Not only do prefabricated spiral staircases provide a space-efficient alternative to traditional, straight up-and-down stairs, but they are also a lot simpler to install than many people realize. It only takes two people to set up the kits, and you can get them in a multitude of different designs including traditional, modern, Victorian-style, transitional, and more. These great architectural design statements are offered in both outdoor and indoor materials and finishes, and you can get them in any number of different species of woods and types of metals.
A World of Choices
Before you pick from the myriad of prefabricated spiral staircases currently on the market, there are a few things to keep in mind and decide on. The height of the staircase must, of course, be kept in consideration. How many treads the staircase has, as well as treads and the degree to which the stairs rotate or spiral upward all depend on its height from the floor to the ceiling.
The diameter of the staircase must be thought about, too. Most come in five- to six-foot diameters, so make sure the floor opening you have designated corresponds with that. You will also need to decide which material to go with: Interior staircases come in burnished and polished brass, bronze, chrome and brushed steel, while outdoor staircases are offered in metals such as galvanized aluminum, iron, and powder-coated steel and in pressure-treated woods including pine and oak. And before you make a final decision on any staircase kit, clear it with your city or town’s building codes to make sure everything is acceptable and legitimate in that area.
Prefabricated spiral staircases come in kits consisting of the following: a center column that includes a top cap and a base plate, treads (steps) and risers, handrails, and balusters. The center columns are offered in a variety of shapes; round, square, rectangular, oval, etc. Treads come in wood or metal and many feature filigreed patterns and/or gratings with some offering coverings that can be fitted over the treads. Handrails and balusters come in all different types of designs and styles to suit any homeowner’s desires.
Tools and Finishes
Although almost all prefabricated spiral staircases come with the above components, as well as complete printed instructions and fasteners such as bolts, screws, etc., you will need to have the proper tools on hand for installation. Tools necessary include a hammer, drill, pliers, tape measure, level, clamps, hacksaw, wood saw, pipe wrench, and a ladder to reach the ceiling. Other tools may be required depending on the kit.
You can purchase prefabricated spiral staircases already finished or you can finish it yourself. Finishing the staircase yourself may mean making more of a mess and take more time, but the advantage lies in being better able to complement your surrounding decor.
Pricing and Install Time
Prefabricated spiral staircases run the gamut on price range. Depending on style, quality, and design, they can be purchased for as low as several hundred dollars or run as high at $5,000 or more. Installation takes anywhere from one to three full, eight-hour days.
For a project that makes an eye-catching architectural statement, installing prefabricated spiral staircases is a fairly easy-to-do job that provides a lot of reward. Check them out online and let your imagine go to see just how big of a design impact you can make with this great way to save on space while providing a stylish way to go from one level to the next in or outside your home.