If you’re a general contractor wanting to install stainless steel railings in a commercial or residential building, you may be wondering where the optimal location is for installation. This post will discuss the differing building restrictions you may be subject to, and then look at the common places to install stainless steel railings.
Residential vs. Commercial Building Codes
Residential and commercial buildings have different regulations on what can and can’t be installed or changed inside a building or residence. Knowing the difference between commercial and residential building codes is essential, so you and your workers know what to avoid doing during construction.
Commercial buildings have stricter guidelines, such as from associations like OSHA, and need to meet regulations, such as those set up by the ADA. General contractors should contact the town hall of the city they are working in to learn the requirements and restrictions for that area.
Residential buildings, on the other hand, have fewer requirements. There are still plenty of permits and restrictions involved, but there tends to be much more leniency for contractors in this sector.
A stairway is a great place to put a stainless steel railing system—it meets the ADA’s requirements while elevating commercial and residential buildings. In general, buildings with multiple floors need a sturdy banister system with railings that are strong enough to support any weight—stainless steel railings provide this.
Apartment buildings that have balconies need railings. Railings protect residents from falls and other accidents. No matter how tall your building is, stainless steel railings are a durable, aesthetic way to implement this necessary safety measure.
Commercial buildings often have pathways that aren’t as accessible as others, such as paths from parking lots, building entrances, and alleys. To improve accessibility and safety, you can install stainless steel handrails, so paths are navigable.
If you’ve come this far in learning about the common places to put a stainless steel handrail, you may want to consider actually installing them on your next project. At Custom Manufacturing and Polishing, Inc., our creative team believes in making any complex design come to life. Contact us today if you’re looking for a quote on your future stainless
steel handrail kit.