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Old 11-19-2012, 07:43 AM   #1
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Outdoor Handrail Installation

So I'm looking to install a handrail for the steps outside my house. Trying to decide what material would be best.

PVC, Aluminum, Iron?

It's just three steps. Looking for something that's relatively affordable, but more importantly that doesn't require all that much maintenance long term

Any suggestions?
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:34 AM   #2
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Re: Outdoor Handrail Installation

I like the look of wrought iron balusters with a wooden top railing personally.

Something like this would look nice:


All you need is the wood the wood and a spade drill bit to install.



If you're looking at low maintenance, PVC is the way to go and it's the easiest to cut when installing.

Just take a look at Lowe's, they have a ton of different options.
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Re: Outdoor Handrail Installation

Actually, those are side-mounted installation. even easier.

This, just diagonally-positioned:






You could also encase it on both sides so you don't see the tops of each baluster.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:47 AM   #4
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Re: Outdoor Handrail Installation

Just 3 steps-worth of railing won't be much maintenance even if you have to paint it every year. I'd definitely go with something a little nicer-looking than PVC for such a short railing. If it was an entire deck, then the maintenance comes into play a lot more and PVC could be a more attractive option.
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Re: Outdoor Handrail Installation

Cool, thanks for the advice. I plan on going to Home Depot this weekend but didn't want to go in blind
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:38 PM   #6
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To be honest if this is a place where your going to be staying I'd look for a company that specializes in railings. I'm not too impressed with what HD has to offer. Did you look at the link I provided or looked online to see all the new products offered?
I did. You don't think a Home Depot or Lowe's would have a good selection?
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Re: Outdoor Handrail Installation

found legos or lincoln logs usually work well
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I did. You don't think a Home Depot or Lowe's would have a good selection?
From my experience they also don't have the most knowledgeable to help you.

It maybe worth your wild to have a "deck" company come out and give you a estimate.

What type of steps will this railing be installed on? Cement, wood, etc..

When I moved into my current home they had a DIY railing coming up to my front door on cement steps, it was a metal railing. Just an awful job; first thing I tore out.

Also, didn't you make a home improvements thread??? Oh geez, this would have probably fit in there.
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From my experience they also don't have the most knowledgeable to help you.

It maybe worth your wild to have a "deck" company come out and give you a estimate.

What type of steps will this railing be installed on? Cement, wood, etc..

When I moved into my current home they had a DIY railing coming up to my front door on cement steps, it was a metal railing. Just an awful job; first thing I tore out.

Also, didn't you make a home improvements thread??? Oh geez, this would have probably fit in there.
Cement

I did but it didn't quite grow the way I thought it might (guess no one else is working on home improvements), so i just started a fresh one for this topic
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I did but it didn't quite grow the way I thought it might (guess no one else is working on home improvements), so i just started a fresh one for this topic
I am just giving you a hard time.

If cement, then you are going to have to anchor it to the cement. So basically wood and PVC would be kind of out (I am guessing). IF yo uare planning on staying I say Iron or Aluminum.

I guess you can do wood on cement. I think a metal railing would look nicer personally.

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Old 11-19-2012, 02:44 PM   #11
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Honestly, I'd been leaning toward aluminum but had a couple of friends suggest PVC. Was trying to find a reason why
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Honestly, I'd been leaning toward aluminum but had a couple of friends suggest PVC. Was trying to find a reason why
cheaper, easier to work with for starters
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Honestly, I'd been leaning toward aluminum but had a couple of friends suggest PVC. Was trying to find a reason why
because it will last forever. despite what others here are saying you can get some pretty kick ass pvc/trex/composite railing. It comes in so many colors and textures and styles you can have it look any way you want. I would higly recomned by passing home depot and going to your local lumber yard, perferably one with a show room. talk to someone there with actual knowledge, not a 63 year old retired school teacher, like you would find at home depot. i've been in construction for 15 years now and i wouldn't put much of anything on the outside of my house that wasn't some form of compostie material.

and remember just because anything says it is maintainance free does not mean thats the case. everything needs a little tlc every now and then, it's just a matter of how much.
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If you're handy at the wood and aluminum setup is pretty doable. In fact the hardest part will be the mounting of the rail in a secure fashion.
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