There are several factors to consider when choosing a staircase, particularly for a commercial building. The design and construction material used will play a big part in the appearance of the staircase, which in turn will impact the overall look of the property.

There are also the legal considerations to bear in mind, such as planning permission and building regulations.

Here, we’ll look at what you need to consider in order to choose the right staircase for your commercial building.

Staircase Location

Staircases may need to be positioned inside or outside, depending on the design of your property.

Outdoor staircases are useful for first-floor access, as well as for connecting to terraces or balconies. They can also be employed as emergency escape routes, or to allow roof access for maintenance purposes.

Any materials used outside will need to be suitable for outdoor use and have non-slip properties.

There are additional government regulations that will need to be complied with for outdoor staircases, which is why it’s best to work with a reliable, professional company.

Indoor staircases will be a more common choice for most commercial buildings, offering more versatility and style options. The design of the staircase can offer visual impact or fit in with the identity of the brand and building.

Staircase Style

Staircases are available in a range of design styles.

The type of ‘stringer’ on the staircase is one aspect that will impact its appearance. The stringer is the support that the steps are fixed onto.

There are four main stringer styles:

  • Lateral stringer staircase – the support is visible on at least one side of the staircase
  • Central stringer staircase – the support is positioned in the middle of the staircase, like a spine
  • Suspended staircase – to make the steps look like they are floating, the stringer may be concealed in the wall
  • Cut string staircase – from the side of the staircase the tread and riser profiles can be seen

Within style, there is also the option to consider staircases with or without risers.

Construction Material

The construction material will make a big difference to the appearance of the staircase.

Popular materials for staircases include wood, metal, glass and concrete.

  • The timeless appearance and versatility of wood makes it one of the most popular staircase materials - that’s why it’s our preferred choice here at Stairway Joinery!
  • Metal staircases can work well for industrial designs and are also available in a range of more decorative styles.
  • Glass can be incorporated into modern, minimalist designs and is most suitable for contemporary buildings. A benefit of glass is that it allows light to flow through the stairwell.
  • Concrete has grown in favour in recent years, no longer resigned to car parks and fire escapes. It can make a stylistic choice for interior staircases as well. Here at Stairway Joinery, we can provide and fit timber, metal and glass components to compliment and finish a concrete staircase.

UK Building Regulations

When it comes to designing staircases, particularly in commercial settings, there are a range of building regulations to comply with. These cover all aspects of the build, from the height of the steps to the positioning of doors on landings.

In some cases, you may also need to consider planning permission, especially if the staircase will alter the outside appearance of the building or if you are working in a listed property.

Discussing the project with a professional stair fitter is the best way to ensure your project will comply with UK building regulations.

Working with Experts

Enlisting the help of experts is the best way to make sure you’re choosing the best staircase for your commercial property.

At Stairway Joinery, we have over 40 years’ worth of experience in designing, manufacturing and fitting staircases, and we’re committed to offering bespoke designs that will work for your business and building. Why not take a look at our gallery to see some of our work?

For more information, give our expert team a call on 01202 622826 or fill out our contact form. We’d love to hear from you!

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