How to Add a Wood Stair Railing to Concrete Porch Steps

concrete steps
  • 2-5 hours
  • Advanced
  • 50-100
What You'll Need
Tape measure
Wood stair railing
Concrete drill pieces
Post holder
Outdoor paint or stain (optional)

If you are looking to add a touch of elegance and style to your concrete porch steps, a wood stair railing would be the perfect addition. Wooden railings are more commonly preferred for this purpose than other materials, such as iron, because they are easily repairable and removable and do not require extra protection against rust. To complete this easy job, follow these steps.

Step 1 - Washing Concrete

Wash your concrete steps completely, making sure that the surface is smooth and does not contain any bumps. Setting up the wood railing on a rough surface will cause instabilities.

Step 2 - Measuring and Labeling Position

Use a tape measure to determine the length of the concrete and to decide where each of the posts of the railing will be positioned. Label each of the corners and the exact spot where the drill will need to make openings. Align your post holders with the spots you have chosen in the concrete. The post holders must be situated in a way that ensures the adequate alignment of the railing.

Step 3 - Drilling Openings

Insert your drill piece into the post holder. Ensure that the drill is large enough to make openings that will easily accommodate the screws that secure the post holder. Each railing post will require two to four openings depending on which one you buy. Drill these openings one by one and then place the post holder, installing the screws on each side of the holders.

Step 4 - Securing the Posts

Twist the screws properly and utilize a wrench to set the posts into place while fixing the holder securely to the concrete. Separate the railing post holder and the railing screw with a washer. If you prefer, add another washer to separate the railing post and the concrete porch step.

Step 5 - Adding the Railing

Attach the railing into the post holders with the help of a wrench and a screwdriver. Make certain that the posts are tightly in place within the openings of the steps and no space is left, providing a tight fit. If you have trouble fitting the post into the opening, cut the post’s wood until you can easily fit it inside the steps. Be sure not to cut too much as it may cause the post to become too thin for the openings you have drilled. This will then cause the railing to wiggle and be prone to fall as it will not be effectively locked into position.

Step 6 - Finishing Touch

Guarantee that the railing is locked into position and move onto adding finishing touches. Make use of a wooden finishing polish. You can also paint your wooden railing if you want. This will benefit the railing and protect it against water and prevent it from molding and rotting. An outdoor stain can also be applied so as to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your railing.