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Old 05-11-2007, 05:55 PM   #1
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Deck Railing Height?


What is code for a second story balcony railing height? anyone have a code book? Thanks.
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Old 05-11-2007, 06:09 PM   #2
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Where you located? could be 36", could be 42"

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Re: Deck Railing Height?


Possibly: not less than 36".....

However, I believe that it varies by region ... check with your local inspectional services for their requirements....
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For most of the country its 36" to the top of the handrail
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I don't have a codebook in front of me, - - but I believe what he's talking about would fall more under the line of a 'guard-rail', - - for which I believe the required height would be 36" for a single family dwelling, - - or 42" for a multi-family dwelling . . .

And your location may well come into play, - - as stated above.

If possible, - - beings it's second floor, - - I'd suggest you just go with the 42" either way . . .
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For most of the country its 36" to the top of the handrail
I think you're confusing handrail with guardrail . . .
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residential 36" commercial 42" This is deck,not staircase
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I think you're confusing handrail with guardrail . . .
I beleive he said railings ? The word guardrail to me is this.Either or he should still check his local code
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Balcony railings fall under "guardrails" in the code book. They would certainly not be less than 42" anywhere for a balcony, and probably more in some places.
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Re: Deck Railing Height?


Here is a little more detail on railing codes

International Residential Code
The IRC stipulates that railing products meet the following
criteria:

•Porches, balconies or raised floor surfaces
more than 30" above grade
•Flat rails not less than 36" in height
•Stair rails not less than 34" in height, measured vertically
from the nose of the tread
•Floor spacing on flat applications of not more than 4"
•Baluster spacing on flat applications of not more than 4"
•Triangular openings on open sides of stairways not more
than 6"

International Building Code
The IBC includes the following requirements:

•Open walking surfaces, mezzanines, industrial equipment
platforms, stairways, ramps and landings which are located
more than 30" above grade
•Flat rails not less than 42" in height
•Stair rails not less than 34" and not more than 38" in height
measured vertically from the nose of the tread
•Floor spacing on flat applications of not more than 4"
•Baluster spacing on flat applications of not more than 4"
•Triangular openings on open sides of stairways not more
than 6"
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I beleive he said railings ? The word guardrail to me is this.Either or he should still check his local code


My bad . . .
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Old 05-14-2007, 08:16 PM   #13
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I wouldn't be so quick to capitulate, Tom. I've built stairs, stair rails and guardrails in homes and commercial sites since 1969 in every New England state, NY state, colorado, arizona, california, and florida, and I've never even heard of a flat rail. Even the GC's I subed from in Westchester County NY called them guardrails.

Also, every state I've worked in has used the BOCA code. But maybe when BOCA changed it's name real recently, they changed the terminology so it looked like they were doing something, I don't know.

The attached PDF has three pages of guardrail specs and stair rail (handrail) specs, and makes no mention of "flat rails". It's the most recent edition of the "Uniform National Building Code" (by ICBO which was Boca until sometime in 2003) that I saw on a quick search. Page 2 has the most pertinent information.

At any rate, since most of the carpenters I know are familiar with the pre-2003 terminology, I think I will still call them "guardrails" so they will know what I'm talking about.

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