Useful Code Info
- What are some of the main safety regulations for railing installations?
To assure safety on residential and commercial properties, each City has building codes that we strongly recommend you to check and comply with. Even if your property is not going through inspection (renovations, flips, etc.), a code-compliant railing system can be a good asset for a future sale. Here are some important requirements and guidelines for railing projects throughout the Los Angeles County:
- If you have a drop of at least 30" on the other side of your guard, the code requires a fence of at least 42" from the base floor surface;
- Glass panels must be tempered to withstand the forces and must be connected to each other;
- Glass thickness can't be lower than 1/4". LA Railings recommends 1/2" thick panels for most installations. However, 3/8" panels can be safe enough for some circumstances; LA Railings works with premium high-quality tempered panels only. We can offer different finishes for the panels, but we'll never provide glass panels that do not meet our own standards of quality and strength which meets or surpasses the strict building codes of the City of Los Angeles.
For cable or rods:
- The distance between the cables or rods can't exceed 4" in any part of the installation, even through a pulling force equivalent to a 50lb weight. That's why we recommend the cables to be spaced about 3" from each other. For rods, the nominal 4" distance is enough since there's no deflection on tubes and bars.
- What are the main regulations for handrails?
- According to local codes, any stairway with four risers or more requires at least one handrail. The surface of the handrail must be graspable, it can't be closer than 1-1/2" from the wall, must be between 34" to 38" high from the nose of the thread and needs to withstand loads of at least 200 pounds in any direction. And, if the width of your stairs is larger than 44", you'll need handrails on both sides.
- What are the main regulations for cable railing installations?
- The basic standards for a cable railing installation are the same as other railings', however, since you have space between cables, The distance between the cables or rods by code can not exceed 4" in any part of the installation, even through a pulling force equivalent to a 50lb weight. That's why we recommend the cables to be spaced about 3" from each other. For rods, the nominal 4" distance is enough since there's no deflection on tubes and bars.The distance between posts can't be excessive either, so deflection of cables don't become a factor. This rule was created and is enforced mainly to protect children who are naturally playful and curious.
- Pricing: Why it can be so different?
There are a number of reasons why a modern railing installation can differ so much in price. From quality of hardware to the amount of labor charge, the price per linear foot installed can vary sometimes as much as 400%! Low prices (per linear foot) are generally linked to simple but large installations, on flat level areas with easy access and without use of costly accessories and connectors. On the other hand, smaller projects and more challenging installations with costlier materials like angled glass (for stairs) or special cut panels, special and custom glass finishes or hardware, frequent use of connectors and rare/ hard to find accessories, fascia-mount railings on hard to access surfaces like higher floors and so on, can easily increase the price per linear foot. Make sure you contact LA Railings to get a free estimate for your project. We'll gladly answer your questions to help you make a more informed decision. And as importantly, our high quality systems are also priced competitively; in fact, we generally beat any qualified competitor's detailed offer using comparable hardware and workmanship.
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