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Renovating or Replacing Staircases Guide

Posted on Thu July 12th 2018 by James Speke

In the process of renovating your home, whether it’s a complete project or constant improvements – it’s difficult to judge which tasks should be carried out in what order. Even when a task has been identified, it is difficult to understand not only the financial impact of the project – but also the impact such a task can have on your home.

Speaking to both trade customers and domestic customers, it’s clear that the decision to replace or renovate a staircase has a number of benefits and cons which need to be carefully considered.

Replacing a staircase typically takes around 10 weeks from start to finish, and is roughly the same scale of work as replacing a supporting wall. Below, we look at the pro’s and con’s of replacing and renovating your staircase.

Renovating your Staircase

In many cases, all that is required to bring a staircase up to scratch – is a simple renovation. A staircase which is well structured – and structurally sound should be surveyed for renovation in the first instance. Often, just a few simple changes can make a drastic impact to the appearance function, and safety of a staircase.

It’s often the simplest of changes which make the biggest differences – with replacement handrails, spindles and newel posts all contributing to a massive change. One of the biggest advantages of renovating a staircase is the cost saving VS replacing the entire staircase, alot of staircase parts and products are available online at an excellent price point.

Staircase renovations can also be pretty simple tasks for an experienced joiner, or can be DIY tasks for the more experienced DIY’er.

Replacing a Staircase

Usually, when we speak to customers in need of a new staircase, it’s usually because the staircases are in a dangerous state – with massive structural failings beyond repair. In these cases, replacement staircases are usually needed – and a trusted joiner should be found.

In other cases, a staircase is no longer fit for purpose. In these instances, especially in older homes – a more practical staircase should be installed.

Of course, all new staircases need to adhere to a number of building regulations, as well as passed planning permission. The local building authority should be consulted before any work takes place.