Deck Staircase Rail Height - Building & Construction - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Building & Construction

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-21-2011, 10:26 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Posts: 777
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Deck staircase rail height


Just built rails on my deck that are 4 feet high. I need to put staircase rails on and I'm not sure what height to put them at. The city code is minimum 3 feet. Aesthetically 4 feet staircase rails are the nicest but they seem a tad high and awkward? 3 feet seems to be a comfortable height but looks awkward.

Advertisement

n0c7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2011, 07:16 AM   #2
Not so new
 
12penny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Posts: 934
Rewards Points: 504
Default

Deck staircase rail height


Here its 34" - 38" measured from the nose of the tread.

Advertisement

12penny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2011, 07:31 AM   #3
Mod
 
kwikfishron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Kansas (NCK)
Posts: 7,813
Rewards Points: 2,528
Default

Deck staircase rail height


If you want the guardrail at 4’ then go for it and install a handrail to it. 34-38” on the handrail here too. I’ve never heard of a max. height on a guardrail.
__________________
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
Especially In The DIY Chatroom
kwikfishron is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2011, 01:46 PM   #4
Member
 
robertcdf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Posts: 655
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Deck staircase rail height


Big difference in GUARDRAIL and HANDRAIL, guardrail prevents falling and is usually min 36" with no maximum, however the taller the rail the more leverage applied so taller may actually be weaker. Handrail is a graspable rail on stairs that is continuous from beyond nosing of both top and bottom treads at 34-38 above the nosing.
robertcdf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2011, 01:55 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Posts: 777
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Deck staircase rail height


Newbie question - which part is the nosing? Top of the stringer?
n0c7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2011, 02:45 PM   #6
Member
 
rock16's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 61
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Deck staircase rail height


Here is a nice cheat sheet for handrails. It is for where I live but pretty much applicable to everywhere. http://www.cityofseattle.net/dclu/Pu...cam/cam319.pdf
It shows the answer to your last question
rock16 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to rock16 For This Useful Post:
kwikfishron (10-22-2011)
Old 10-22-2011, 09:25 PM   #7
journeyman carpenter
 
woodworkbykirk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: nova scotia canada
Posts: 2,767
Rewards Points: 150
Default

Deck staircase rail height


i dont know what the american code is for handrail, but the canadian code states that hand rail must be a minimum of 36" above the nosing of the stair tread when the stair is less than 6' in overall height. once the stair and platform are at 6' off of grade the handrail must now be 42" above the nosing
woodworkbykirk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2011, 10:48 PM   #8
Member
 
rock16's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 61
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Deck staircase rail height


Quote:
Originally Posted by wooworkbykirk View Post
i dont know what the american code is for handrail, but the canadian code states that hand rail must be a minimum of 36" above the nosing of the stair tread when the stair is less than 6' in overall height. once the stair and platform are at 6' off of grade the handrail must now be 42" above the nosing
Feel free to correct me but doesn't this convert to 31.5'' to 38''? Are you confusing guard rail height? Or am I confused?
I do see on #3 that on landings 42'' is the max allowed.

National Building Code of Canada

Section 9.8

Stairs, Ramps and Handrails

9.8.7.4. Height of Handrails

1) Height of handrails on stairs and ramps shall be measured vertically from a line drawn
a) through the outside edges of the stair nosing, or
b) from the surface of the ramp, floor or landing below the handrail.
2) Except as provided in Sentences (3) and (4), the height of handrails on stairs and ramps shall be
a) not less than 800 mm, and
b) not more than 965 mm.
3) Where guards are required, handrails on landings are permitted to be not more than 1 070 mm in height.
4) Handrails not meeting the requirements of Sentences (2) and (3) are permitted provided they are installed in addition to the required handrails.
rock16 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2011, 10:14 AM   #9
journeyman carpenter
 
woodworkbykirk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: nova scotia canada
Posts: 2,767
Rewards Points: 150
Default

Deck staircase rail height


the code goes for landings, and guard rails both interior and exterior. it also depends on what version of the code you are checking. 4 years ago i did a vinyl handrail install and we werent sure if we bought the correct height. so we checked with one of the inspectors we know. he clearly stated 36" for stairs and platforms that are under 6' high and 42" for anything exceeding 6' high. been doing that ever since and none of the inspectors have made us change anything

Advertisement

woodworkbykirk is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to woodworkbykirk For This Useful Post:
rock16 (10-23-2011)
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pergola over existing deck cpfullback Building & Construction 0 08-04-2011 12:36 PM
how to install deck rail posts? tpcolson Building & Construction 1 11-14-2010 06:19 PM
A couple of Deck railing and privacy fence/screen question EightmanVT Building & Construction 9 06-01-2010 09:03 PM
Basic deck rail design dram Carpentry 2 07-12-2009 12:27 PM
Minimum Deck height? sandyman720 Building & Construction 16 01-30-2008 12:12 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts