The railing is by far one of the most important aspects of any custom staircase or porch since it does provide support for anyone on the stairs. Further to this, the railing does serve a more than functional purpose: it does in essence connect the downstairs and upstairs living or two other distinct levels and succeeds in creating a sense of continuity. There are several factors one has to take into consideration when choosing these modular home stair and porch railings.
At the onset, it is important to know the size of the railing that’s ideal for use in your modular home, this is because apart from enhancing and complementing the décor of your home they are also a safety feature and therefore local laws and regulations usually govern the position and size of the railings. Generally, the handrail is expected to be between thirty four (34) and thirty eight (38) inches high and there must also be adequate clearance: this is usually 1.5 inches between the wall and the railing. It is also worth mentioning that the railing must not extend more than 4 1/2 inches into the stairwell. These regulations differ from one state to the other and it is therefore important to check out the regulations.
It is also important to take into consideration the material used to construct the staircase railings. Even though the most common material used is usually wood, there are also other alternatives such as metal, glass and vinyl. Wood is the traditional choice and is commonly used for ornate, traditional railings in stately manors and period homes. Glass railings are also a good way to open any living space where metal or wood might seem oppressive and overpowering, it is best suited for contemporary homes. Metals on the other hand are an expensive option even though they are incredibly durable and strong, making them ideal for exterior use.
Modular Home Stair And Porch Railings – Recommendations
Here are some modular home stair and porch railings readily available in the market space.
1) Product Name: 36” Aluminum Stair section
Price: $ 85.06
Details: this stair section offers the beauty and strength of an aluminum handrail in a very convenient package. Sold with all the necessary components required for a successful assembly, this handrail is maintenance free and is bound to look good for many more years to come. It is easy to install and is ideal for use with Yardscapes aluminum rail posts and is sold inclusive of mounting brackets, rails and spindles as well. The exact panel size is 72 inches in width and 36 inches in height and is sold with a twenty year warranty.
2) Product Name: 6’ W Glass Panel Kit
Price: $ 92.56
Details: this kit does contain a total of seven (7) glass panels with spacers and fittings and measures 6 inches in width and height of 36 5/16. This glass kit is ideally used with 42” Height rail blazers aluminum railing system. It is also worth mentioning that the top and base rail is sold separately. Contrary to popular belief, this glass kit is not only easy and simple to install but because the glass is tempered, it is very durable and long lasting: easily handling any accidental or malicious hit. Sold with a 20 year warranty, this is an ideal choice for the homeowner who wants that sophisticated and unique look.
3) Product Name: 6ft Pressure Treated Stair Railing Kit with Black Aluminum Balusters
Price: $ 79.97
Details: the easy and fast installation of the stair rail does make it the ideal product for both the professional and do-it –yourself deck builder. Made from high quality black aluminum balusters and yellow pine, this is one of the most beautiful stair rails you can come across. The wood components are usually kiln dried after treatment and molded with a decorative high end finish for extra stability and beauty as well. Sold as pre-cut and drilled components, it is very easy to install. It does compliment the six feet aluminum and pressure treated southern yellow pine rail kit.
4) Product Name: Meadow Valley 6 foot White Cedar Square Cut Rail
Price: $ 106.79
Details: this unit allows you to add a more rustic look to your modular home. It does come preassembled with spindles which have been inserted into the rails. The rails and spindles have a hand peeled appearance with a rustic hewn texture. It is also noteworthy that cedar will naturally develop checks and cracks, thereby enhancing the overall rustic appeal. Fasteners and posts are ordered separately.