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Home Solutions Guardrail Should You Weld?

Should you weld your next handrail project?

Kee Klamp Pipe Fittings vs. Fabricated Welding

This video covers the many differences between welded railing and pipe railing that is constructed with pipe railing fittings.

Comparison Chart

In this sections we will compare many different aspects of pipe railing installation and maintenance.

Installation

Kee Klamp Railing Traditional Welded Rail
Specialized Labor No, Simple to Install Yes, Professional Labor Union Employee
Time Typically it would take 2 people 8 hours to install 100 ft. of railing. Varies on availability and skill level.
Special Permits None Hot Permit Required
Safety Factor Use of simple tools such as drill, hammer, and allen wrenches. Welding creates a greater potential for bodily harm.
Overall Costs After the consideration of all factors you can save up to 50% when installing a Kee Klamp component railing over a welded rail solution.  

Maintenance

Kee Klamp Railing Traditional Welded Rail
Breakage The systems modular components allow for the broken section to be replaced by loosening the surrounding fittings and replacing the broken fittings and pipe. Example A professional welder must replace the affected section
Rust The Kee Klamp system components are galvanized or anodized to resist corrosion. Kee Klamps railing are known to last for 20 years without showing the least bit of rust. Because galvanization is removed during the installation processes, welded connections and ground fixings are known to show rust under a two year period.

Compliance

Kee Klamp Railing Traditional Welded Rail
ADA Use of our ADA Handrail System combines smooth surface ADA Compliance with our modular, weldless system. Welding used to be the only way of providing an ADA smooth surface railing.
OSHA When installed properly railings built with our fittings exceed OSHA standards. Can be constructed to OSHA Specification