Staircase railing selection is vital for climbing up or coming down safely. It provides both support and security. Railing connects the downstairs living areas with upstairs or creates a feel of continuity. Today, homeowners wish to install a railing that is welcoming and stylish.
Things to consider before buying staircase railing
Different materials and styles are used to design railings for indoor and outdoor usage.
- Open staircases use posts and spindles to support the railings
- Enclosed staircases use brackets mounted in the wall to support railings
Prices vary according to the styles and materials, so consider your budget, before selecting a staircase railing. Define a clear goal to simplify the decision-making process and make a realistic budget.
Staircase railings can complement and appeal your home décor. However, local laws and safety feature governs the position and size.
Handrail needs to be –
- 34” to 38” high
- 5” clearance between wall and railing for easy gripping
- Railing should not expand over 4.5” into the stairwell
Check the regulations in your state to make sure you compile to obligatory legal codes.
Wood is the common material used but today wrought iron handrail is in trend. Iron railings are expensive but incredibly strong, durable and best option for outdoor staircase. Technology has also solved the possible rust issue, which needs you to paint the railings often. Powder coated railings offer good protection against rust with little maintenance. Caring for the railing is also easy because you just need to wipe it with water and detergent mixture using a cotton cloth.
Basic types of railings
Balusters – Balustrade are rails positioned vertically and look similarly like pickets on a fencing. Multiple balusters get connected at the top and bottom with footing and handrail, so it is called balustrade. You can opt for plain or decorative balusters and handrail for aesthetics.
Bally Bow – Bally Bow railing is applied on the windows and balconies to prevent falls. Bally Bow means bottom bows out.
Posts – Posts stand at the end of railings service a couple of purposes like give support to railing and give them stability. In addition, add extra decorative aspects.
Footing – It runs horizontally all along the balustrade bottom. It gives support just like posts but also look appealing and attractive.
Handrail cap – Handrail top has an extra piece with rounded design added, which highlights the iron work on the railing.
Scrolls – Scrolls are curled balusters without vertical pickets. Several railings have a single scroll, while others have two. Design of scrolls can be tailored to match iron work in your home.