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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.


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 specifications

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Promenaid handrails meet these safety and accessibility standards

A. Adjustable or fixed elbows for continuity along slope changes and around corners
B. Round profile, 1½” diameter
C. Snap-on wall return to conform to ADA
D. Patented brackets support over 500 pounds each, “L” shape for unobstructed wall space

ADA handrail 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.

Get a handrail that meets the ADA safety and accessibility standards.

Contact us to find out how easy and fast it is to have your Promenaid handrail designed, delivered, and installed.


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