In fact, there’re the wide choice of staircases. The following options are available:
- Straight Stairs
It’s the most common type primarily, because they are very practical while being the most simple and inexpensive type of stairway. A straight staircase travels from one floor to the next without changing direction or curving.
- L-Shaped Stairs
They are two stairs that connect at a landing or by winder treads at a 90° turn. This option is most often used, when space is more limited, and a full straight staircase cannot fit.
- U or Switchback Stairs
There are two flights (often of differing length) that run parallel and join at the top of the lower flight and the bottom of the upper flight by an intermediate landing.
- Winder Stairs
They consist of pie-shaped treads instead of a true landing. A stair may be constructed of a series of these treads for its full flight.
- Circular staircases
This type is technically Winder stairs with the specific requirements that they curve around a centre point or central axis and that they don’t have a centre post or column. Freestanding circular staircases span between floors without intermediate attachment. They are attached to the lower floor and upper floor only. Hanging circular staircases are attached top and bottom like free-standing, but they are also attached to one wall for their full length. Circular staircases are the most luxurious and elegant style of staircase available. Still, they are often not substantially more expensive than L-shaped, U-Shaped or Winder, when the balustrades are considered. This is because a typical circular stairway doesn’t require a series of handrail fittings or newel posts at an angular turn.
- Spiral staircases
are circular staircases that curve around a central post or column. They can be constructed from steel, wood, or a combination of each. Exterior spiral staircases are typically constructed from steel and powder-coated or painted. There is a wide variety of price ranges for this type of stair, from cheap one-size-fits-all kits to custom manufactured architectural works of art. The price range reflects the materials, quality, and functionality. As for the process of the installation itself, it’s considered to be difficult not without reason. What’s more important is that at least 4-5 people should be involved in this process in order to get the brilliant result and avoid injuries. Installation of the staircase consists of several stages.
- The Layout of the stairs should be done properly to exclude mistakes in the future. That’s why it’s highly recommended to lay out everything before making the first cut.
- It’s necessary to construct stringers.
- Then comes the installation of skirt board and risers.
- Bend handrails. In fact, it isn’t intimidating or difficult, but it requires 4 hands, 2 clamps for every foot of handrail, special elbow brackets and proper planning.
- Now is the turn of newel posts. Newel posts should be installed every time that the handrail changes direction.
- One more step is to attach fittings to a handrail.
- And, finally, the last, but not the easiest task is baluster spacing.
All of these steps have been practised for years by the NWL professionals, that’s why you can always rely on us.