Stairs are frequently used spaces that require robust strength to hold the frequent traffic. While designing stairs, especially wooden, we certainly look for the patterns, designs, and dimensions but pay less attention to their toughness. Installation of stairs requires proper planning to avoid the early damage and accidents due to foul construction.
The major deciding factors for better stairs are:
- The material used: If the entire flooring is made of hardwood, certainly the stairs also need to be wooden. But the owners have splendid choices among the types, which vary from oak, walnut to ash wood.
- Safety features: The stairs can be made safe for frequent use by installing stair nosing of the same material. It prevents slip and fall accidents and even enhances the look of a wooden finish. Proper banisters and polished boards are also essential to hold the planks intact.
Underfloor heating for stairs’ protection
While improvising the stairs with safety features, the wooden underfloor heating is also a fascinating aspect to consider. It protects the stairs reducing the maintenance required. Underheating is common among the wooden floors, which is now extended for stairs to ensure:
- Durability: Wood can easily damage under cold temperature and moisture. Stairs are often neglected for underheating, unlike the rest of the floor, which damages and chips them off. Replacing the wooden boards and polishing the stairs is a tedious task that can be prevented if the boards are dry and fresh.
- Resistance to damage: Wood of any type invites mites and insects to damage it with holes. Stairs can become hollow or get eaten inside out if they aren’t monitored enough. Underheating the floor and stairs keeps the wood warm and avoids the mites’ damage. You can be assured of their strength for a long duration.
Designing proper stairs for the interiors or outside the house requires many minute considerations apart from the pattern. It is highly essential to install safety measures to prevent their quick damage and expense of repeated repairs.