WHAT IS HANDRAIL AND BALUSTRADING?
Handrails are designed to be gripped by the hand to provide stability or support. Handrails are commonly used while ascending or descending stairways and escalators to prevent falls. Handrails are typically supported by newel posts or mounted directly to walls.
Balustrades are designed to act as an edge protection on staircase landings, balconies and terraces. They are made up of a base rail and a top rail with individual upright columns in between. Balustrades can be made from timber, metal, glass or panelled products and can be tailored to any design to suit you build.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HANDRAIL AND BALUSTRADING?
You can go up and down the stairs comfortably
Can enhance the aesthetics of your building
Act as a fall prevention
Can be tailored to suit any design
Be made from a verity of materials to suit your needs
WHAT IS THE INSTALLATION PROCESS OF HANDRAIL AND BALUSTRADING?
These works will usually happen in the later stages of the carpentry 2nd fix works, and often temporary handrails will be installed to safeguard site personnel from the risk of falls.
When the staircase is initially installed at 1st fix stage the newel posts will be connected to the staircase string on the side where handrails are required. The handrail will be jointed between each newel essentially creating a structural frame to receive the infill components of the balustrade.
Landing handrails will also be joined between the newel posts to suit the perimeter of the stairwell layout, newels on corners of the landing will be physically fixed to the trimming floor joists of which will be face capped with finished timber known as an apron lining, neatly cut between the newel posts.
On top of the nosing a base rail will be cut between newels to receive the balustrade infill materials.
Any newel posts that abut walls from one direction will usually be half the thickness of the standard newel posts for visual effect.
With the framework of newels, handrails and base rails complete the balustrade infill works can begin, depending on whether spindles, glass or panelled infills are required will dictate the way each is secured.
It is important that balustrading works are carried out in accordance with current building control regulations regarding minimum heights of handrails and spacing distances between components that eliminate risk of fall and penetration.
Payne Carpentry have extensive experience in the many types of handrail and balustrading. We manage our clients’ needs by providing time and cost saving solutions by carrying out the following compulsory works procedures as part of our standard service.
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