Exterior handrails provide stability and support on stairs, ramps, and other elevated surfaces outside the home. They help prevent slips and falls for users with limited mobility by offering a secure structure to hold on to.

While they’re a must-have for safety, exterior handrails are also stylish accents that enhance the overall design of a property. An attractive home is more appealing to potential buyers and can positively impact property values

Keep reading to learn more about exterior handrails, including benefits for homeowners and whether they’re a do-it-yourself project or better left to the professionals. 

Benefits of Exterior Handrails for Homeowners

Let’s look at the benefits of incorporating exterior handrails at home.

Safety

Exterior handrails are highly useful for seniors aging in place. As individuals age, their balance and coordination can decrease, making them more prone to falls and injuries. The proper support outside and inside the home can make all the difference in preventing accidents and promoting safety.

Accessibility

Handrails improve accessibility for everyone, including individuals with mobility limitations, elderly loved ones, young children, or those with disabilities. Users can navigate outdoor areas of the home safely and independently, allowing them to live with more confidence and ease.

Durability 

Exterior handrails are often made from durable materials like aluminum, stainless steel, or treated wood, ensuring longevity and low maintenance requirements. Handrails can withstand the elements, such as sunlight, rain and temperature fluctuations without wearing quickly. 

Exterior Handrails at Home

With exterior handrails, homeowners can spend more time outside and enjoy the areas around the outside of their home. Railings can be installed in many different areas outside the home, including: 

  • Outdoor stairs
  • Front porch and decks
  • Garden walkways
  • Pool decks
  • Driveways
  • Retaining walls

DIY or Professional Installation? 

Homeowners should have exterior handrails professionally installed for several reasons. Proper installation is crucial for ensuring safety and stability. This is especially important in outdoor environments where handrails come in contact with weather conditions. Attempting to install exterior handrails without the necessary equipment and expertise can lead to delays, mistakes, and potential accidents. 

A professional is familiar with compliance regulations. Building codes can have specific requirements for handrail installation in terms of height, spacing, and structural support. An experienced company can ensure the handrails meet all necessary compliance standards. Professional installers are also quick and efficient and have the skills to complete projects within a reasonable timeframe so that homeowners can get back to enjoying their space safely and securely.

Your Home Modification Team at Omicelo Health

Do you want to implement home modifications for aging in place? From home assessment specialists to project managers and construction professionals, Omicelo Health can provide everything you need to remain independent in your home.

We collaborate with you and your family to implement the right solutions, whether that’s exterior handrails or any other home enhancement. Beyond modifications, the Omicelo team strives to ensure your comfort and safety. We will be respectful, careful, and mindful while working inside or outside of your home. 
Contact us to discuss your needs. We’re always happy to talk with you.