Every now and again, due to lack of proper support on your stairway, you may feel all wobbly while climbing up or down. The rain makes it even worse. Think of a slight slip of your foot, or missing a step! It's an unsettling feeling, isn't it? The best solution to this is the addition of nice handrails. Apart from offering you balance while you walk, it also makes you feel a lot safer, and keeps that feeling of tumbling down at bay. Needless to say, pretty handrails increase the aesthetic value of the stairway as well. Whether indoor or outdoor rails, there is a fabulous variety to choose from. Wood, stone, metal, cement... These are just a few of the materials you can think of once you figure out how to install outdoor handrails. Apart from that, they'd be a good look for the interiors of your home too. Handrails made of wood always have a certain appeal when used within your home too.
How to Install an Exterior Handrail
Let's get started with the installation to prevent accidents that might happen. Use something that's prefabricated so as to simplify the job for yourself. To set up the outdoor stair railing you will need:
- Preassembled handrail set
- Masonry supplies
- Measuring tape
- Mounting brackets
- Stud finder
- Concrete adhesive
- Lag bolts
- Safety glasses & gloves
The installation of the handrail depends entirely on the conditions surrounding the area where the installment needs to take place. If there is wall space around the stairway, the handrail can be attached to the wall, if not, the option of using posts is always available. If you are using the wall to fix the handrail, it is important to make sure that the surface is an even surface (no cracks, shouldn't be broken). In case of any such problem, fix the wall with concrete adhesive before moving onto other fixtures. Also ensure a clean surface so as to make it easier to work on, thus making the installment procedure less tiresome as well. The next step to move on to is locating studs. Using the stud finder, keep the stud in the center and mark the points on the wall. Once the points have been marked on the wall, you can proceed towards fixing the mounting brackets. With the help of a drill, make holes in the wall depending on the size of the brackets being used. Fixing them will be easiest with the use of wall nuts. Once all these steps are taken care of, it's time to insert the posts for the rails into the brackets. Next, with the help of screws, you attach the main handrail strip into the posts. This will hold the rail well in place. This is it. The handrail is mounted safely.
The mentioned procedure was regarding affixing handrails to an outdoor wall. In situations where you do not have a wall to work with, the posts will have to be fixed into the ground or surface of the stairs, so as to provide stability for the rails. The rest of the process will stay quite the same.
Moving on, we just went over the instructions regarding installation, if you do need help with some nice design styles to choose from, here's a little bit regarding that too.
Designs and Patterns
Choosing a good looking banister for your outdoor stairway can be confusing, especially when there are so many different kinds of handrails for steps these days! Inevitably, whenever I think of wood banisters, the first thing I think of is elegant wood balustrades painted a pristine white! The look is such a classic, it's almost too proper to go wrong! Wrought iron is another material that is elegance personified. The option of a lot of intricate details makes it a pretty option for an outdoor handrail. For a more rugged look and feel, turn to stone balusters. While those white wooden ones look like they've come out of a fairytale, these stone ones will have a more mature appeal to them. For a more contemporary appearance, stainless steel is a great pick. A clean, no-nonsense look, this material looks rather chic. You could also get creative and use a mix of materials to achieve an original look. All you gotta do is keep in mind that it should work well for the outdoors.
Now that you have an idea regarding both, installation as well as patterns, go ahead and find the perfect banister to suit your home.