Guardrail height requirements, considering both model codes and potential variations

Model Codes: International Building Code (IBC): Mandates a minimum guardrail height of 42 inches for any walking surface with a vertical drop of 30 inches or more, including those inside homes. International Residential Code (IRC): Specifies a minimum guardrail height of 36 inches for interior applications. Local Jurisdictions: Variations: Local building codes may adopt the […]

Danger in the Steps: Why Old Staircases Can Be Risky

Old staircases can be dangerous for a number of reasons. They may be in poor condition, with loose or broken steps, uneven risers, or missing handrails and guardrails. They may also be poorly lit, making it difficult to see where you are going. In addition, old staircases may be narrower and steeper than modern staircases, […]

The benefits of converting a ventilated crawlspace to an encapsulated conditioned crawlspace

If you have a ventilated crawlspace, you may be considering converting it to an encapsulated conditioned crawlspace. This can be a great way to improve the energy efficiency, comfort, and health of your home. What is an encapsulated conditioned crawlspace? An encapsulated conditioned crawlspace is a crawlspace that has been sealed off from the outside […]