4 Essentials to Consider When Building a Staircase

Posted on May 16 2018 - 7:59am by Ann Gillispie

Modern concrete floating staircaseDid you know that taking the stairs can keep your brain cells young? At least this is what has been found by a study done by Canadian researchers at Concordia University. You might want to consider this the next time you are torn between using the stairs or a lift.

Building the right staircase is a big move for homeowners and entrepreneurs because you will have to consider its location on the premises, how many people it can carry at a time, and so on. Ackworth House outlines some of the most important things to consider.

Material

Stair treads in New Zealand or anywhere in the world follow the same rule. As the horizontal portion of a staircase, the treads must be made from a strong material to withstand foot traffic. The materials can be metal, plastic or timber.

Design

Staircases can be designed as a spiral or with alternating treads. The simple straight design is still commonly used as well. Modern iterations include “’floating stairs’, in which the treads do not have supporting structures beneath them or are attached to a wall. This gives onlookers a view of what is behind or below the stair treads, giving them the illusion that it is floating.

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Premises

You will also need to consider the building that will benefit from the stairs. Is it residential or corporate? If it is for a home, then a small and simple staircase may suffice. If it is for an office, you may opt for a bigger staircase to accommodate employees daily and a more stylish one to impress clients.

There is so much to think about when it comes to building staircases. The most important part is that staircases should be safe for you, your kids or your workers. Having a staircase that looks stylish, functions well and keeps you safe is a worthy investment.