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bgarski 03-05-2013 08:11 PM

Interior Balcony Railing
 
Standard balcony railing height requirements are 36". Is this a minimum? If railing height is 1-3/4" or 2-1/2" do I need to cut 36" balusters down?

Keith Mathewson 03-05-2013 08:22 PM

it can go all the way to the ceiling if you want.

TheCamper 03-05-2013 10:46 PM

The 36" is a minimum. see the following from the ICC Residential Code.


R312.1.2 Height.
Required guards at open-sided walking surfaces, including stairs, porches, balconies or landings, shall be not less than 36 inches (914 mm) high measured vertically above the adjacent walking surface, adjacent fixed seating or the line connecting the leading edges of the treads.

Exceptions:
1. Guards on the open sides of stairs shall have a height not less than 34 inches (864 mm) measured vertically from a line connecting the leading edges of the treads.2. Where the top of the guard also serves as a handrail on the open sides of stairs, the top of the guard shall not be less than 34 inches (864 mm) and not more than 38 inches (965 mm) measured vertically from a line connecting the leading edges of the treads. Remember; the above is for a guard, not a handrail. You might want to check with your local jurisdiction to confirm the regulations that apply where you live.


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