How to Install a Metal Stair Rail

A stair rail is used to provide safety when a person is climbing up and down the stairs. These can be made from wood, metal and even concrete. The main disadvantage with wood and concrete stair rails is that it can break or crack anytime. With the use of metal stair rails one can be assured that it will last for a long time you can also weld the rails into different shapes and sizes to make a design or theme to add that extra spice. This not only increases the beauty of the rails but makes your staircase look different and have its own identity. You can paint the rails in one color or as a color combination to intensify the beauty of the rails in every way possible making it blend with the interior of the house and at the same time standing out because of the difference in the look. You can also enhance the walls near the stairs with the same concept so that it looks nice.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Metal vertical railing balusters
  • Metal railing brackets
  • Drill
  • Masonry bit
  • Lead masonry anchors
  • Lead masonry screws
  • Wrench
  • Rails -Metal top
  • Rails-Metal bottom
  • Rails-Metal intermediate
  • Screwdriver

Step 1 - Measure and Mark to Fit Railing Brackets

Measure the distance of the metal railing balusters vertically using the tape. Mark with a pencil the spots where the brackets of the railing are going to be set. Drill the pilot holes with a masonry bit and the bracket as a guide so that you know where you need to drill the holes.

Step 2 - Drill with the Guide of the Brackets

On the right hand side of the stairs treads, drill pilot holes with the help of the drill along with the masonry bit. Use the brackets as a guide to drill the correct position of the pilot holes accordingly.

Step 3 - Set and Fasten the Metal Brackets

Line the holes and then set the brackets of metal over the pilot holes. With the help of anchors and screws fasten the brackets of metal to the stair treads.

Step 4 - Set and Secure the Metal Brackets

Set into the brackets the vertical balusters and secure them with the help of the screw set and tighten them using a wrench

Step 5 - Assemble the Railing

Assemble the railings according to the specifications provided by the manufacturer which is mentioned in the instructional manual. Assemble the top and bottom rails accordingly and if required use the intermediate rails.

Step 6 - Fasten the Railing

Fasten each and every piece of the metal railing including the intermediate rails if you have used then into place with the screws and tighten using a wrench or a screwdriver.