Commercial railing is designed for use on commercial properties, such as apartment buildings, condos, motels or anywhere there is a balcony requiring a safety barrier. Commercial railing is subject to strict requirements for building safety.
CertainTeed offers a variety of commercial railing systems that meet the requirements of the International Code Council (ICC), an independent, nonprofit organization responsible for the development of national model construction codes. The ICC Evaluation Service, Inc. (ICC-ES) is the leading source of technical information on building codes, products and technology in the United States. ICC-ES conducts technical evaluations of building products, components, methods, and materials. Building industry professionals look to ICC-ES evaluation reports for evidence that products and systems meet code requirements.
The International Building Code (IBC) addresses the design and installation of building systems such as commercial railing through requirements emphasizing performance. The provisions of this code apply to the design and construction of all buildings and structures, except for the buildings and structures that comply with the IRC (International Residential Code).
- The IBC includes the following requirements for commercial railing:
Open walking surfaces, mezzanines, industrial equipment platforms, stairways, ramps and landings that are located more than 30" above grade Flat rails not less than 42" in height
- Stair rails not less than 34" and not more than 38" in height measured vertically from the nose of the tread
- Floor spacing on flat applications of not more than 4"
- Baluster spacing on flat applications of not more than 4"
- Triangular openings on open sides of stairways not more than 6"
To attain IBC compliance, commerical railing products must go through a stringent evaluation process. An independent testing agency approved by the ICC must test the commercial railing product for compliance, supplying certified test results upon completion.
CertainTeed offers the following commercial railing systems as part of its EverNew® line:
The Oxford vinyl railing system
meets IBC standards for building safety. It has undergone independent testing as designated in report CCRR-0187. Oxford is suitable for commercial railing applications and is approved for multi-family dwellings and over-three-story installations.
Kingston vinyl railing
meets IRC standards for building safety. It has undergone independent testing as designated in report CCRR-0211. Kingston is approved for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses not more than three stories in height.
Panorama® composite railing
has undergone third party testing as designated in report CCRR-0115. Panorama is approved for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses not more than three stories in height.
EverNew commercial railing systems meet stringent requirements for safety and performance. Safe, secure and durable, our residential and commercial railing systems are engineered to provide years of worry-free enjoyment.
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