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The Downside of Railing Kits: Why Custom Solutions are the Safer Choice

When it comes to renovating or designing a new commercial or residential space, ensuring the safety of the building’s occupants is paramount. Handrails and guardrails play a crucial role, providing essential support and preventing potentially fatal falls.

Unfortunately, many builders and homeowners underestimate the importance of these structures and opt for cheaper and seemingly more convenient pre-made railing kits. They assume that what they are purchasing will be secure. In this blog post, we’ll explore the dangers of this choice and emphasize the reasons why custom railing solutions are a far safer and more reliable option.

1. Inferior Materials:
One of the primary concerns with pre-made railing kits is the use of inferior materials. These kits often compromise on quality, resulting in railings that might not be strong enough to support heavy loads or are susceptible to rust and corrosion over time. Their profitability is based on using the thinnest and most cost-effective materials an techniques to mass produce parts for projects. Custom railings, on the other hand, can be crafted from high-quality, durable materials designed to last for decades without deteriorating.


The AR2 Difference: We use high-quality materials with thick walls to make the stairs and railing parts. All connections are welded, and the finish is applied to match perfectly and seamlessly.

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2. Long Delivery Times:
Pre-made railing kits frequently come with long delivery times, causing delays that can disrupt construction schedules. Waiting for weeks or even months for a shipment of railings to arrive is not only frustrating but can throw off the entire project timeline. Opting for custom railing solutions eliminates this issue as handrails and guardrails can be created on-site, ensuring timely installation without unnecessary delays.


The AR2 Difference: All design and manufacturing is done in the United States at our location in Fairfax, Virginia. Your project is custom built and delivered on time. You can always make an appointment to come by and see your project in fabrication.

3. Mismatched Colors:
Another drawback of pre-made railing kits is the possibility of receiving railings in the wrong color. Even a slight mismatch can be noticeable and clash with the building’s overall decor. Custom railings offer a perfect solution – they can be painted or coated to exact specifications, ensuring a seamless match with the rest of the building’s aesthetics.

The AR2 Difference: Because we custom build your railings, there is no chance someone in a warehouse will grab the wrong color off the shelf and send it to your home. In case of any scratches or issues with the finish, you only need to make one phone call to us and we will arrange a warranty service. You don’t have to worry about making multiple phone calls or sending emails with photos and videos to explain the issues, and hope and pray for some sort of resolution, then wait for weeks or months to have the replacement parts shipped and have to pay someone to schedule to come to replace or touch up the item.

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4. Lack of Customization:
Pre-made railing kits often lack the necessary customization options to meet specific requirements. Custom spaces may demand unique railings, such as curved handrails or guardrails with specific designs to complement the building’s aesthetic. Custom railing solutions can be tailored precisely to these needs, ensuring optimal performance while meeting all safety standards and codes.

The AR2 Difference: Our team is dedicated to creating tailored solutions for each project to create the best aesthetic possible.
Relying on pre-made railing kits poses significant risks for anyone involved in building or renovating a commercial or residential space. From compromised materials to delayed deliveries and limited customization, the pitfalls are too great to justify the risk.

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By choosing custom stair railing solutions, you ensure a foolproof method of providing essential support and safety for your building’s occupants. Don’t settle for subpar railings when you can have the perfect, safe solution tailored to your unique requirements.
Choose custom railings today and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your space is secure and every detail is accounted for.

Make it Yours

At AR2, your safety is our top concern. Our team of experts are dedicated to transforming your space and completing your project on time and within budget, while exceeding your expectations. We are confident that we can provide you with the best possible service and product Contact us today to discuss your custom stairway and railing needs.