If you’re building a new home or remodeling then odds are you are going to need a pair of stairs.
If so, then have you thought about using metal stairs rather than wood?
Many modern and contemporary homes these days are starting to use metal stairs instead of wood. Metal stairs have three main benefits to the homeowner:
Metal stairs are a lot more superior than wood staircases! Most staircases made from wood use a douglas fir 2×10 sidewall or stringer that is notched and the real strength is similar to a 2×6 sitting vertically. This more than sufficient for most homes but compared to metal it is inferior. A metal staircase can easily support the weight of the whole home! This makes them feel sturdy and safe because they are.
When it comes to timber staircases noise is a problem especially if you live in a dry climate. In the summer they shrink from the low humidity and they create a good deal of noise when you walk on them. Only getting a glass of milk can wake up other people. This is inevitable with timber stairs because the use shims and wedges to fasten the stair treads that contract and expand. In the summertime they can be quite but are extremely creaky during the winter. Metal stairs on the other hand are welded strong and make almost no noise.
Metal stairs are very versatile and can come in various finishes and accent materials such as wood steps and handrail caps. The growing trend nowadays is to use a metal center for your stairs and then cap them off with either wood, glass or stone. This creates a beautiful modern contemporary look that can be custom tailored to any home design. For example a glass stair tread which is 1.5 inches believe will encourage 1800 lbs! That is sufficient power to support a SUV driving up a pair of glass stair treads. When a staircase uses metal as the supporting structure it also enables the designer or homeowner to choose any accent or blend of accents they might want. For example a home can use wood stair treads and then adding a marble handrail cap for a highly customised look and feel that isn’t only gorgeous but highly functional.
The biggest downside to adding metal stairs to you home is cost! They are more suited to high end homes that have a generous budget. Pricing can easily be 4 times the amount of a low end wood staircase.