Stairs are one of the things in a home that can sometimes get damaged more quickly. If you don’t recognize what I’m talking about, think about all the creaky stairs you’ve been on inside a home. I can’t count how many times this has happened. There isn’t as much of a foundation to a second floor as there is on the ground level, so I suppose that’s why it happens. It’s not just the stairs themselves that get messed up but also the rails.
Do you have rails for your stairs? There are of course rails for stairs in commercial buildings, and then there are the rails for staircases in residential dwellings. Do you often see wooden railings? Many people say that steel handrails for stairs are a great idea instead of wood or another material being used. Handrails are used consistently everyday, and they can break, loosen and all kinds of issues can arise. Of course, if you have steel handrails installed, that’s less likely to happen.
However, it’s definitely about much more than just aesthetics. You have to think about safety, too. Don’t make the mistake of neglecting this. If you’re walking up the stairs using a wooden handrail and all the sudden it breaks, you could fall. Of course, there are all different kinds of handrails, meaning there are different types made of the same materials as well. For example, I did see a mention of wooden handrails built into staircases, so those might be a little more durable. If you are viewing properties with your estate agent, make sure to check what materials were used for the construction of these hand rails.
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However, steel handrails are going to be more durable than wooden handrails or any other material for that matter. How would they look with your stair design? You often see these kinds of handrails in commercial buildings for sure. For instance, they are used in the stairwells for the building where I live. On the 12th floor, I take the stairs down to the ground level quite often because of two reasons. First, I like to get my exercise, and second, I don’t want to wait for the elevator to hit my floor.
The steel handrails in my building are rock solid, and they are painted orange. They are more than just rails as the bars go all the way down to the ground in rows. In some settings, all you need is the handrail. Even staircases with enclosed walls need those handrails. You can look at all the different designs to see what fits your home as far as what looks good and what is best for safety and stability.
Do the steel handrails cost more? You’re definitely going to consider price, but again, I caution you to think more about stability. People sometimes put their entire weight on handrails by leaning into them, and they have to be sturdy and supportive. There is no way that wood is ever going to be as sturdy and supportive as steel. Think about what other features might need to be added to your staircase. What’s the flooring surface? Does it need to be changed, and do you need any more lighting?