With winter around the corner, both residential and commercial property owners want to be sure outdoor stairs are as safe as possible.
Stairs can be tricky to navigate for some people regardless of the weather, but the ice and snow that arrive with the colder months of the year bring added cause for concern.
A secondary stair railing can help property owners provide a more secure setting for everyone. According to John Ervin Stoltzfus, a sales representative at Key-Link Fencing and Railing, Inc., secondary handrails provide greater safety and peace of mind because they’re easier to grasp and hold on to than other railings.
Commercial construction projects often need them to comply with ADA Code requirements. For residential settings, you’re typically required to install a secondary handrail that’s easier to grasp on one side of a deck or patio stair railing when there are four or more stair risers.
“Secondary handrails come in both aluminum and vinyl and in different styles and colors to meet customers’ safety needs and design preferences,” explains Stoltzfus. “For example, at Key-Link, we offer a basic 1.5-inch round handrail and a decorative 2-inch handrail that matches the Arabian series of railings.”
Contact us if you need information or have questions about the various secondary handrail options available for outdoor and indoor applications