Railing Heights

Creating your own custom railing design can be achieved by taking the time in choosing the right design details for your space. When creating any design for residential or commercial spaces, it is imperative to enforce the following building codes.

Residential Railings:

Indoors:

When installing railings to an interior space, the railings on a residential staircase must be 36″ high. Whereas, the second floor guardrail overlooks must be 42″ in height. Creating your own custom railing design can be achieved by taking your time in choosing the right design details for your space. One idea that you can implement into your design, especially if you desire to achieve a modern or contemporary ambiance, is combining different types of finishes. Simple design details always make the largest impacts!

Residential: Glass railings, 36" high.

Residential Space: Interior Glass Railings, 36″ high.

Residential: Second Floor Glass Guardrail Overlook, 42" high.

Residential Space: Second Floor Glass Guardrail Overlook, 42″ high.


Outdoors:

When installing railings to an exterior space, the railings must be 42″ high. The type of materials you choose should be designed to withstand outdoor elements. Stainless steel in 316 Grade is preferred for outdoor use due to its greater resistance to corrosion than other grades of steel. If you are looking to install glass railings onto your exterior balcony, laminated glass is recommended. In the event where the glass is shattered, laminated glass would hold in place by an inter-layer between two layers of glass.

Residential: Exterior Glass Railings, 42" high.

Residential Space: Exterior Laminated Glass Railings, 42″ high.


Commercial Railings:

Indoor/Outdoor:

Commercial spaces must abide by strict building codes to ensure safety. In regards to designing a staircase for commercial spaces, one requirement you would want to implement into your design is the height of the railings and handrails. For example, as per Florida Building Code, railings must be 42″ high and handrails must be 36″ high. In the event where the staircase exceeds 44″ in width, it is required to have a handrail on each side of the staircase. This ensures the safety of dual traffic when traveling up and down the staircase simultaneously. Implementing these building codes into your commercial design will ensure safety without compromising the overall aesthetic of your design.

Commercial Space:  In the event where the staircase exceeds 44″ in width, it is required to have a handrail on each side of the staircase.

Commercial Space: In the event where the staircase exceeds 44″ in width, it is required to have a handrail on each side of the staircase.

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