Was hoping to get opinions and pros and cons of having a hand railing installed at the entry steps of my new IG pool. We are leaning towards not getting one. Would love to hear some feedback from everyone. Thanks.
We decided to remove our hand rail when we had to resurface our deck.
The metal hand rail got pretty hot in the sun, blocked a good portion of our corner stairs, and (maybe?) had the potential for rusting with a salt water pool (we converted to a SWG along with the resurfacing). It also looked out of place for our deck/screen. But we also don't have small kids, or elderly adults that might need a handrail. If we did, that would probably trump all of the other reasons I listed.
We did not have a rail on our first two pools, but this one has a rail. We have a second step Baja, and the first step is only 2'X2'. My parents took a tumble on our previous pool a couple of times, but landed in deeper water. The second step Baja is just 18" deep, so we went with a rail for a little extra safety. We had it coated in thermoplastic that matches the deck.
It is truly about your use and needs I think. If you are just about looks by all means leave the railing out, I think they truly take away from the look, have potential to rust, etc. But - if you have a need, elderly people a lot, etc then it might make sense. Have the holes prepared, but plugged. Or get a rail that can be put in or taken out easily. Might all depend on where and how your steps are designed as well, if they are steep you may need the rail, if they are shallow then you may not need one.