How to Choose the Best Commercial Railing Style for Your Building

Posted On 15th May 2017

Deciding on the best commercial railing system for your property, whether you’re entirely new to the process or doing a rebuild, might seem daunting at first. How do you choose the best style and material, and what all do you have to consider in the process?

Thankfully, it’s not too complicated once you know what you need and why. In this article, we’ll cover how to choose the best commercial railings that fit your situation, including the main factors to consider during the process.

Location, Location, Location

One of the first things to keep in mind when choosing new railings is the whereabouts of your commercial railings. Are you interested in setting them up inside, outside, or both? These details are important for choosing the railings best for your situation.

Here are some railing styles to consider for both:

  • Stair rails
  • Guardrails
  • Deck rails
  • Balcony rails

And then, there are the added components to include, such as:

  • Brackets
  • Clips
  • Couplings
  • Gates
  • Grab bars
  • Swivel fittings
  • And more

Choosing Outdoor Railings

If you’re looking for railings to put in an outdoor location, such cable railings on a deck landing, the lining of an outdoor staircase, or even bike racks, the type of material you choose needs to be durable enough to handle outside conditions. For example, our aluminum pipes are created and galvanized with a protective to resist corrosion and rust.

You’ll also want to think about your city’s local codes when it comes to railings outside. For example, if you have a deck that is more than 24 inches off the ground, the appearance or spacing between the rails could be affected.

Choosing Indoor Railings

Compared to outdoor railings, indoor railings often leave you with more options. You have more leeway to choose materials that are more delicate since they won’t come into contact with harsh weather or outdoor aspects; harmless finger- and handprints are really your biggest worries. You can think about more specific designs that match the atmosphere and style of your commercial building (more on that below)

But just like outdoor railings, local building codes matter. Make sure your plans fit neatly within the safety regulations in your area.

Choosing the Best Materials

With the above details in mind, make sure the materials of your railings are best for your situation too. We have a great post on this here that will help you choose the best material type for your commercial railings.

Find Railings that Match, But Don’t Overpower

Choose railings that complement the building and rooms they’ll be residing in but that don’t overpower anything. They don’t need to be really fancy or act as a centerpiece for design. At most, they could subtly add a little extra personality of your commercial property.

For example, you could choose railings for your stairways that are basic and sleek, maybe with a colored powder coat that matches, to make them look slightly elegant. Think about the style of your commercial building, whether outdoor, indoor, or both, and choose railings that work well with it.

At the end of the day, the best commercials railings are those that stand up to time, the elements, and plenty of traffic through your property. Style is important too, but going for something more low-key but that fits the environment is usually the most reliable option (and often, the most cost effective!).

At BuyRailings, we have an entire stock of aluminum and stainless steel commercial railing materials to choose, from pipes to various railing components and setup kits. Take a look at what we have that best fits the style of your building.


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