Deck Railing Requirements and Codes
If you build your home outdoor deck to be at least as high as 30”, you are obliged to install the deck railing system. The railing system, though, shall be installed based on requirements. However, even if you install deck rail for your outdoor room which is lower than 30”, it doesn’t mean you can do it without following the codes. Today, we will give you brief explanation about deck railing codes and requirements.
Highlights of Deck Railing Codes and Requirements
Building the deck railing is regulated under the rules established by International Residential Code, or IRC. IRC regulates the railing for deck which is installed for single family home. As for ones installed for multifamily buildings, such as businesses or apartment building, are regulated by International Building Code or IBC. The IRC requires homeowners to install railing for deck in minimum 30” of height while IBC requires the 42” one.
The requirements still free you to choose any railing design you like. However, the design should not have any openings which are large enough to pass a sphere with 4” in diameter through. The railing should be capable of withstanding the concentrated force of 200 pounds anywhere lengthways the top of rail. Thus, the deck railing must be strong.