There’s nothing worse than smacking an elbow or a hip on the sharp end of a handrail as you quickly descend a flight of stairs. Handrail returns connect the end of a railing to the wall or another surface, eliminating those “Ouch!” moments. They’re also important for people with disabilities who rely on well-designed handrails. Find out more about handrail return requirements according to both local and international building codes.
As you dive into spring cleaning, you’re probably taking a look at your home’s exterior. Touch-up the house paint? Check. Clean out the gutters? Check. But what about the railings around your home? Routine handrail maintenance is an important part of maintaining your home’s exterior, both for curb appeal and safety. With a few easy maintenance strategies, your aluminum handrails will look great and function properly for decades. Ready to get schooled on handrail maintenance 101?
Most outdoor amenities will rust at some point, including handrails. Rust on some exterior fixtures – gutters, for example – might not be a functional issue. But rust on handrails isn’t just an eyesore. Left unchecked, a small amount of rust can grow until it damages the handrail, putting handrail users at risk at your home or business. For that reason, it’s crucial to address rust spots as soon as you see them. Learning how to fix rust on handrails is an easy do-it-yourself project, but it does require some elbow grease.
When you’re constructing a new project, it’s easy to focus on the big picture and neglect the details. However, certain details – handrails, for example – are crucial factors in your building’s safety. When is a handrail required? Whether your building is for residential, commercial, or public use, it’s important to keep national handrail regulations in mind.
Residential handrails can add a lot of aesthetic value to your home. Of course, looks can be deceiving, and even the most stylish handrail can fall short of safety requirements. When installing a handrail inside or outside your home, keep in mind that a railing’s safety function is truly the most important thing. Not sure of the best way to keep your family safe around stairs? Review the most recent residential handrail requirements below.
Handrails can be a great finishing touch to your home’s exterior – but how do you install a handrail on, say, a stucco wall? What about brick, concrete, or wood? Figuring out how to mount a handrail on different surfaces can be a bit confusing, but it’s certainly not impossible. With a few tweaks during your mounting process, you’ll have an attractive, solid handrail mounted in no time.
Whether you’re installing a handrail or a large picture frame, one thing is certain: Careful hanging will save you a major headache down the line. While a loosely hung picture frame can lead to a big mess, a loosely hung handrail can be dangerous, especially for individuals with mobility issues. For that reason, we include screw anchors with all of the handrails available in our online store. These handy devices are helpful when hanging light- to semi-heavy objects, allowing you to securely hang items virtually anywhere without looking for a stud in your wall. However, it’s crucial to learn how to use a screw anchor properly before you install your handrail.
As a homeowner, you have plenty of maintenance to worry about. Cleaning your handrails shouldn’t be a taxing item on your weekend to-do list. Fortunately, if you have aluminum handrails, you know that they require very little upkeep. These durable, attractive, and affordable railings are virtually maintenance-free – still, life happens, and you might find that your railings are in need of a little TLC after a heavy storm or a particularly devious flock of pigeons. We’ve researched the best method for cleaning aluminum handrails so you can keep your handrails sparkling.
Handrails aren’t just for safety. With a fresh coat of paint, handrails can also add a level of character and style to your home. Aluminum handrails offer a particularly wide variety of color options thanks to the handrail’s smooth, powder-coated exterior. But how do you choose a handrail color that works for your home? Is your home well suited to calming earth tones, or would you rather pack a punch with bold blacks and whites? Before you choose the next hue for your handrail, take a look at these handrail color suggestions for every home aesthetic.
Handrails offer both safety and aesthetic appeal. However, for handrails to function well, proper installation is key. Need to install a handrail, but not sure where to start? Aluminum Handrail Direct offers several product guides to walk you through how to install a handrail.