ADA Compliant Guidelines
ADA compliant handrails are required in all new commercial buildings and remodeled buildings in the United States. Don’t think of ADA compliant guidelines as building code requirements; they are a part of a civil rights legislation that establishes accessibility standards.
In order to receive ADA compliance certification, handrail products must follow a number of strict rules:
- Commercial: The railing must be continuous and smooth, and it must be located on both sides of stairways, ramps, etc.
- Commercial: The railing needs to be 34-38 inches high for stairs and 42 inches high on any flat areas.
- Residential: The railing must be a minimum of 36 inches high.
- For wall mount railings the space between the handrail and the wall or any other obstruction must be 1.5 inches or more.
- An ADA compliant handrail must not rotate in its fitting
- The end of the handrail must either be rounded or return smoothly into the floor, a wall, or a post.
These are just a few of the many requirements that are obligatory for ADA compliant handrails.