can also be subjects of strict regulations.
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