What to Look for When Designing Your Aluminum Railing System
When you’re building a property, whether it’s commercial or multi-family residential, there is almost always a need for railings.
In fact, we can’t think of a larger scale project that hasn’t required railings.
Why are they so essential? Well first off, a building without railings in the right places will often look weird or feel incomplete. Plus, aside from aesthetic appeal, they are critical to providing safety!
While there are many materials available for railing, aluminum is becoming increasingly popular. So if you’re thinking about railings for your upcoming project, aluminum should be a frontrunner.
Let us convince you! In this blog, we’ll go over railing essentials. By the time you finish you’ll have a better concept of all the basics, like why railings are important or what is considered part of a railing system. We’ll also give you advice on what factors you should consider when designing a railing system and convince you that aluminum is the way to go.
Importance of Railing Systems
Railing systems are an integral part of any building or structure, providing safety and security to people using them.
Where are they really needed? Think high foot traffic areas, such as staircases, balconies, and decks. Properly designed and installed railing systems can prevent accidental falls, especially in high-risk areas, such as stairways and elevated platforms.
Railing systems also provide support for people with mobility issues, making it easier for them to navigate around the building.
What Makes Up a Railing System?
A railing system consists of several components, including the handrail, bottom rails, infill/balusters, vertical support/posts and post caps. Let’s break down some of the more important components.
The handrail is the horizontal component that runs along the top of the railing system, providing a surface for people to grip onto. These should be designed to be ergonomic for your hands.
The balusters, also known as infills, are the vertical components that connect the handrail to the bottom rail or directly to the ground.
In a railing system, rail posts are evenly spaced components that are put in place to provide support for the rails, horizontal balusters, and infill columns.
Considerations When Designing Your Aluminum Railing System
When it comes to designing an aluminum railing system, there are several key components to keep in mind to ensure that the final product is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Here are some important factors to consider:
What is the Building / Occupancy Type?
One of the primary considerations when designing an aluminum railing system is the type of building or occupancy it will be installed in.
Different building codes and regulations may apply depending on whether the railing system will be used in a residential or commercial building. Each project will be different. Therefore, it’s important to consider factors such as the height of the railing and spacing between balusters.
Related, but not entirely the same thing, is consideration of where the railing system will live in your project. For example, if your railing system is for a deck, you may want to choose a system with a higher handrail to provide a greater sense of security. If your railing system is for a staircase, you may want to consider a system with more tightly spaced balusters to prevent small children from slipping through.
Remember, after discussions with your trusted aluminum manufacturer, adjusting the overall design accordingly may be needed!
Have You Thought About Budget?
Another important consideration when designing an aluminum railing system is budget. The cost of the system will depend on several factors, including the length and height of the railing, the type of materials used, and any additional features such as lighting or special finishes.
We probably don’t need to remind you, but it’s critical to have a clear idea of the budget upfront. If you go in with this knowledge, you can ensure you work with a reputable supplier who can help guide you towards options that fit within your price range.
What Look Are You Going For?
Don’t forget the appearance! The look of the aluminum railing system is also an important consideration.
The system should complement the overall design aesthetic of the building or space, and may need to meet specific design requirements or preferences. This includes the color of the railing system, the style of the balusters, and any additional features such as glass inserts or decorative elements.
What Is Your Project Schedule?
Finally, it’s important to consider the project schedule when designing an aluminum railing system. The lead time for manufacturing and installation can vary depending on the size and complexity of the system.
There are also other factors that can impact timelines. For example, availability of materials and labor.
You should work with a supplier who can provide a realistic timeline for the project and who can work within your desired timeframe. Make sure that you talk about this beforehand and that you know you can hold them accountable to previously agreed upon timelines!
Have You Thought About Ongoing Maintenance?
You should also keep in mind the maintenance requirements of the railing system.
We wholeheartedly think aluminum is the leading material. Why? Aluminum railing systems require little maintenance compared to other materials, such as wood or steel. That’s not to say they need no maintenance at all! It’s still important to clean them regularly and check for any signs of damage or wear and tear.
And with that, let’s dive into more reasons why aluminum railing systems should be your go-to choice!
Reasons to Choose an Aluminum Railing System
There are several reasons why you should choose an aluminum railing system for your building or structure. We’ve listed just a few:
- Durable material that can withstand harsh weather conditions and resist corrosion; therefore, it’s ideal for outdoor applications, such as decks, patios, and balconies
- Lightweight material, making it easy to install and maneuver during the installation
- Cost-effective material compared to other materials, such as stainless steel or glass
Get the Right Railing System!
Provide railing systems that will add to your project, both aesthetically and in terms of safety!
When you discuss designing an aluminum railing system with East & West Alum Craft Ltd., we’ll ensure to take into consideration the important factors we mentioned above. Because we know building type, location, budget, style, project timelines, and maintenance levels are all important!
Let’s make sure you get the aluminum railing system you want and need!
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