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ADA Outdoor Handrails

ADA Compliant Handrailing is required at public locations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is focused on making areas more accessible to the disabled. The pre-fabricated railing systems on this page are ADA compliant for gripping and strength requirements.

Aluminum Handrails

Westbury Continuous Aluminum HandrailWestbury Continuous Outdoor Handral - Prefabricated ADA Compliant Handrailing

stbury Continuous Handrail (CHR) is a straightforward, pre-fabricated system that is easy to install into any existing wall or railing post. This 1-3/8" diameter rail is ADA compliant and is available in all of the same standard powder-coat colors as the Westbury Aluminum Railing system, making it an ideal accessory for stairs, ramps, and walkways.

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Steel Handrails

Kee Klamp Steel Safety Rail FittingsKee-Klamp Steel Safety Railing Fittings

Build your own custom handrailing with Kee Klamp Safety Rail Fittings. These Cast Iron Fittings are engineered to join schedule 40 steel pipe from 1-1/4" to 2" without welding or threading
; which means that no specialized labor or tools are required for installation. Kee Klamps use set screws to secure the pipes in place. There are a wide range of fittings available to suit all applications.

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Vinyl Handrails

Evernew Vinyl Handrail<
Bufftech Evernew Vinyl Handrailing

Evernew Vinyl Hand Rail System is a great compliment to Certainteed's deck and patio railing systems. Featuring a 1-1/2" diameter gripping area and aluminum reinforced construction, this ADA compliant handrailing installs easitly on site and is extremely low maintenance.

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What are the rules for ADA Compliant Outdoor Handrailing under the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Handrails are covered by section 4.8.5, 4.9.4, and 4.26 of the ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities. Below is a short summary of the relevant guidelines, but we recommend reading the entire section at the ADAAG website for further understanding.

Handrails are required on all stairs and ramps

  1. Stairs must have continuous handrails on both sides of the stairs that comply with section 4.26 of the ADAAG
  2. If handrails are not continuous, they should extend at least 12in. beyond the top riser and at least 12in. + the width of one tread beyond the bottom riser.
  3. The space between the handrail and the wall should be 1 1/2in.
  4. No posts or other structures should interrupt the handrail.
  5. The top of the handrail gripping surface should be between 34-38in. above the stair nosings.
  6. The ends of handrails should be rounded or should return smoothly to the floor, wall, or post.
  7. The handrail should not rotate within its mounts or fittings.

Handrail Construction.

  1. All Handrails must have a diameter of 1-1/4" to 1-1/2" or the shape shall provide an equivalent gripping surface.
  2. Handrails can be located in a recess which is a maximum of 3in. deep and extends 18in. above the top of the rail.
  3. Handrails should be free of any sharp or abrasive elements and their edges should have a minimum radius of 1/8in.

*For structural strength requirments, please see the official ADA documentation.