Promenaid is the world’s first ADA code-compliant continuous handrail system combining elegance, versatility, and easy installation. Promenaid handrails can climb stairs, and navigate any corner or slope change so you can safely go where you want to go. Watch our short video here.
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) forms the foundation of the International Building Code commercial standard for handrails and to an increasing degree, the International Residential Code as well. The ADA was instituted in order to provide equal access to public and commercial buildings for individuals with physical handicaps.
A conforming handrail, according to the ADA as well as most accessibility and safety standards worldwide, is:
- Round (or equivalent)
- 1¼” – 2” in diameter
- 1½” minimum from the wall
- At least 1½” above any horizontal protrusion
- A continuous handrail on and between stairs, ramps, landings and extends horizontally at least 12” at the tops and bottoms of slopes
- Note that the 12” horizontal extension may run in the same direction as the sloped railing or wrap around a corner.
ADA Handrails Specifications
ADA Handrails on stairs must terminate with a 90-degree return to the wall (often referred to as an “ADA Return” or “Wall Return”) to prevent items such as clothing, bags or emergency fire hoses from becoming hooked or tangled over the end of the railing.
Secondary handrails are required on ramps that are more than 18 inches above grade.
The shape of the loop is not defined but it must be in the same “plane” as the railing. A “D-loop” is a common configuration since it requires two simple 90-degree turns back towards its original direction.
A handrail must withstand at least 500 lb of force to satisfy the International Building Code commercial standard and our ADA handrails meet this requirement.
ADA Handrails Questions
If you have any questions about ADA Handrails or if you would like to speak to one of our handrail specialists, we invite you to contact us today. It will be our pleasure to answer your questions and help you find the best solution for your unique requirements.