Whenever you are installing aluminum porch railing into concrete, there are a few things you will need to keep in mind to make this process easier. It is not very difficult, as long as you have the proper tools and a basic understanding of how it all works.
Step 1 - Measure
Get the height as well as the length of your porch railing measured. Typically, the standard height for a porch railing is somewhere between 36 and 42 inches. It is important you know the height you want first. Make sure you also measure the stairways if there will be handrails. It is common that the minimum amount of distance between your support posts is around 12 inches. They should be no more than 36 inches apart.
Step 2 - Choose Railings
Whenever you are choosing a porch railing for concrete, be sure it has longer support posts than a porch rail made for a floor base. Make sure you keep this in mind whenever you are getting your railings.
Step 3 - Attach
Use a post plate mounting system of steel for your aluminum porch railing. Attach your first post onto the wall using your mounting brackets. One near the top and one above your baluster rail baseline will be needed. Your base plate needs to be set just underneath your post. Make sure that you mark each spot where your four anchor bolts will go into each of your aluminum posts. You will need to get 1/2-inch bolt holes drilled, there should be four total.
They need to be 3¼ inches deep into your concrete surface. After you have done this, get the bolt put together by securing the nut on top of each of your holes. Your steel post needs to then be set into the base plate. Once you have done this, the bolts need to then be drilled through the base plate going into the actual holes. The porch rail skirt then needs to be put onto the post. Wrap the aluminum outer post completely around it.
Then install your next support post and get it attached to the base rail for your balusters. Make sure you insert every single one of your balusters and make sure they are secure by pressing down on them tightly. Once you have done this, you are ready to get the top rail fastened onto your second post. You will repeat this process throughout until they are all attached. Finish up by getting the final post to your wall of the house at the far end of the porch railing attached.