Installing an Aluminum Porch Railing in Concrete
Whenever you are installing aluminum porch railing into concrete, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind to make this process easier. You will find that this process is not one that is very difficult, as long as you have the proper tools and a basic understanding of how it all works.
Step 1 – Measure
The first thing that you will need to do is get the height as well as the length of your porch railing measured. Typically, the standard height for a porch railing is somewhere between 36 and 42 inches. It is important that you know the height you want first. Make sure that you also measure the stairways if there will be handrails. It is common that the minimum amount of distance between your support posts is around 12 inches. They should be no more than 36 inches apart.
Step 2 – Choose Railings
Whenever you are choosing a porch railing for concrete, you will need to be sure that it has longer support posts than a porch rail made for a floor base. Make sure that you keep this in mind whenever you are getting your railings.
Step 3 – Attachment
You will need to use a post plate mounting system of steel for your aluminum porch railing. You will attach your first post onto the wall using your mounting brackets. One that is near the top and one that is above your baluster rail baseline will be needed. Your base plate needs to be set just underneath your post. Make sure that you mark each spot where your 4 anchor bolts will go into each of your aluminum posts. You will need to get 1/2-inch bolt holes drilled, there should be 4 total. They need to be 3¼ inches deep into your concrete surface. After you have done this, you will need to get the bolt put together by securing the nut on top of each of your holes. Your steel post needs to then be set into the base plate. Once you have done this, the bolts need to then be drilled through the base plate going into the actual holes. The porch rail skirt then needs to be put onto the post. Wrap the aluminum outer post completely around it.
You will then need to install your next support post and get it attached to the base rail for your balusters. Make sure that you insert every single one of your balusters and make sure they are secure by pressing down on them tightly. Once you have done this, you are ready to get the top rail fastened onto your second post. You will repeat this process throughout until they are all attached. You will finish up by getting the final post to your wall of the house at the far end of the porch railing attached.