Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need an Inspection to Install an Outdoor Handrail?

Although outdoor handrail inspections are not always required by law, these inspections hold significance due to factors like HOA guidelines, insurance considerations, and mortgage conditions. Our exploration of this topic will shed some light on who might require inspections, the best time to get one, and the specific aspects that demand attention. As you learn […]
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What Size & Type of Handrail Do I Need?

With years of experience crafting easy-to-install handrails, DIY Handrail is your trusted partner in ensuring safety and style for your space. Choosing the right handrail is crucial as it provides essential support and enhances the overall appeal of your property. On the other hand, the wrong handrail can jeopardize safety and compromise the functionality of […]

The Best Iron Handrail Fasteners for Every Surface

Wrought iron handrails are an excellent choice for your outdoor and indoor spaces, as they provide a classic, stylish look while being durable and long-lasting. However, choosing the best fasteners to attach them to any surface securely is a very important step in making sure your wrought iron handrails are safe for their maximum lifespan. […]

How to Pick the Right DIY Handrail Kit

DIY handrail kits have become increasingly popular among homeowners, as they offer a simple, cost-effective solution for improving the safety and accessibility of outdoor and indoor spaces. However, not all DIY handrail kits are created equal. There are a number of considerations to keep in mind to ensure that you are getting a safe, durable […]

How to Install a Handrail on Concrete

At DIY Handrail, our mission is to provide people with quality iron handrails that they can install on their own. So, whether you’re replacing an old wobbly railing or installing one for the very first time, our complete guide will teach you how to install a handrail on concrete. How to Install a Level Handrail […]

The Benefits of Wrought Iron Railing

We believe in the benefits of wrought iron railing, which is why we have been in the business for more than 75 years. Wrought iron railing has been used for hundreds of years because it has key advantages over other railing materials, and offers property owners several benefits. We understand the benefits of wrought iron […]

How to Choose the Right Wrought Iron Railing

One of the best parts about wrought iron railing can also be one of the most frustrating. These extremely customizable railings provide an affordable, stylish, and functional option for quality DIY Handrails that you can install yourself. However, if you’re anything like me, the existence of so many styles and choices can be overwhelming. The […]

Why You Should Install a Wrought Iron Handrail

Homeowners have a lot of responsibilities, including but not limited to maintaining a safe and visually appealing home. One of the most effective things you can do as a property owner is install wrought iron handrails on your property. For hundreds of years, wrought iron handrails have been used to decorate, improve security, and increase […]

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 […]

How Handrails Help Promote Mobility For The Elderly

Stairs provide a unique challenge for the elderly. They’re an everyday mountain to climb and can be difficult to summit over and over again. They can also be surprisingly dangerous. Falls are the leading cause of death in people 65 or older, and 60 percent of those falls involve steps or stairs. It’s been found […]


Fortin Welding & Manufacturing Inc. of Columbus, Ohio warrants all new products manufactured at the Columbus location, against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year from substantial completion and agrees to repair or replace any defective product without charge. IMPORTANT: This warranty does not cover damage resulting from accident, misuse, or […]

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 […]

Do you offer other colors of iron handrails?

A wrought iron handrails color has historically been black.  Therefore, we offer our handrails in durable black powder coat finish.  However, the black powder coat that is on the handrail will serve you well as a base coat for any color of your choosing.  You can simply paint directly over the powder coat finish.  It […]

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 […]

I need a larger handrail

The largest we have available to ship is our Picket #4 and Arch #4 due to UPS shipping size restrictions.  That being said, It is possible to use 2 rails to span the length of your steps depending on your layout.  If you have the means to send a picture to me with some measurements, […]

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 […]

Returns, Refunds and Exchanges Policy

How To Return An Item I’d be happy to make suggestions to help you fit your handrail to your steps.  Feel free to call or email Joe (614) 715-4766 You may be responsible for all shipping costs unless there is a manufacturer defect. Your item must be in its original unused condition to be […]

Handrail Maintenance

How often do I have to paint my handrail to help prevent against rusting? As a home owner you are aware that all outdoor items will require maintenance. After your handrail has been installed, you may notice minimal surface rust in the joints or seams. To maintain the ironwork it is best to clean the […]

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