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HANDRAILS
The height of handrails, and the spacing of spindles should be installed in accordance with the Building Regulations - Part K - Protection from Falling, Collision and Impact

Particular attention is drawn to Part K1 - Stairs, Ladders & Ramps.
part K
PDF Download Approved Document K - Protection from falling, collision and impact (1998 edition) (PDF 1474 Kb)
We carry 3 main types of handrails

Utility Rail         
Contemporary 4  ▼
Contemporary 6 


   
UTILITY RAIL     back    

section 32mm x 64mm - available in 1.80m & 3.60m

Our most commonly used hand rail is the Utility Rail.

This can be used in conjunction with any of the newel posts and spindles. The Utility rail is designed to fit in-between the newel posts, in a combination of one rail at the bottom and two rails at the top. Why two rails at the top? Normally, you make your balustrade panels up separately, using one rail at the bottom and one rail at the top, screwing the spindles in place down through the top rail and up from the bottom rail.

Please note the top of the Utility rail is flat. This is so the spindles will rest on the top of the rail when used as the bottom rail. This is the correct way up for the rail, as to have the grooved side uppermost will cause a water trap and any moisture will sit in the groove and eventually migrate up the end grain of the spindles.

The top rail is fixed the same way up with the tops of the spindles, this time, sitting in the grooved underside of the rail. The spindles are fixed into place using screws through from the top of the rail. Once the balustrade panel is fixed into place between the newel posts the third section of Utility rail is fixed over the top rail of the panel, doubling up the rails to the top. This covers the screws used to fix the spindles and gives the top section a more chunky look and feel.

The Utility rail is not designed to be used in conjunction with timber fillet spacer pieces.
  Utility Handrail



















     
CONTEMPORARY 4 RAIL     back   

Section 34mm x 90mm - available in 2.40m, 3.60m & 4.80m

This timber board is used for a multitude of applications:
  • Handrail
  • Backing Rail
  • Deck Board
  • Fascia Board
As the board is 90mm wide, laid flat it will fix in between all types of newel posts, forming a narrow flat handrail.

As the board is 34mm thick, it can be used as a deck board in conjunction with any other 34mm deck board, or laid on its edge it can be used as a fascia board to cover any raw edges of decking.

The board is mainly used as a horizontal top and bottom rail ready for fixing spindles to the surface. This rail is particularly suited for modern spindles, square spindles and the Deckorators metal spindles; namely Arc, Baroque and Classic. Also used as the fixing rails for the Deckorators Glass system

Classic   Baroque
Glass rails 
  Contemporary 4 board
 
 

     
     
CONTEMPORARY 6 RAIL     back   

Section 34mm x 140mm - available in 2.40m, 3.60m & 4.80m

This timber board is used for a multitude of applications:
  • Handrail
  • Backing Rail
  • Deck Board
  • Fascia Board
As the board is 140mm wide, laid flat it will go over the top of any square cut newel post to form a wide flat handrail.

As the board is 34mm thick, it can be used as a deck board in conjunction with any other 34mm deck board, or laid on its edge it can be used as a fascia board to cover any raw edges of decking.

The board is mainly used as a horizontal top capping rail in conjunction with the contemporary 4 rails. Due to size of the board it does form a very handy ledge on the top of the handrail system, just right for that beer, G&T or wine glass.

Comp 6 top rail  High Level Deck 
Rope Handrail 
 

Contemporary 6 Board


 
 
Flat Comp 6 board