While looking for new stairs for industrial use, it is very important to select the right ones, as they will contribute to the safety and style of your project. And before doing this, there are a few things you need to understand.
Here we have put together a guide for everything you should know before making a purchase of an industrial staircase.
This guide offers complete details about the different types of industrial staircases to facilitate your search for the right industrial staircase.
Choosing the right industrial staircase
Before choosing the suitable industrial staircase, you need to consider the following key criteria:
- Building regulations
- With or without risers
- Design options
Before buying a staircase you need to plan first and for this consider the following factors. These are :
- Area available
- Minimum headroom required
- The number of landings or number of turns
- Number and type of users
- Staircase location – Indoor or outdoor
- Budget available
2. Building regulations
Before buying the industrial staircase, check if there are any building regulations regarding the staircase installation. If you are planning for made-to-measure staircases, check if your artisan is insured and follows all the local building regulations. Factors to be considered are:
- The angle of the staircase
- Required headroom
- Number of steps
- Width of staircases
- Depth of the treads
- Height of the risers
- Height of the balustrade
- Relevant fire regulations
3. Types of staircases
You can choose from a wide variety of staircases like a spiral, straight, quarter turn, and half turn. Make your choice based on your preference and other factors like space and headroom availability, regulations, ease of use, and design.
4. Staircase material
The staircase material impacts the safety, maintenance, comfort, and aesthetics of the surroundings. Generally, staircases are made of a combination of materials like wooden staircases, metal staircases, glass, and concrete staircases. You can choose from a range of traditional and contemporary styles for your staircase.
5. Staircases with or without risers
For wooden and concrete staircases, risers are the more common option. These risers ensure the safety and ease of use of the staircase. Whereas, staircases without risers are relatively light and therefore appear to be floating. Because of this, they need the support of a central column or stringer.
6. Staircase designs options
There are a number of design options available for staircases to choose from. You can choose any one of them depending upon the availability of space and your preferences. To save floor space you can choose a compact staircase with alternating stair treads or a narrower footprint. In order to highlight the staircase design, or to take steps more visible in poorly lit areas you can choose illuminated staircases. Prefabricated or kit staircases are easy to install and usually less expensive than made-to-measure staircase options.
Things to consider while choosing an outdoor staircase
While choosing an outdoor industrial staircase, you need to consider several important factors including the maintenance requirements, weather resistance, anti-slip textures, and ease of use. The outdoor staircases at the entrances of apartments have a big impact on the aesthetic value of the building. So it is essential to pay attention to the staircase design and material to fit perfectly with the existing architecture and design scheme of the building. Also, make sure that the material you choose for your industrial stairs is suitable for the exterior weather conditions and is non-slippery. It is very essential to get it finished with a protective coating, to avoid slippage.
The exterior staircases meant for fire escape need extra attention like sizing requirements, which depends on local regulations, the type of building and number of levels, number of occupants, and alternative means of escape.
For any industrial building, it is important to consciously consider the type of industrial staircase that will be used. The decision about the kind and the shape of the stair depends on the space requirements, function of the staircase, as well as the architecture and design of the project.