About Handrails & Railings

Know the difference in handrails and railings and how to choose a quality handrail for your home

If you look around your home, you likely have many different rails serving different functions. However, a railing isn’t a handrail and a handrail isn’t a railing, though they are similar. According to most building codes, there are real differences in function between the two, and handrails and railings themselves have many variations and types. But while most people may not need a handrail or railing most of the time, nearly everyone benefits from a strategically placed rail, whether it accompanies stairs, an incline or it forms the boundary of a landing, balcony or deck. Not only can they help make areas around and inside your home safer, they also look great and add a touch of elegance, even in the smallest and most inconspicuous of places.


Simply put, the difference in handrails and railings is more a function of their use. Mainly intended for support while traversing steps, a ramp or anywhere else someone may need assistance or the security of a rail to hold or grab, handrails provide support to the people that need them, and it gives a bit of quick stability to anyone that may be losing their balance, whether it’s wet out, a heavy load is being carried or whether a person is running or otherwise quickly traversing a flight of stairs.

According to building codes, if you have more than three stairs, you’re legally required to have a handrail. But even one step can be dangerous at night or when the weather picks up, and a handrail can save you or a family member from a nasty fall that could require a visit to the hospital.


Railings, also known as guardrails, don’t follow stairs or an incline. The main difference in handrails and railings is that railings run horizontally along elevated areas such as a landing where there is a drop on one side. Forming not only the boundary of an elevated area, railings help prevent accidents by keeping you from tumbling over the edge after a small trip or other temporary loss of balance. Mostly commonly seen indoors and outdoors at the top of a set of stairs that run from a lower to upper level, railings must be at least 36 inches high in residences and at least 42 inches in public and commercial buildings.

Post Handrails

For small porches, decks and other areas that have just one or two steps, a post handrail is the perfect way to add some safety and elegance to your wood, concrete or composite decking. Made from solid metal and at the proper height to satisfy safety concerns, you’ll never again have to worry about that tricky outdoor step when you’re taking out the trash or when everyone’s hanging out at the next big family get-together.

Solid and Safe Handrails from Handrails and Railings

If you’ve ever grabbed hold of a wobbly or derelict handrail — or, worse yet, tried to grab a handrail that wasn’t there at all — you know the danger of not having a proper, working handrail. Here at Handrails and Railings, we make solid metal handrails and railings that look great and protect you and your family from danger. From our best-selling post handrails to custom handrails and railings inside, outside and anywhere else you could use an extra helping hand, all of our metal handrails and railings are handcrafted from scratch, right here in the United States of America.

Order your next handrail or railing from us and if we don’t have the exact item you want in our store, we’ll custom make it from scratch for you. From primer versions that make a great gift to the do-it-yourselfer in your life to painted versions that are delivered and installed as a finished product, you’ll be sure to find exactly what you need to make your home safer and more beautiful with a handrail or railing from Handrails and Railings. And because all our steel handrails come with a free lifetime warranty, you can be sure that your beautiful and safe handrail or railing will last for years to come. Contact us today to see how we can help you on your handrail or railing need.

Here are some common questions and answers
As we all know, shopping on line is a great experience in so many ways, and things online can look beautiful in the pictures, but once we receive them, it turns out to be less than what we expected. Most customers are not in the steel industry, so they don’t understand thicknesses of steel. When a manufacturer of handrails builds a handrail, (like the ones you see in the big box stores), they look great on display, but once you actually pick them up, you can’t believe how light weight and flexible they are. Many are riveted (not welded), which is a sure sign of failure in the future. To make them look strong and sturdy they use a low grade, thin tubing, that looks massive on the outside, but in reality, it is completely hollow on the inside. That is why they are so lightweight. The thin metal cuts cost and allows the manufacturer to make more profit and still beat the competitor with a inferior product that is not safe for you and your loved ones.
Ask if your handrail can be returned or exchanged at no charge. We never want a customer to feel stuck with a product that they cannot use. Sometimes we have customers that receive a handrail that is a bit smaller or larger than they need. They contact us and we exchange them for an upgrade to a larger one or a credit for a smaller one. Either way, we will work with you, to get the product you need.
We strive to be the strongest manufacturer of handrails on the market today. We want you to be as comfortable with your purchase as we are in our product. We offer a lifetime warranty registration for the structure of all of our handrails, within 45 days of purchase. We send you the certificate, you fill out a short form and that’s it. If your handrail ever bends, cracks, or structurally fails in any way, we will replace it at NO CHARGE to you.
Why Choose Handrails & Railings 

In the Welding trade for over 25 Years

With experience in heavy equipment repair,high pressure piping systems, and structural steel, we have the knowledge to build handrails and railings that will last a lifetime


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