Are horizontal Bar Railings to code?
USA residential guard rail standards permit horizontal railings. This is why we see a horizontal bar
and cable railing across the U.S. Check your local building codes office to see if horizontal
railing systems are permitted in your local jurisdiction.
What is the code for horizontal Bar Railing spacing?
In the U.S. railing code, you often hear references to the 4 inch Sphere Rule, and if stairs are
involved, you will see the 6 inch Sphere Rule referenced. The 4 Inch Sphere Rule refers to gaps
within a railing system where a 4" sphere should be unable to pass through any opening in a railing
system. The only exception to this rule is on stairs where the bottom run of the infill and the
stair tread meets a stair riser states a 6-inch sphere should be unable to pass through this
Are horizontal Bar Railings more expensive?
Horizontal railings typically cost less than vertical design with less material required for
installation. Horizontal designs also involve fewer connections which reduces the installation time,
fasteners, and hardware utilized, helping to lower the overall costs.
How far apart do horizontal Bar balusters need to be?
Balusters are the rail components used to provide infill for deck guardrails. In the U.S. railing
code, the 4 inch Sphere Rule defines the maximum spacing between balusters. When installed, the
balusters need to be able to withstand 50 pounds of pressure exerted over a 1-sqft area.
Can deck railings be horizontal?
Horizontal Railing designs allow you to utilize whatever material you want for the railing. You can
use composite, glass, cable, or settle for more conventional materials such as wood or metal, giving
you a higher degree of flexibility in design. Horizontal stainless steel Bar Railings give you the
best option when considering longevity and ease of maintenance.
Are horizontal Bar Deck Railings pet friendly?
To maintain the look and quality of the railing and to have a pet-safe railing also means
design must be safe for your pet. Railings with sharp corners or decorations are dangerous because
pets can cut or scrape themselves. Pets can also be in danger of ingesting paint chips or splinters
from flaking paint and wooden railings. The design of Inline Design's stainless steel Seattle Bar
Railing system minimizes the sharp edges with zero danger of your pet ingesting any paint chips or