Stair Rail Guard Guidelines

Are you aware of the building code guidelines for guardrails on stairs?

Guardrails for stairs on a deck

Most builders have knowledge of the height and load requirements for guard rails on the flat floor areas of a deck.

But fewer of them are familiar with the requirements for railings that run down along stairs.

There are a few critical stair rail guard guidelines and measurements you will want to get right.

We will show you what you need to know along with a list of some other important details.

 

We will show you what you need to know along with a list of some other important details.

Baluster and Stringer to Rail Spacing

The space between the balusters and the triangular space under the bottom rail are the critical measurements to keep in mind.

Details for Railing on stairs

Post Spacing: 6' maximum

Stair Rail Height: 34" mimum from nosing to top of guard

Hand Rail Height: 34" to 38" if used

Some Other Great Reading

You are now armed with the knowledge. If you follow these stair rail guard guidelines you will have no problems and will end up building your deck stairs properly. There are also other articles to read below.

 

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