A brick stair railing

Most banisters are made of wood or metal, and glass and plastics are increasingly visible. There is another, rather rustic form of the banister, which also has its charm: the brick stair railing. How to build a masonry stair railing and what must be considered, you will find here in this guide.

The architecture is also important in a staircase

First, stairs have the task of connecting two floors or levels. In addition, however, the stylistic effect of a staircase has been important for centuries. This has resulted in a veritable diversity of products and materials for staircases:

  • Wood and wood materials
  • metals
  • Glass
  • Plastics (such as acrylic glass, PMMO)
  • Combinations of the mentioned materials

The style of the stair railing

But there is also another form of stair railing that has almost been forgotten in recent years: the masonry stair railing. Instead of the materials already mentioned, a wall is simply pulled up next to the stairs. Then a handrail is attached to the wall.

Not every staircase is good for a bricked railing

Of course, not every staircase is suitable for a walled banister. This includes, for example, the spiral staircase. But the masonry stair railing is the more practical for other stair structures. This includes the opposite staircase with intermediate platform. Between the two staircases simply a wall is pulled up.

Use in a double, counter-rotating staircase with pedestal

At the bottom flight of stairs, this wall is pulled up considerably, it should finally be sufficient as a stair railing for the second staircase above. So it is all the more important to attach a handrail to the lower half of the staircase. Above, a beveled wall surface (analogous to the inclination of the stairs) suffice. The "parapet height" should be 90 cm, as in a normal parapet.

Put the masonry stair railing on the stairs

But some do-it-yourselfers and builders also have the idea of ​​not placing this masonry stair railing next to the staircase but on top of it. This is not an optimal solution. In some circumstances, this solution can even be a high risk. But if you really want to build your masonry stair railing on the stairs, you must first clarify with the structural engineer, if that releases.

Very expensive to put the wall on the stairs - if it works

Then the wall would have to be anchored but also with the stairs. So the stairs would have to be drilled to anchor appropriate Moniereisen. This in turn assumes that it is a concrete staircase. But also the manufacturer of the stairs must be contacted. The manufacturer would now have to confirm that the stairs should be drilled accordingly, without losing their stability. How a manufacturer reacts but is questionable.

In addition to the stairs, the wall must also be anchored

If you place your masonry stair railing between or beside the staircase, it must also be anchored: on the floor and on the wall. Also for this purpose appropriate Moniereisen be used. For walls you should use stones that are suitable. These would definitely be concrete blocks, bricks and aerated concrete blocks. Soft stones like limestone are rather unsuitable.

Tips & Tricks

After the walls, you can also plaster the masonry stair railing. You can apply a base plaster and then decorative plaster as you like. In this way, they can achieve an independent and individual stair design that also offers maximum safety.

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