Category Archives: Installation & Maintenance

Measure for your new stairs as accurately as you can

It is quite easy to get caught up in the euphoria of designing your new set of stairs without considering that you have actually got the right measurements to hand when ordering your staircase to be built.

Therefore, it is necessary to ensure that the measurements you provide the stair makers with, is done as closely as possible. You will get all the help you need from the supplier, but it is your responsibility to give them the accurate measurements.

To achieve this, you can take advantage of a walk-through guide found online or you can simply find out exactly what measurements are required and note these down before passing on to the manufacturer of the stairs.

Making sure you get the right stair opening measurements is important before you even consider getting down to the staircase design itself.

Firstly, you should take down the floor to floor height, remembering to include the upstairs floor-board thickness.

Now you can move on to the stair opening, being careful to measure from the back wall to the (unfinished) trimmer joist.

Once you have followed the correct instructions, you can then select a suitable staircase design, which fits in with the headroom you have to work with.

Ensure your staircase meets all current building regulations

When you are looking to install new stairs as part of your new build or loft conversion project, you need to bear in mind that current building regulations will need to be taken into account.

No matter what you are planning, all the time spend designing your perfect staircase could be wasted if you haven’t thought about this very important aspect of any home renovation.

Whether you have decided on stairs in consultation with an architect or have gone it alone, you still should ensure that the staircase is designed according to the legislation in place.

Your stair manufacturer will also be able to offer guidance on this as they only construct staircases that meet the criteria, although bespoke models can be ordered from them which do not comply with the most recent regulations.

This is why you should find out as much as you can about such things as the correct rise, pitch, going and of course the headroom for these new stairs.

It is therefore necessary to consider that if you should ever decide to sell your property, a surveyor would always be involved in checking such things as the fitting of the staircase.

Is it time to replace your old steps and railings?

A staircase is something that is able to bring a certain character to your home. Through its grand appearance and decorative railings, you can easily notice its charm whenever you gaze upon it. However, over time there are some parts which will eventually need replacing or restoring.

Should the stairs be squeaking, then the treads might be in need of maintenance. You can fix this by re-gluing them and putting them back in place.

On other occasions, you might feel that a replacement is needed. In this case, you should go to the staircase experts who are able to advise you on the stair parts they stock.

The steps themselves might need to be changed, or you could go for new railings sold by the supplier. Here, you can choose from all kinds of stair, parts, tools and fixings to ensure that your staircase is given the update it needs.

If you are ready for a full overhaul, then you may wish to consider getting a new timber staircase installed in its place. This might not be as expensive as you would think and so is another option for you to consider.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it meets current building regulations and is carried out to the necessary safety standards.