Vancouver deck railing height, safety & standards

December 12th, 2017 | in Panorama Glass Blog
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Safety is incredibly important when doing any kind of home renovations. You have to make sure that you’re not cutting corners, making mistakes, and possibly building something that’s going to end up hurting someone. One of the best ways to ensure that you make the right choices is by following building codes.

The codes set rules and regulations for anyone doing any work on a home. Things have to be placed in the right area, wires have to be installed correctly, and building materials have to be used in the correct manner.

When it comes to deck railings, building codes are an important thing to look over before you make any decisions. For example, when you’re looking over a brand new frameless glass deck railing system, you want to make sure you’ve chosen the right height.

Here’s a simple explanation. Railings, or guards, aren’t required on any deck less than 24 inches (60 cm) above grade. For decks that are between 24 inches and 5 feet 10 inches (180 cm), you need to install a 36 inch (90 cm) high railing. And for decks above 5’10”, you need a 42 inch (107 cm) high railing.

The downside, of course, is that the higher the railing, the less you see. If you buy a standard metal or wood railing, you’re losing a lot of the view that you’re paying for. In Vancouver, that view is one of the most important benefits of having a higher deck.

This is why getting a frameless glass deck railing is the best choice for railings in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. You will still achieve the perfect height on your railing, Panorama Railing will be installing the safest system you can get, and you’ll enjoy your amazing view.  So come visit us and we’ll show you the best railing system you can imagine.

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