Under regulations put out by the American disabilities act, there is a requirement for handrails in almost any new building or a renovated space. As commercial facilities will have to install railings in Miami, it’s very important that you know the requirements for your business. Luckily, there are a wide range of styles available for hand rails including artistic custom handrails that can be ADA complaint. Here are some of the top requirements for any ADA handrails:
If a slope is less than 1:20th handrail needs to comply with section 505 of the general site and building elements rulings. This states that handrails are going to be required along accessible routes and ramps where the rises over 6 inches.
Installing railings in Miami needs to be done on every ramp run or stair flights throughout your commercial property. This also means installing railings along ramps, switchbacks, doglegs and more. Measuring the elevation of an area and checking to make sure that it’s under 6 inches could help you manage areas without handrails.
Handrails can be located only on one side if the handrails are located within an aisle width or if an aisle area is used for seating. Handrails also need to be at a consistent height between 34 to 38 inches above the walking surface or stair.
Buildings used for children may have a second set of hand rails at a max height of 28 inches. A minimum clearance vertically of 9 inches between two sets of handrails is also a requirement.
Handrails also need to be constructed using experienced installers. Only 20% of the length may be obstructed at the bottom and a handrail bracket may not be any closer than 1 ½ inches from the gripping surface at the bottom. Round handrails need to be between one and one 1 ¼ to 2 inches in diameter.
Reading up on full compliance before you install a handrail or working with an installation professional that has experience in handrails with ADA compliance remains an important step for your business. If you are in need of railings in Miami contact our staff today. Also check out our work!