Modern Horizontal guardrails –also called Horizontal Bar railings- are a modern take on powder-coated aluminum railings, and add value to the curb appeal of apartments, condominiums, and single-family residences, as well as stairs and ramps. Powder-coated aluminum, Modern Horizontal guardrails are durable and attractive, and are engineered to meet the current IBC code requirements for lateral load and point loading.
An outdoor deck adds essential living space for a modern home--a space for friends and family to relax and enjoy the outdoors all day and into the evening. And it doesn't just come down to having the appropriate deck treatment. Installing a guard rail that is stable and resilient is a top priority for everyone’s safety and enjoyment.
Horizontal deck railings, also called horizontal guardrails, provide necessary safety features while offering various aesthetic options. You can choose a design to reflect your taste and enhance the natural beauty of your space with less obstruction. American Railworks LLC has the experience and expertise to create beautiful and unique modern railing designs that will serve as the crown jewel of your outdoor living space.
Modern horizontal deck railings offer a stylish, contemporary spin on traditional powder-coated aluminum railings. Horizontal deck railings are attractive, durable, and engineered for safety, in compliance with IBC (International Building Code) requirements.There are numerous benefits to installing a horizontal metal rail system over a vertical design, including:
Materials: The versatility of building materials allows for a wide range of horizontal deck railings design options. The most common building materials are glass, cable, composite, wood, and metal.
Installation: Horizontal deck railings are easy to install because they do not require balusters, making them less labor intensive than vertical guardrails. This also allows greater flexibility in determining the deck railing height, even with steel cable railing.
Aesthetic: Modern deck railings add curb appeal and value to single-family homes, condominiums, apartments, ramps, and stairs. Having a railing design that complements your deck surface will take your deck project to the next level.
Can Deck Railings Be Horizontal?
The United States residential standards allow horizontal deck railings; however, they are not allowed in all countries.How Far Apart Should the Horizontal Deck Railing Be?
International Residential Code (IRC) mandates a minimum height of 36” for a horizontal deck railing. Additionally, the IRC code for the spacing between the baluster’s mandates no more than 4”.Can Guardrails Be Horizontal?
The United States residential standards allow horizontal guard rails; however, they are not allowed in all countries or jurisdictions. For example, the Canadian residential building code prohibits any railing that allows climbing by children.Are Horizontal Railings Safe?
Well-maintained outdoor deck railings systems are safe for adults and well-supervised children. Powder-coated aluminum railings will not develop mildew or rot like wood or degrade due to temperature fluctuations like vinyl, making them the ideal material for safety and longevity.
Some children may try to climb a horizontal guardrail, which presents a safety hazard. On the other hand, vertical guardrails may be a danger to children who try to put their heads between two rails. Practicing common sense and providing adult supervision for small children will ensure an enjoyable outdoor experience.
At American Railworks we strive to provide innovative railing solutions for homes, businesses, and public spaces. Our commitment to delivering exceptional service and top-quality work on our deck railing designs has made us Seattle’s premier railing contractor since 1991. Enjoy your outdoor space this year with a horizontal metal rail system made with the most dependable building materials.
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