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Question DetailsAsked on 1/12/2017

I am having knee surgery and need hand rails to get up 8 outdoor steps, then 2 steps to the door . How much would

I live in San Francisco. It's a basic walk up to the home. Outdoors.

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A Handman might be able to handle this for you - be sure to emphasize whether you want strict compliance with SF building code and ADA (Americans With Disabilites Act) or not, because what many handymen would do might work, but not meet code and cause an issue come resale time.

Depending on what type of materials the stpes are made of, generally the professional Search the List categories for this would be Wrought Iron if you want pretty fancy new Wrought Iron (a company that both sells and installs wrought iron railings), a Concrete - Pouring and Repair contractor for concrete steps, a Masonry contractor if stone or brick, or a Carpenter - Framing for rough railings on wood steps - or a Carpenter - Woodworking for nice finished railings on wood steps.

Or possibly a Deck and Porch contractor or Remodeling - General Contractor should e able to arreange to do any type, except probably overkill to get a GC in for this size job.

Details vary a lot job to job, and of course materials used and whether painting / staining is to be included etc - but generally for cheapest wood railing on wood stairs probably $400-600 rough ballpark range (possibly a bit less if you use a Handyman, but likely not under $400 range regardless), I would guess $500-750 on non-wood steps, and $1000 range and on up for nicer materials or wrought iron. This just guessing straight railings and standard stairstep spacing/height on the steps. Add in curves or odd spacing or tread length steps and it will run on up from there.

If you have interior stairs without handrails I would strongly recommend having handrails put in there too - box store prefab railing and brackets commonly runs in the order of say about $5-10/LF installed (assuming 20-40 feet say) for cheapest materials, on up to $25/LF or more for best hardwood or metal railing or fancy brackets. Again, code compliance, especially since as I recall California requires curved "returns" (curved terminations into the wall at each end) can readily run over $10/LF in that case even for simple railing.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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