Aluminum Railing Components and Understanding What Goes into Them

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If you have ever tripped and grabbed onto handrails, you know that railings and banisters aren’t just there for aesthetic. They are essential. Aluminum railings are some of the most low-maintenance, durable, and nice railings on today’s market, and the best part is that you could install them yourself quite easily. Understanding aluminum handrail components is a crucial step for installation. Before you ever install your handrail, there are a few things you should understand with to save yourself time, frustration, and money.

The Aluminum Handrail

When aluminum handrails are received, the actual rail is pretty hard to miss. Before we install the rails, we measure from the top landing’s nose all the way to the floor at the bottom of the deck stairs. From here, we add about two feet to figure out the exact length of the rail that you’ll need for your project.

End Caps

The end cap of your handrail package will also be relatively easy to recognize. End caps are small components that insert right into the handrail, covering the end of the railing to keep out insects or other debris. You might use wall returns instead of any traditional end caps. Wall returns are the end caps that snugly fit at the end of the railing to the adjacent wall. We will make sure to double-check the railing package, as you will need two returns for any given railing system too.

Wall Mounts

A wall mount will secure the middle of the railing to the wall. It might also be used to support the weight of the longer aluminum rails. This is more for railings for stairs on front porches or decks, but can also be used for decks indoors or outdoors to wood, brick, vinyl, stucco, or concrete.


Do you have an especially longer outdoor area to cover up with your railing? If this is the case, we at Great Railing have connectors. As you may expect, handrail connectors are used to attach lengths of railing together and form an extended railing system. All depending on your railing system, these connectors might be external or internal.

Mounting Screws

Of course, you will have to securely attach your railings to any walls too. That is where mounting screws and anchors come in. We’ll use mounting screws or anchors to securely attach your wall returns or mounts to any type of wall in your outdoor living space.

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