Considerations When Installing Staircases
Staircases are staple in storeyed buildings but also commonplace in buildings with basements and plenty of attic space. If you are constructing a building that requires staircases, here is a look at some important things you ought to consider so as to install the right staircases.
Just like many other home construction products, staircases do not come in one type of material. Rather, they can be built from a wide selection of materials like concrete, wood or metal. These materials are generally meant to last a lifetime because a staircase is not something you would want rebuilt every now and then.
Your selection of a staircase based on the construction material used can be influenced by so many different factors ranging from the available budget, cost of maintenance, ease of installation, desired visual effects, structural strength and design of your building, and much more. Woods, for example, are popular in many homes because they can adapt to virtually any style of interiors; be it traditional, modern, contemporary or any other.
When it comes to choosing a design for your building, you have several options. Staircases can come in various styles, but the most basic ones are straight stairs, continuous stairs, and turning stairs. Your design choice should be primarily guided by layout and style. Straight stairs are usually the most popular feature in many buildings because they do not present problems with turns, which may hamper convenient travel. But if you are looking for something a bit more eye-catching, you may consider continuous stairs like spiral and curved stairs, which tend to accentuate aesthetics over functionality.
Coming up with a good design for your staircases is of no use if you cannot find a specific location where your staircases will be installed. If you have opted to install a spiral staircase, for example, it may be positioned against a wall, in an open area of a room, or in a corner. But first, you will need to measure the ceiling height so you can determine how much space is available to install the staircase. This is because every inch of space counts a great deal when it comes to staircase installation.
Therefore, be sure to get your math right before ordering. Otherwise, your project may be stalled once you realise that the placement of the spiral may not be possible because there isn't enough room to accommodate the size of the top landing.