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Modular Handrail System

Modular Handrail System

Installing a modular handrail system is a convenient, flexible and permanent way to ensure pedestrian safety, not forgetting a legal requirement in some instances. Components typically interlock or fit together easily to create a length or configuration, which enables good levels of customisation and endless possibilities to suit your needs. So whether you require long interrupted railing stretches, corner and bend turns to facilitate posts or pillars or handrails to attach to stairways and uneven surfaces - or perhaps a combination of all three - we have a broad range of products to choose from in many colours, styles and lengths. Simply bolt on what you need! 

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As well as functional railing components we sell additional accessories or add ons such as self-closing gates, meaning a complete railing solution can be provided with easy through-access in and out of the perimeter. We also offer a broader range of railings and guard rails designed to outline perimetres such as park boundaries, playgrounds and more as well as palisade fencing and urban mesh fences

Popularly installed in commercial settings such as factories, industrial workshops and warehouses, handrails assist people by performing as a visual aid and secure safety net if a person’s footing slips or their balance is lost, providing something sturdy to grab onto effectively. The advantage of installing handrails is they can double up as a physical barrier too, clearly demarcating areas which are considered not safe to pass without caution like kerbs, vehicle zones or raised areas with steep drops such as cliff edges or viewing platforms. For less permanent barrier solutions, for example to simply to cordon off no-access areas temporarily with easy repositioning you might be interested in browsing a huge range of chain posts, stretch barriers, temporary and expandable barriers and safety barriers.

We provide a range of concrete in or bolt down handrailing solutions to choose from, constructed from a variety of materials including galvanised steel, powder coated steel and stainless steel meaning there are options suited for both indoor or outdoor environments. Many of our rails have the added advantage of being impact protective, meaning they can absorb brute force impacts such as vehicle collisions to provide a further level of safety protection and minimise the risk of injuries - this type of barrier is therefore ideal for installation in high-traffic zones. 

The modular handrails we supply are easy to install, compliant with current building regulations and low effort to maintain - for instance, damaged sections can simply be removed and replaced rather than a need to replace the entire system.  Our installations team would be more than happy to talk to you about our nationwide fitting service - please visit our Installations page for advice and information. 

What are the British standards for handrail?

In the United Kingdom, the rules and regulations for installing handrails in buildings are primarily covered by building codes and standards set by the government. Before installing a safe and effective handrail solution, the British Standards BS6180 should be consulted for guidance on safe handrail installation in various environments, with BS 4592-0:2006+A1:2012 providing comprehensive information on industrial usage such as on commercial premises. Specific regulations may vary depending on the type of building, its use, and the year it was constructed or renovated. 

It's important to note that building regulations and standards can change over time, so it's essential to consult the most recent version of the Building Regulations and any local codes or guidelines issued by your local authority. Additionally, if you are planning to install handrails or make any structural changes to a building, it is advisable to seek guidance from a qualified architect, builder, or structural engineer who is knowledgeable about the current regulations and can ensure compliance with them.

What is a modular handrail?

A modular handrail typically is made up of customisable sections or modules that fit together to create a complete railing solution that can be tailored to your exact space and requirements. A modular handrail system can have several uses: a visual support for pedestrians, employees or members of the public on uneven, slippery or wet surfaces, a barrier designed to physically separate off potentially hazardous zones such as traffic areas and to minimise impact of injury if (for handrails designed with impact protection in mind).  

These handrail systems are often used in various settings, including residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, as well as public spaces and outdoor environments. Here are some key characteristics and advantages of modular handrails:

Modular handrails are commonly used in both indoor and outdoor settings, including staircases, ramps, balconies, decks, and walkways. Their versatility, ease of installation, and ability to meet safety and aesthetic requirements make them a popular choice for many construction and renovation projects.

What is the difference between a guard rail and a handrail?

Guardrails and stair rails are two distinct components used in building and construction for safety purposes, particularly in preventing falls from elevated areas. While they serve similar safety functions, there are important differences between them:

In summary, the key difference between a guardrail and a stair rail (handrail) is their primary function and location. Guardrails are used to prevent falls from elevated surfaces and are positioned horizontally along the edge of those surfaces. Stair rails (handrails) are designed to provide support and stability to individuals using stairs or ramps and are positioned vertically along the sides of the staircase or ramp. Both guardrails and stair rails are important for safety and are subject to specific height and design requirements dictated by local building codes and regulations.

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