Composite/Aluminum railing 10 foot span?


Old 04-22-04, 12:46 PM
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Composite/Aluminum railing 10 foot span?

Anyone know of a manufacturer that offers composite or aluminum railing that can span an 8'9" length.

My folks have a farmer's porch with existing beams that are 8'9" apart.
They'd like to put in railing that never needs to be painted.
They prefer white.

Old 04-22-04, 06:31 PM
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That's a long span for pretty much anything, especially a composite. The solution is to place blocks between the bottom rail and the decking of the porch as needed to shorten the span. Another solution is to extend every 6th picket (or 5th, or 7th, as needed) past the bottom rail to the decking. Accomplishes the same thing -- supports the bottom rail, and everything else is then supported.
Old 04-22-04, 10:43 PM
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OSHA limits railings to 8'-0" maximum and almost every building code adapts the OSHA railing requirements. You may want to check with your local building codes before you start planning out your deck.

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