For every construction project we undertake, we have to comply with certain building standards set by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ). We get a lot of questions on the subject, so here is a summary of the main standards for staircases, railings, guardrails and balconies.
Here is an overview of the requirements and dimensions to meet for the various components of an interior staircase. This applies to all types of staircases, whether made of wood, steel or another material.
If your staircase doesn’t meet these building standards, don’t hesitate to contact us to rectify the situation!
Standards for exterior residential staircases vary among municipalities, so we advise you to ask your local urban planning department. However, here are a few common general indications:
Handrails (safety devices on which people lean when going up or down a staircase) are mandatory for any interior staircase with more than two risers and any exterior staircase with more than three risers.
Handrails must also:
A guardrail (also called a railing or balustrade) is the assembly composed of glass panels or bars and posts that prevent people from falling into space. They are found along an interior staircase or mezzanine or around an outside balcony.
Here are a few important standards:
Note that the edges and corners of the glass panels in our guardrails and doors are polished so that they aren’t sharp and that frameless models are safer.
Rampes et balcons holds the mandatory Régie du bâtiment du Québec licence required for any company that installs staircases, railings and balconies. Before starting any work on the railings and handrails of your staircases and balconies, make sure that the contractor you are dealing with is on the list of RBQ licence holders.
For any question about building standards for staircases, railings or balconies, contact the experts at Rampes and Balcons!
Patrice Cloutier is the founding president of the Rampes et Balcons company. His 20 years expertise in glass and aluminum railings makes him a trusted advisor to support you for your project.