and railings are similar to workhorses. They are built to give you strong base along with conveying the message of style. But beyond this basic purpose, there are many different types, which can help you to make your home safer, efficient and even more attractive. If you are looking to build a new home or to design an existing one, give careful thought to the staircase installation, because probably you will meet with certain amount of flexibility as to where and how they can be positioned.
Stair or railing replacement should also be approached with care because, it’s a quite tricky business, and you need to be very familiar with the International Code Council’s Stair Building Code. If you are not aware of codes simply contact a staircase manufacturer and installer as they have a wealth of experience in the installation works and know well about the codes as well as other requirements for your locality.
Various types of staircases
Straight staircase :
The simplest form is the straight staircase which is limited to a maximum of 16 stairs. Sometimes an intermediate landing partway is also installed. This type often looks good on timber staircase.
Quarter landing :
Quarter landing is a variant of straight stairs, including a landing partway up which marks a 90-degree or L shape change in the direction. These are not only functional and spacious, but are also safer.
Double quarter landing :
Double quarter landing come up with two landings, each with a 90-degree directional change.
Half landing :
Half landing is a type of straight staircase. Here, the landing marks are 180 degree in direction. This style is very efficient, requires less space and is safer too.
Single winder :
Single winder incorporates a 90-degree turn. But instead of a landing, the turn is enabled by the use of a wedge-shaped winder tread, which is usually positioned near the bottom of the staircase for aesthetic and convenience.
Double winder :
Double winder is same like single winder but more compact. This includes a turn of 180 degrees.
Arched staircase :
Arched styles are aesthetically appealing but often difficult to construct. They consist of wedge-shaped stairs with curved handrails.
Spiral staircase is also wedge-shaped. It has a railing along with a central vertical post for support. Spiral is the most efficient for fitting into small spaces. Carrying bulky objects on these stairs may be a bit tricky.
When you are looking for style, always go for a timber staircase. It is a one time investment that’d hold the decorative and artistic look forever.