Roof Railings Bring Buildings Up to Code in New York

Steel roof guard rails are commonly needed in order to bring a new or existing structure up to current building codes and safety standards.Many buildings are what the industry calls grandfathered into old building codes.Once a building undergoes major renovation,the owner is typically forced to bring the building up to current safety codes and standards.This includes life safety,emergency lighting,fire alarms,walking surfaces etc. Included in life safety is roof safety and perimeter edge protection.Current building code states that workers and pedestrians must maintain 15 foot minimum distance from edges and skylights while on a roof .This makes most roofs with roof railings unusable.Even if a worker is simply doing maintenance and not accessed by pedestrians this roof railings are required.Furthermore in new york proper when many evacuation plans involve the roof and fire inspections may occur,additional steel stairs may be required over any obstructions,ac units or skylights. These must be all fabricated steel so they are fireproof by nature.


Design of a proper steel fabricated guard railing system is key in order to code. Parapet roof railings need not only to be a certain height but also be able to withstand certain lateral forces. Due to these requirements ,most roof guard railings are fabricated from welded steel pipes and tubes as well as solid steel pickets which are considered custom ironworks. These durable and fireproof materials will protect workers and pedestrians from the roofs edge and bring the building up to code,and can even be pleasant looking and painted, when designed properly by a steel fabrication company who is experienced in these products design and installation. In order for metal welded roof railings to meet current codes,they must have many different specific parts,including top and bottom structural rails and specific mid rail spacing requirements, depending upon the design.The most important part is the post and attachment details as where that is what gives the roof railings their strength. In some cases a toe kick is required at the bottom to stop debris from accidentally being sliden or kicked off the roof surface, as well as flying debris from gusty winds.


As a diverse commercial steel fabricator an custom iron works shop for over 40 years ,steelmasters is extremely experienced in design ,fabrication and installation of roof railings having successfully completed hundreds of roof guardrailing projects welded out of various sizes and shapes built for longevity and safety,always passing inspections and clients taste buds alike.
We would be happy to quote your next project so just give us a call or forward your drawings to our email for a design consult.

Custom Metal Fabricators

The field of metal fabricators is a vastly encompassing area of steel, metal and ironworks products. Some can be made by machinery for standard size area’s but mostly these items are custom crafted and designed on an individual basis due to the nature of the buildings in the tri-state area all being unique in size and design. When looking into residential applications and steel fabrication there are a few items which can be foundĀ  mostly online for typical size applications. These are mostly small metal staircases, some standard steel or hollow metal window guards, fixed roof ladders,caged roof ladders and roof railings. But they fit very few and far in between applications size wise. When it comes to commercial building metal fabrication its almost impossible to find something ready made to fit,that’s why the custom ironworks and metal fabrication shops are so predominant in new york. Almost every industrial or commercial building is unique in size and shape, making anything needed on it anywhere custom fabricated.As time goes on needs change for all buildings,big and small. Parapet roof railing laws are not being enforced citywide making any roof require a 42 inch high perimeter. More so for multi-unit apartment buildings and office buildings. The rodent problem has born the product of steel trash can enclosures which are vermin and insect proof due to the increase in garbage from area’s becoming more populated,exploding the rat population that loves to feed on human trash.Many older apartment buildings are replacing their older boilers which are inefficient and now require ships ladders, steel grating catwalks and removal pipe railings to service and maintain them. All in all these various metal fabrications need to be measured and assessed in the field,then custom designed, estimated for material cost and labor as well as installation labor. This may seem like a simple task ,but any iron fabricator must be experienced for many years to accomplish and figure out everything that is involved.It is not like going to the store and ordering something at a box store. That is why none of the items are sold in stores and there is not even a department for steel fabrication in any home improvement store of any worker there that has any knowledge on the subject. This isĀ  field of highly skilled craftsman who do dirty work under tough conditions, relying strictly on their own experience to guide them.