Pricing and Costs of Handrails

By Terri Deno, writer
Sep 14, 2011
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Choose the right handrails for a variety of spots in your building

Handrails are an important part of any building that has stairs or slopes that those with injuries or health conditions might find difficult to navigate. Indoor handrails are just as important as outdoor hand rails, so any contractor working on a commercial building should consider where safety handrails should be installed.

All buildings will need stair handrails, but other types of buildings, like nursing homes and hospitals, will need additional sets of handrails in targeted areas. Hand railings options vary widely. To get the best deal when looking at the pricing and costs of handrails, consider your options:

1. The length of the handrails needed.

2. The material the handrails are made from, usually either stainless steel or wood.

3. Whether you need a special piece, such as a handrail that rounds a corner.

Choose steel handrails for durability and traction

Stainless steel handrails can stand up to the harshest outdoor elements, and inside steel handrails will last for many years. And because they are strong and durable, they are one of the top products used to make safety railings. Prices for steel handrails can be as low as $25 for grip bars, and up to $2,000 and up for larger staircases and handrail systems.

Consider wooden handrails for a cost saving, customizable option

Wooden handrails are often considered the most decorative handrails on the market. This is because you can easily put together your own handrails system with different types of wood and different shapes. Since wood is so customizable, most companies sell wooden handrails by the foot, charging $9 to $44 per foot.

Find the handrails for your building's staircases

If you need to put together a handrail system for a flight of stairs, choosing the right parts is essential to installing a functional handrail. Handrails for stairs come in a variety of types and sizes, so you could spend anywhere from $500 to $2,500 on a complete handrail depending on the type of material you use, as well as the style.
  • Most of the time, commercial handrails are installed for safety purposes. But with the strength and durability of many handrail materials, you can create handrails that are not only safe, but beautiful as well.
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