Stairs and handrails are needed for those with multilevel homes for easy access between the different floors. Two items that go hand-in-hand, stairs and handrails can be built using the same hardwood flooring materials as the rest of the home and look great along the way. For multilevel homes, having a safe staircase that offers protective handrails can not only enhance your home's appearance but guard the stairs with added security.
Hardwood stairs can be designed to accommodate your multilevel space and are easy to clean and look great with the rest of your flooring system. Integrated into the larger hardwood floor system, hardwood stairs can be built using the same hardwood and materials like those from the floors, but are cut and installed differently to build a series of small steps or an entire staircase.
The sizing of the stairs will usually depend on the home's measurements and space available. For many clients, they want to open up space on the stairs and make it easier for guests to access and use them with ease. Some stairs that have carpet can easily retain the allergens and debris that hardwood does not, as they are harder to clean in between the creases and edges of the carpet's fibers. Hardwood, on the other hand, is much easier to clean and doesn’t require using a vacuum to get in between each stair to remove debris. Using hardwood to update your stairs can also widen the stairs’ appearance and give it more open space between each step than the effect carpet might usually give. Hardwood boards are cut to the size of existing stairs to match the frame, while new builds are negotiated between the homeowner and contractor for optimal quality and preference needs.
In conjunction with the steps, handrails are important to maintaining balance and giving stairs some structure, depending on how they’re designed. Without handrails, walking up and down stairs can be a task of balance and skill, especially when carrying items or when it’s more difficult to see the steps themselves. Whatever the need for handrails, it’s no secret that they help provide security and balance to stairs so that they’re not free-standing and allow for easy injury. Whether the handrails are made of wood or another chosen material, they’re installed with attention to detail and precision for security and safety.
Handrail options include hardwood rails or other assorted materials such as iron or lighter metals. Working with a professional contractor will ensure that you’re given an array of handrail options that meets your needs and fits your home’s aesthetic. Since many staircases are often a decorative yet functional part of the home, clients expect handrails that complement the rest of the hardware and are sturdy enough to support the stairs altogether. Handrails can be arranged for both straight and spiral staircases, in order to maximize the space available and create a custom appearance that brightens and adds to your home’s interiors.