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Question DetailsAsked on 12/23/2017


I would like an estimate on installing a handrail for two steps leading to a sidewalk to help our handicapped resident.
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Jeannine Carleton

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Deck and Porch contractors (your Search the List category) would be the most likely contractor category for this most jobs they do require step/stair railings, though might be too small to interest most of them. For wood steps, Handymen - or Carpenter - Framing, would be another Search the List category for this work. For brick/stone/concrete steps a Handyman or Masonry contractor would be the normal one to do this.

Depends of course on your exact situation and how the stairs are built, especially if the steps extend out past the supporting risers on the sides, and of course whether the contractor is a one-man outfit charging $25-40/hour or a larger outfit charging $100/hr. But generally in wood, for a simple one-side handrail meeting code (and do make sure he is builing to code, for liability reasons) normally about $400 plus or minus $100 or so would cover materials and labor both - could be up to another $100-150 in concrete/stone/masonry depending on how he has to configure it and what sort of mounting plate is needed and whether he can use standard off-the-shelf hardware or not. Two-side railing maybe 25-50% more, because not much more effort to install 2 identical ones than one. This assumes a straight railing - that the stairs do not change direction at the second step.

Metal railing can run from about the same range or even less with store-bought ready-made aluminum or wrought iron or plastic/fiberglass railing, to maybe 50-100% more using store-bought fittings and galvanized steel or aluminum metal pipe for the railing (like you see at schools and many public buildings), to as much as double or triple the amounts above with fancier custom-made, stainless steel, or glass railing.

Certainly, in most situations (except maybe in a very few highest labor cost areas in a couple of the largest urban areas) a 2-step railing would normally run not over $500, and commonly closer to half that for a simple stick-built single side wood railing - though if you want it painted to match the porch or house probably another $100-150 for that - mostly because while he can prime it while putting it in (or before) he has to make a return trip later to finish paint it.

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