Commercial Railings in Rapid City

Adornments for Rapid City Railings

Discover a vast array of medallions, rosettes, spears, globes, scepters, and scrolls at American Fence Company of Rapid City. Transform your business’s railings into unique, standout pieces with our diverse selection.

Custom Made Rapid City Railings

Our expertise in custom metals fabrication allows us to craft the perfect commercial railing tailored to your business in Rapid City.

Rapid City Railings Accent

Enhance your building’s exterior with professionally crafted ornate handrails that serve as the perfect complement.

Commercial Railings in Rapid City Gallery


Elevate your business’s image with scrolls, scepters, globes, spears, rosettes, and medallions — essential elements for crafting impeccable commercial railings in Rapid City. Custom iron handrails, known for their beauty, continue to gain popularity, offering limitless design possibilities. Vinyl handrails, providing a maintenance-free solution, add a beautiful accent to match your house’s window frames and siding.

When selecting a railing manufacturer in Rapid City, [insert markets], and beyond, trust the expertise of American Fence Company. With a rich history in fabricating both iron and vinyl railings, we bring unparalleled knowledge to the commercial railing industry.


When should I install Rapid City commercial railings?

Follow local codes, but generally, any surface with a drop of thirty inches or more, such as decks or patios, requires guard railing installation.

What are the requirements for commercial railings in Rapid City?

Again, we recommend that you check your local codes and authority. But, generally speaking:

  1. Most codes require a height of 36” for residential and 42” for commercial or multi-family dwellings.
  2. For both residential and commercial railings, you are limited to a maximum opening anywhere throughout the railing system of 4”. In other words, you should not be able to pass a 4” diameter ball through the railing.
  3. Codes also exist governing the load barring capacity, fail point, of commercial railings in Rapid City. In most cases, a railing must not deflect more than an inch when two hundred pounds of force is applied vertically and horizontally but not consecutively.  This is an issue to take into consideration when using vinyl and cable rail materials.

Due to the numerous codes and the potential hazards associated with railings, we recommend selecting a fabricator with an extensive history of building commercial railings in Rapid City.

What about stair railing requirements in Rapid City, South Dakota?

In addition to having a grab rail, stair railings must comply with standard guard railing requirements.

  1. The grab rail must be specific in size, profile and location. Typically, grab rails are approximately 34” above the nose of the stair tread.
  2. A grab rail should be no larger than two inches in diameter or similar shape.  It should be installed with few obstructions, allowing users to safely run their hands up and down the railing.
  3. Stairs 36” or less in width require one grab rail.  Wider stairs will require more than one.
  4. Commercial railings often require a one foot horizontal run of railing at the top and bottom of the stairs to allow the user to grab the railing before stepping up or off.
  5. Handicap railings will require a one foot horizontal and vertical return at each end with a second lower railing allowing people in wheel chairs to reach the railing.

Can American Fence Company of Rapid City custom build commercial railings?

With 50+ years of experience designing fabricating, and installing commercial railings in Rapid City and the surrounding communities in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming, you can count on us to install the railings of your dreams on time and to your satisfaction. As the number one railing fabricator in Rapid City, we a long track record of success in this field, having fabricated literally thousands of railing designs. Our process goes like this:

  1. American Fence Company of Rapid City has catalogs and website photos full of railings designs for you to review and choose from in designing railings for your commercial property. We also recommend searching the web, for a number of railing fabricators and home builders promote their products on-line. Example: the website of a popular railing accessory provider, King Architectural Metals, features several design assistance tools and views of their railings.
  2. With assistance from our three veteran computer aided design (CAD) programmers, we provide our railings customers with CAD drawings representing the railing of their dreams. In fact, you should always insist on seeing a CAD drawing before fabrication begins — you want to make sure the railing that is built is the railing you had in mind. CAD views will also provide details that include material selection, all necessary dimensions and even a three dimensional view.
  3. Once a design has been selected and confirmed, our expert staff at American Fence Company will personally field review the application.  All custom railings must be field verified by a professional fabricator. Never purchase railings locally or online without having the fabricator review your installation site. Small site details such as base trim, carpet to tile, set-backs and reveals, etc. after easy to overlook, but professional fabricators have been taught to consider and look out for items such as these. After all, their job is to see it that the railing installation job is not only done, but done right!
  4. The job is now turned over to our five certified welders on staff, who’ll set about building your product. All custom metals products should be fabricated in accordance with AWS D1.1.  (AWS is the acronym for the American Welding Society.  This group is the governing agency that sets the standards for steel fabrications.  D1.1 is the written standard for welding steel materials.  D1.2 is the standard for welding aluminum materials.  Request that your fabricator build your railing to these standards.)
  5. Using our access to hundreds of color samples and paint applications available for commercial railings in Rapid City, we’ll work with in selecting colors. The most popular and widely used painting applications consist of the following:
    1. HVLP.  High Volume Low Pressure is the most popular paint process for Rapid City commercial railings, having the benefit of getting paint into tight corners and angles.  It is a wet paint application that should include a two coat application of a quality primer and top coat.
    2. Electro-Static. A wet paint application that charges the paint particles and applies an opposite charge to the railing. Once applied, the paint is immediately attracted to the metal surface of your railing, providing a very consistent coat.  Electro-Static should be applied in conjunction with the HVLP system, as electro-static paint is difficult to get into tight corners and angles.
    3. Powder Coating provides a plastic like candy apple coating to metal products such as Rapid City commercial railings: applied to the fence and then melted in an oven.
    4. Galvanizing leaves your railing with a shiny silver coat and seals it from rust and corrosion with a zinc rich finish. Though this is a great application to prevent rust, most paint applications do not adhere to the galvanized finish unless brush blasting has occurred first.