The architectural railing has been designed, professional engineering calculations have been performed, and the system has been fabricated. Now comes the next, final and most crucial step of the process – the installation.

Below are 6 things every general contractor should expect from their railing installer:

  1. Skills & Experience – From education and training, to impeccable problem solving skills and the ability to effectively interpret specifications, an experienced railing installer is always a necessity, especially when dealing with tight deadlines and the expectation of flawless, finished work.
  2. Safety – It’s imperative that a railing installer be familiar with both building codes and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. For example, OSHA requires the use of a “tie-off” anytime an installer is working 6 feet or more above the ground. Workers should always secure themselves to either an interior steel column or via other approved means of fall prevention.
  3. Cleanliness – Since there will be other subcontractors on the job site, it’s important that railing installers respect the space and keep their areas tidy to make it easy for others to work around them.
  4. Great Communication Skills – An installer must be able to communicate effectively and respectfully with other sub-contractors as well as the customer. Anything less than a professional attitude on the jobsite should be deemed unacceptable.
  5. Correct Tools & Equipment – Installers may encounter some minor problems while out in the field. The right installer for the job will be armed with the correct tools and equipment in order to make any necessary, on-the-spot adjustments.
  6. Attention to Detail – Whether it’s a little ding or a big dent, the railing installer should be expected to document any damaged items and alert the customer and the manufacturer immediately. This will ensure the timely replacement of any posts, panels or components.

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