USA: Handrails: Handrail Manufacturers





Handrails are provided as a protective device on stairs, landings, and balconies. They are normally made of steel, stainless steel, or aluminium. Cable is sometimes used as an intermediate horizontal rail; alternatively laminated or tempered glass panels may be used. Model codes for handrail dimensions are published by the International Code Council, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). A wide variety of brackets is available to complement steel, stainless steel, and aluminum handrails.  




The leading manufacturers, described below, have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects, including online catalogs, colours and materials.


American Railing Systems. American Railing Systems Inc., founded over 60 years ago, is based in Erie, Pennsylvania. It is a leading manufacturer of aluminum and stainless steel handrails, including aluminum deck railings, aluminum pipe railings, and aluminum hand railings. Its website describes a wide range of available sections for: Standard Top Rails, Standard Posts, Standard Intermediate Rails, Standard Insert & Bottom Channels, and Glass & Panel Framing. Handrails parts are stocked in White, Bronze, and Black. Other standard colors are: Cream, Beige, Clay, Gray, Glen Green, Evergreen, and Brown. Exotic colors include: Wedgwood Blue, Wineberry, and Red. Exact colors can be matched if required. American Railing Systems has a product catalog of standard designs for aluminum handrails; it also has the capability to supply custom fabrications. 


Innovative Aluminum Systems. Innovative Aluminum Systems is a supplier of aluminum building products, including handrails, which is based in Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada. Its aluminum picket style systems do not need maintenance, and are available in nine standard colors from white through almond to fence green and black. Its aluminum rails comply with American Architectural Manufacturers Association standards for durability of organic coatings. Innovative Aluminum Systems also manufactures glass rails in which the glass panels are held in an aluminum framing. Innovative Aluminum Systems aims to maximise cost-effectiveness by 'putting the aluminum' where it counts. The rails and posts are designed to put the metal where it is needed, while taking metal out of low-stress areas, so as to produce the strongest possible system.


S&S Manufacturing. S&S Manufacturing, of East Brunswick, New Jersey, is a leading manufacturer of architectural railings. Rails are manufactured from aluminum, stainless steel, brass, and bronze. It was established in 1985 by Steven Silverman. The S&S Manufacturing website is organized into the following main sections: ADA Railings, Balcony & Terrace Rails, Glass Railings, Mass Transit Railngs, Public School & University Rails, Types & Finishes, Restoration Projects, and Specifications. Mass Transit projects include installations for the New York City Transit Authority and the Metropolitan Transit Authority including the Long Island Railroad. S&S Manufacturing has substantial experience in restoration projects, dealing with issues including water penetration, and working in occupied buildings.


Tom's Quality Millwork. Tom's Quality Millwork, based in Ashford Wisconsin, is a family owned and operated manufacturer of hardwoods founded in 1985. Beginning with a 2,000 square foot facility, the plant has now grown to over 300,000 square foot. In addition to handrails, the product range includes surfaced four sides lumber, moldings, wainscoting, beadboard, jambs, and stair parts. Available timbers include oak, maple, and poplar. Tom's Quality Millwork stair parts are produced from premium quality northern red oak, giving a warm color, rich grain, and sanded surface.


Virginia Railing & Gates. Virginia Railing & Gates, of Ashland, Virginia, is a leading manufacturer of hand railings and gates. It has a four generation experience in metal crafting. Its product range is presented at its website in the following categories: Aluminum, Brass, Cable, Commercial, Exterior, Glass, Interior, Pipe, Porch, Residential, Spiral, Steel, and Wood Style Handrails. Available finishes include: Aliphatic Acrylic Urethane Gloss, Coraflon ADS Fluoropolymer Coating, and Powder Coating. Virginia Railing & Gates product range extends from traditional residential designs to commercial safety railing. All their products meet or exceed Federal safety requirements, including ADA, UFAS and ICC/ANSI standards.




You may also like to visit our USA product guides on: Balustrades, Stair Railings, and Stair Treads.


Publisher: Abacus Construction Index is a professionally edited directory of recommended construction websites, published by Extonet Ltd. It is financed only by Google advertising; no payment is received from included websites.


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