In commercial applications, exterior handrails need to be able to stand up to the elements while also aiding in safe passage for a wide range of users. They must also meet multiple sets of guidelines and standards for safety and accessibility, including those set out by the International Building Code (IBC), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and local building codes.
Typically, commercial handrails are required to be continuous for the entire run of the stairs or ramp and located on both sides. They should be positioned between 34” and 38” from the walking surface with at least 1-½” of clearance between the handrail and adjacent surface.
Handrail extensions must continue at least 12” beyond the top stair riser and for at least the length of one tread depth at the bottom. Other requirements dictate the type of glass that can be used in handrails — laminated constructed of fully tempered or heat-strengthened glass — and the diameter of the handrails — at least 1-¼” but not more than 2”.
The best options for commercial exterior handrails need to meet all of these requirements while also being aesthetically pleasing and contributing to the overall design. While this sounds like a tall order, VIVA Railings meet all IBC and ADA requirements with ease and offer a variety of customization options, including different finishes, LED lighted railings, and different infills.