Metal Hand Rails

Written by Krystin Spellman
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Metal handrails can be extremely durable and strong, giving support to people who require a little help on steps and inclined passages. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that most businesses make an effort to assist their customers with special physical challenges, accommodating their needs whenever possible. Because a significant proportion of the population depends upon handrails to assist their movement, adding handrails to stairs and walkways can greatly improve your customers' experience within your establishment.

Metal Handrail Installation

During the selection process, you will want to decide between railing that will curve into the wall, or railing that will sit parallel. Both choices are easily obtained and integrated with very little effort, allowing you to determine whether you want to pursue strength or aesthetic appeal as your priority. For example, flange attachments that sit flush with your wall are not particularly decorative, but they will offer your metal railing additional support.

Heavier metal handrails are best installed using flange attachments with anchors if necessary. Many heavy handrails can be designed to curve to the floor, making them extremely functional for large stairways, dividing the steps for both upward and downward traffic. For metal handrails that are attached to a supporting wall, consider incorporating brackets every four feet to leverage additional support.

Lighter metallic handrails can be easily supported by a series of brackets, allowing the rail to sit parallel with the wall and never curve to meet it. Brackets are available in a large variety of decorative options, allowing individuals to customize their railing to match the existing décor. Attractive end caps or ball fittings can also be included on either end of the handrail to give your railing a more decorative, finished look.

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