# How do you measure a handrail for spiral staircase?

## How do you measure a handrail for spiral staircase?

How to Calculate a Spiral Stair Handrail

1. Measure the radius of the spiral staircase using your tape measure.
2. Measure the height of the staircase using the same units as you used for the radius.
3. Use the formula:
4. Handrail Length = square root[(Height^2 + (2 * pi * Radius)^2)]

## Do spiral staircases pass building regulations?

As mentioned above these regulations cover protection from falling, collision or impact. Building Regulations Part K dictates the requirements for the gradient of a staircase. This applies to all internal and external staircases, excluding spiral or helical staircases.

What is the standard size of a spiral staircase?

Spiral staircases generally range in size from 42″ to 76″ in diameter. The floor opening at the top of the staircase must be two-square-inches bigger than the staircase’s diameter. Spiral staircases are also measured by their floor to floor height, footprint, walking space, and landing length.

### What is the minimum diameter for a spiral staircase?

5′ diameter
An International Building Code compliant spiral staircase must have at least a 5′ diameter. Our standard diameters range up to 6′ wide, but we are able to go much wider if your custom staircase calls for it.

### What is code for a spiral staircase?

A spiral stairway shall have a 7.5-inch (191 mm) minimum clear tread depth at a point 12 inches (305 mm) from the narrow edge. The risers shall be sufficient to provide a headroom of 78 inches (1981 mm) minimum, but riser height shall not be more than 9.5 inches (241 mm).

Do spiral stairs need a landing?

Landings are required at the top and bottom of each flight and should be the same size as the stair width – for example: 600 x 600mm for a 600mm-wide stair, 800 x 800mm for a 800mm-wide stair and so on.

## What is a rail cap?

For Linear Rail Mounting Holes. Caps prevent foreign material from entering the mounting holes on the rail. This keeps the rails and the blocks free from contamination.

## What is the minimum radius allowed for a spiral stair?

Although the minimum radius to be considered in a helical staircase is 70 centimeters, you should always give preference to stairs with at least 80 centimeters radius.

How much weight can a spiral staircase hold?

Each stair step must be able to support at least 300 lbs of focused weight, according to international building code regulations.

### What is a continuous handrail?

The term “continuous” means not only that a single handrail must run from the top riser to the bottom riser, but it also indicates that users should be able to grasp the handrail and maintain their grasp without having to release the rail where it is supported.