There are many types of environments in which railing posts can be mounted. Below are the different post types Viewrail supplies and when to use them.
Standard Surface Mount Posts
These are the most commonly used post types, and are needed anytime you are mounting on a level surface, and the post mounting screws are fastened into wood. 4” screws are recommended for most surfaces, but 2.5” screws will work on thick treads. Other mounting hardware can include through-bolts or hollow mounting kits.
Side Mount posts are used to mount to the fascia, or side, of the surface the railing is protecting. These use a 6” x 6” wide plate and are fastened with 6” screws or 4” through bolts. The top of the plate mounts 1 3/8” beneath the surface of the deck, balcony, or stair stringer.
These posts are a sleeker option for mounting to the fascia. The 2” x 6” plate is mounted using 6” lags or 4” through bolts. The top of the plate mounts 1.5” beneath the surface of the deck, balcony, or stair stringer.
With a larger foot plate than Surface Mount Posts, Special Application Posts are used when mounting on a level cement or concrete surface. Viewrail supplies recommended wedge anchors for mounting, although sourced concrete screws can work as well.