Aluminum stair railing not only improves security, they can be attractive if properly installed. If you need to replace an old banister, or you’re looking to install new rails, you can do it pretty easily with supplies purchased from your local hardware store. There are several different types of barriers, including guard rails secured to a wall, free-standing handrails and railings installed where there are no stairs. Aluminum railings are more suitable for a wall than for a standalone installation, aluminum may not be robust enough to stand alone. Aluminum stair railing is also convenient because they are lighter in weight and does not require paint like wood railings do.
Mark layout. There are building codes that dictate how high a stair railing should be – generally 30 “to 38” railing against a wall. Contact your local building and development department to confirm the standards for your area. Using the tape measure, mark two points at the same height – one at the top of the stairs and at the bottom. Snap a chalk line between these two points. Locate the wall studs with a stud finder and mark their location along the chalk line. Attach wall brackets. Using a level, mark the positions of the brackets. Ask a friend to help you by holding the brackets in place while you punch a hole in the wall with an awl. With your drill, you can now drill small pilot holes and secure the brackets in place.
Attach the handrail. Add the railing on the brackets and double check that the railing lays close to all the consoles. Make sure the rack is in the correct position, and then mark the screw holes on the rack. With proper drilling, drilling screws through the brackets and into the railing of the places you have selected. Install railing returns. Railing returns are lids that are secured on the ends of the rack for decoration and to prevent them from catching on clothing, or otherwise cause damage. Your aluminum stair railing probably arrived by rail returns. Install according to the manufacturer’s instructions.