Do porch steps need a handrail?

Do porch steps need a handrail?

The building code does not refer to the number of steps but it does require a handrail when there are two or more risers. For clarification, a riser is the vertical portion of a stair. The tread is the top of a step. A two riser minimum would translate to two steps.

How do you build handrails for porch steps?

Depending on the type of material, expect to pay about $110 per linear foot for the railing, which includes the cost of labor, which is about $30 per foot, and the cost of material, which is about $80 per foot. A 10-foot railing will cost between $900 and $1,500, depending on the type of material.

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