Why Installing a Handrail Should Be Your Next Home Project

Installing a handrail on your property is a project that keeps on giving. Handrails have a variety of benefits, from increasing curb appeal to making your property safer. Fortunately, they also make the perfect Saturday home improvement project! At Fortin Ironworks’ DIY Handrail, we offer the strongest and most reliable DIY handrail available on the market. Easily installed with minimal assembly, they can be installed on most any stairs, porch or deck on your property in just a few hours. Read more to learn why installing a DIY wrought iron handrail should be your next home improvement project!

Improve your home’s curb appeal- Curb appeal is a huge factor when determining a home’s value. Quite simply, the nicer it looks on the outside, the higher it will be valued. An easy way to improve your home’s curb appeal is to add quality wrought iron handrails leading up to your home. There are few looks that are more classic than a black powder finish wrought iron handrail, which fits well with a variety of different styles of home. From accompanying a classic brick walkway, to pairing with a more modern concrete path, a DIY wrought iron handrail is a perfect addition to any home. 

Make your home safer- Wrought iron handrails not only make your home look better, they also make it significantly safer. Quality, reliable handrails can help make your home safer in a variety of ways. Strong handrails can help children, the elderly and those with disabilities climb stairs with confidence. They act as an anchor point, and can help prevent falls. During the winter, handrails are a necessity when entering or exiting a home. At DIY Handrail, our wrought iron handrails are built to meet or exceed local handrail codes, so they can be trusted to keep you and your loved ones safe. 

Wrought iron handrails last- While handrails can be made of a wide variety of different materials, wrought iron is by far the best. Wrought iron is stronger than aluminum, more reliable and lasts significantly longer. DIY Handrail’s wrought iron handrails are made with strong welded construction, and are built to not weaken over time. In addition, DIY Handrails feature rust proof stainless steel base plates and escutcheons.  

Customizable- One of the major benefits of DIY Handrail’s wrought iron handrails is how customizable they are. We offer a variety of models and styles, from beautiful arch handrails to classic picket styles. We provide level handrails to lead up to stairs, and newel styles to accompany them. 

Installing a handrail doesn’t have to be difficult, and at DIY Handrail, we make sure of it. Our wrought iron handrails are ready to install out of the box, and can be at your doorstep in 1-3 days. Featuring a strong and reliable black powder coat finish, they are compatible with outdoor steps, indoor steps, concrete, natural stone and wooden and composite decks. We also offer a free handrail mockup, so you can be confident that your purchase will fit your space. Just send us the measurements, and we’ll fill your cart with exactly what you need. At Fortin Ironworks’ DIY Handrail, we make installing your new wrought iron handrail a breeze, with extensive how-to videos and expert support staff. Call Joe at (614) 715-4766 today to learn more!

Slate Steps

Handrail Installation Into Slate Stairs

Slate is a beautiful natural product frequently used as a stair veneer.  Slate is also prone to cracking unless the proper precautions are taken.  When using a masonry screw fastener like the ones shown in our fastener section, you certainly want to get through the slate and into the masonry substrate below.  If you are using a standard hammer drill, there is little risk of cracking it providing it is in good condition, properly attached to the substrate and so long as you stay away from the edges (3″ or more).  If you believe it is at risk of cracking, you can turn off the hammer action until through the slate then engage the hammer action once into the substrate.  I do not suggest using a roto hammer (ie Hilti) as that much hammer action puts the slate at risk.  It is a good idea to enlarge the hole that is through the slate so the fastener threads do not engage the slate.  Do that carefully so you do not enlarge the hole within the substrate.  Try not to put too much lateral force on the slate while doing so.  It is not recommended to use expanding fasteners like wedge anchors or sleeve anchors with any veneered masonry.

Can I install my handrail into composite decking material.

Yes you can.  Composite decking itself is not strong enough alone.  What you will want to do is provide wood blocking under the composite decking so you can screw through the handrail base plate, through the composite decking and into the wood blocking below.  This could be blocking you intentionally place there or into the wood stair stringers.  The other option would be to bolt through the base plate and composite decking and use large washers and nuts below the composite decking.

Install into brick, stone or veneer

Any veneered step application can be tricky and require a different approach than concrete. The surface materials generally aren’t suitable to anchor to because the handrail will act as a lever and pry the material right off of the concrete substrate (if present). So with that in mind, the best way to combat that is to go through the surface material and into the concrete substrate below. Please refer to our FASTENER SELECTION PAGE. The one you choose will depend on how thick your bricks or veneer materials are. These fasteners are also available at most hardware stores as well.

Epoxy is a fine choice as well as the epoxy will unify the surface brick with the substrate regardless of the material. HERE is a suitable epoxy available at Home Depot. The product page offers a video of the manufacturers recommended process. You will use threaded studs like THIS. I suggest using a 5/16″ stud long enough to get through the brick and into your substrate + a minimum of 1+” embed into the substrate. Follow the manufacturers recommendation as to which size hole to drill to receive the epoxy and threaded stud. Once you have the threaded stud epoxy in you can put your handrail on the studs and us a nut to secure it.

Feel free to give me a call or email if you need further clarification or have other questions