Do You Need a Deck Handrail?

A deck handrail is where you will place your hand as you move up and down the stairs. It is almost always a code requirement that you have this in place. However, there is also an option with a secondary railing. This secondary option is not always necessary. Before you consider the finishing touches to your decking design and layout, it is a good idea for you to select what works for your individual needs. The good news is there are plenty of options to select from that will look good and work well.

When Do You Need It?

When is a secondary deck handrail a must-have for the space? There are several reasons why you may need it. First, depending on the grading of the space, you may find that the standard railing, which is a part of the entire railing design, is too high or at a level that is not comfortable to use. When this happens, it is best to install a secondary option that is more user friendly.

Another time when this may be a good idea is when you have children or others in the home that may need a lower or otherwise uniquely placed rail to hold onto when climbing up or down the stairs. For example, you may want a lower version so that the kids can hold on properly without having to be overstretched when using it.

What to Consider

When you do want to install this option, realize you have plenty of design and material options to select from. It’s a good idea to choose something made of aluminum or PVC, which are both durable options that can be easily painted and maintained. They do not have splinters like wood does. They also have the ability to be round and thin, which makes holding onto them easier than a plank of wood or composite material will be.

You can make it stand out by making it a different color from the rest of the railing. Or, it is more common to allow it to blend in by making it the same color as the railing. No matter what you decide, be sure to factor in this component into the look of the entire decking system.

A deck handrail may be one of the best options to consider when it comes to adding more functionality to this space. Don’t overlook the importance of selecting one that’s good looking and blends in well with the entire design and look of the space. You also don’t want this to be an afterthought. You want it to be a part of the design from the beginning so it meshes well.