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Step-By-Step Stair Railing Installation and Code Requirements

Stair railing installation determines the safety of the staircase, as well as its balance with the design of the house at all. To install this part right, you will need certain tools, calculators, and the knowledge of code requirements, which is the most important. No matter whether it’s exterior or interior stair railings, you need to follow the code to build the safest staircase for you and your family.


Stair Railing Installation: A Brief Guide

  • Prior to the actual stair railing installation, put the newel posts that will hold the rail. Fit it to the top and bottom steps and secure their position using lag bolts.
  • Cut the railing so it fits the necessary length, remembering the additions to the main length between the posts. Our Art Metal Workshop technicians also recommend you to include angle cut measurements so everything fits right.
  • Install the balusters (or spindles) minding the spacing between them according to the Ontario code. Make sure you predrill the holes where the spindles will be installed, remembering the design of the elements.
  • Install the railing.
    You need to put fasteners on the posts before stair railing installation, setting the rail so it fits the fastener. Then insert the endings of the balusters to the holes on the railing and tighten up the fasteners.

Ontario Stair Railing Code Highlights

The following regulations are met by our Art Metal technicians while installing exterior and interior metal stair railings and all other types of stair rails. They include height, spindle spacing, and many other dimensions’ requirements.

  • Handrails must be conveniently graspable, which usually includes circular sections with 30-50 mm diameter or non-circular sections with 100-155 mm perimeter.
  • Stair railing height must be within 865-965 mm range from the stair nosing. This requirement can be neglected only in case of any additional handrails (for children, for example).
  • At least one of the handrails on the flight needs to be longer than the edges of the staircase for at least 300 mm.
  • There must be a 40 mm or larger clearance between the handrail and the wall its connected to.
  • The spindle spacing must be not more than 4’’ to increase safety.

To Sum Up

You don’t have to take care of the code if you order our services, as we are experts in meeting requirements. Yet you need to know all of them, as well as the instruction to stair railing installation, if you want to do everything yourself. Make sure you have an angle calculator and other tools so your measurements are 100% right.


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