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.

The Many Code and Egress standards for Metal Stairs

Metal stairs are a very important part of every building,allowing people to pass from different levels internally, as well as allowing safe access into and out of most structures, especially commercial buildings. Steel stairs have a large consideration in the design of the structure because they have so many standards that must be followed. For example the steps and risers need to be certain sizes,as well as the widths, which all can vary depending upon the building usage and capacity. Now on top of that the railings also have many codes which must be taken into consideration when designing. And again depending on capacity and usage, steel and metal railings have different tolerances for different building usages and various types of materials that can be used. Oh boy, this can get tricky !

Now take into account also that many egress stairs must be totally fireproof, limiting the raw material choices steel/metal, concrete/cement, and maybe some sort of stone like marble, granite or tiles. Maybe a combination of all of the above. This is why architects and engineers prefer to consult with professional and very experienced steel fabricators and iron works companies who have vast experience in the many different steel staircase options from past projects as well as adhering to the various egress codes which must be incorporated into the shop drawings and design as it can conform the the buildings aesthetics.

Staircases see lots of use and abuse in their lifespan. for the most part they must be accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That’s why custom fabricated steel steps is a prefered method of usage. They are durable, resilient, fireproof, and if designed and constructed well, very low maintenance. After all, how can you close something for repairs which may be the only exit and entrance for thousands of people in case of a fire or emergency? Repairing steel stairways is not a quick fix. So now you see why only an expert should design, fabricate, and install iron staircases.They are one of the most vital and permanent pieces of any commercial building ,whose occupants must actual lives depend on in an emergency, but must look attractive, last forever, adhere to tolerances down to the quarter inch, and also be as low maintenance and strong as possible. Not an easy or cheap item and shouldn’t be skimped on in any way. Although quite expensive , any commercial staircase should be professionally built and installed to guarantee longevity, minimal downtime for repairs, and be nicely incorporated into the buildings design as it is truly a vital organ of it,s existence.

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 found  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 is  field of highly skilled craftsman who do dirty work under tough conditions, relying strictly on their own experience to guide them.

Expanded Metal Steel Wire Mesh

Strong,attractive,lightweight,see thru and fairly economical is just the beginning of expanded metal’s qualities.It is also pliable,paintable,galvanizable, and very very easy to make many different products from.Window guards,doors,fences,railings,staircase partitions,parapet railings,security cages and room are just a few.

Expanded metal is produced from solid sheets of carbon,galvanized,stainless steel or aluminum.It also comes with the advantage of not being able to unravel like welded or woven wire mesh panels.To produce the expanded metal,a sheet is slit and stretched,expanding the slits into cuts which open to form the diamond shape pattern holes which are all exactly the same size and shape.Expanded metal is continuous which means there are no joints or welds to grind or sand.Because of this continuity, it is also a conductor of heat and electricity.Expanded metal can be either raised profile or flat,and comes in a variety of gauges and sizes of openings,which makes it stronger and heavier,or lighter and more easy to view thru,as well as less expensive.Architects and engineers have found many additional uses over the years ,such as security withing sheetrocked walls,ventilated storage areas, room dividers, even as non slip flooring in commercial areas. So if you are ever in a jamb for something,lightweight,economical,versatile and readily available,keep expanded metal steel mesh on your mind.

Diamond Plate Steel Open Tread Riser Stairs Are Very Popular In New york Commercial Buildings

Iron Stairs New YorkOver the past decade we have seen an increase of iron works companies fabricating and installing diamond plate steel staircases.Especially on outdoor stairways in commercial buildings but even on residential backyard stairs.Due to the durability,ease of maintenance, and especially for ease of cleaning snow and leaves from stair treads. We at steelmastersnyc  strongly suggest flush mounted bolt connections from stair pans to stringers to remove for good painting,but also if ever damaged to replace easily without having to cut steel and weld.It also helps if something large needs to pass thru where steps are or for getting behind to clean if in an enclosed area.We have fabricated many for catwalks and mechanical platforms and even the pipe railings on those are bolted on for accessibility and ease of painting.Shop drawings are also helpful to fabricate correctly.

Our Expanded Metal Fabrication Services

expanded metal

Expanded metals are the most economical of all open metal products are ideal for security screens, machine guards, stall gates, architectural panels, oil pan screens, outdoor furniture, stud wall security screens, air filters, and site barriers. They are usually available as standard or raised expanded metal, flattened, micro mesh, mini mesh, and expanded metal grating. These pieces generally provide an impenetrable barrier when used on ceilings or behind drywall.

Expanded metal has numerous advantages over other types of metals. One, it’s a cost-effective alternative to perforated. Two, it doesn’t ravel unlike woven wire products. This means that when it’s cut at one end, the remaining strands continue to hold strong. It also boasts of great versatility and comes in a variety of sizes, weights, and styles, thus offering many different choices to suit your taste.

Our Services

If you are looking to have expanded metal installed in your commercial or industrial property, we are the right people to call. We are the leading welding fabricator of expanded metal fabrication for industrial, commercial, real estate management companies, general contractors and builders, as well as apartment building renovations.

Our experience and expertise in production enables us to meet the demands of our customers in a timely and efficient manner. Since our main aim is to ensure maximum customer satisfaction, we also offer design and drafting assistance. You can provide us with your own sketch or a 3D CAD drawing as our design specialists will get down to work and come up with great styles and designs.

Our highly skilled staff will be happy to discuss any question you might have about our expanded metal fabrication capabilities. For more details, contact us today.

Important facts you should know about commercial and industrial staircases

Staircases are a common cause of injury to workers. The Administration of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has requirements for the design of industrial ladders to help reduce accidents. These requirements relate to the stairs around machinery, tanks and other equipment. They also relate to the stairs leading to or from the floors, platforms and wells.

Since falls from ladders and stairs causes thousands of preventable injuries every year, companies and industries have been urged to construct commercial steel staircases according to the recommended standards. Well constructed staircases help employees to work effectively and use them without fearing for any risks.

What kind of industrial staircase should a company use

When reviewing on what staircase to build, the first consideration should be the amount of space available. Not all types of staircases fits with a company. If a company has more space, double sided staircase can work well in all large entryways. Companies with small space should opt for L shaped or straight staircases in order to ensure more space is left for production. Elliptical or curved staircases offer a great touch of elegance and provided more walking space that prevent falls and straining while climbing.

There are national standards as well as local laws that must be complied with when designing a commercial or residential steel or metal staircase whether inside or outside of any building.There are width and riser constraints as well as rules and laws governing the railings and stair dividers required between multiple flights on municipal buildings.There are also handicap concerns on some buildings so do your homework and research or have an architect or engineer who have experience with the different rules which apply to different types of buildings.Schools are very different from office buildings or steel stairs in residential homes and commercial businesses.Since steel stairs and railings are expensive ,you don’t want to have to repair them to meet code once they are fabricated and installed so beware .