4 Common Applications of ADA Handrail

ADA Handrail

If you have stairs or a ramp that are used by the public, then you need some form of ADA compliant handrail. It can feel overwhelming if you don't know what you need or how to find the handrail that you need.

Rest assured, installing an ADA railing doesn't have to be confusing or stressful. You also don't need to go to a steel manufacturer to get a welded system installed, which could take unnecessary time.

Using the Kee Klamp Access fittings-based system can allow you to do the work all on your own and at your preferred pace. No matter your application, there is a way to design the right solution for you.

Below will be some examples to help you understand what the capabilities of fittings are for meeting your ADA compliance needs.

Important Note: This will show what you can do but does not review all the ADA code requirements. There is an ADA guide to help you better understand the code and how it will apply to your situation.

Let's take a look at what you can do.

Concrete Steps ADA Handrail

ADA Handrail

A common application for ADA handrail is on concrete steps. Many businesses have concrete staircases that lead up to their store front. In the example above, the staircase accompanies a concrete path near a local lake.

You can see how we're able to extend the railing and additional 12 inches beyond the top stair, per ADA Chapter 5 Section 505.10.2. We've done the same at the bottom of the stairs for this customer, which exceeds the requirements for ADA railing at the bottom of the stairs.

Walkway ADA Handrail

Pipe Handrail

An application that comes up, but may not be required, is for concrete, stone, or brick pathways. Any walking surface that is less than a 1:20 slope does not require handrails. However, if you do install them, then you need to comply with ADA guidelines.

Notice when the railing changes direction, that there is a smooth connection. This allows the person using the railing to keep their hand on the handrail for the entirety of the railing.

We've also included a second handrail for when children are a principal user of the path. ADA code applies to adults, but the ADA gives a helpful advisory to explain how to work with children who access the walking area.

Wall Mounted ADA Handrail

Wall Mounted ADA Handrail

Not all ADA handrails need to use a post when being installed. If available, then mounting to a wall can save you materials, space and time.

You can see in the example above that it only takes a few fittings to accomplish an ADA compliant railing. It's important to note that rails need to terminate into the ground, wall, or the railing itself.

Another nice thing to note is that powder coating is available for this system to allow you to meet and brand needs or aesthetic preferences.

Ramp ADA Handrail

ADA Handrail

One of the most common applications for ADA railing is used on a disabled access ramp.

Ramps require that you have some form of edge protection to prevent wheelchairs or crutch tips from slipping off the surface. You can do this by setting the guardrail back 12 inches from the edge or providing a barrier at the bottom.

If needed, our railing can install a rail at the bottom in order to meet this requirement. In the example above, a concrete curb was installed to provide this protection.

You can learn more about the handrail requirements for ramps in our ADA guideline.


Hopefully, you feel more confident in your ability to install an ADA handrail for your business. You can do it yourself or have your friendly, neighborhood contractor do it. No specialty labor required.

If you would like to start your ADA project or would like to discuss what the code requires of you, then please connect with one of our ADA Design Consultants. We will work with you to come up with the perfect design for your ADA railing so that it looks great and meets the ADA requirements.

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