When it comes to installing stairs, every millimetre counts so it’s crucial stairs are measured correctly before ordering. Take a look through our staircase measurement and installation guide below.
What questions should I be asking my customer?
It’s crucial to understand what your customer wants; What finish they are after? What is the purpose of the stairs? Is it a winder or a straight flight? These are just some of the questions you should be asking your customer - but it’s equally important that you are able to advise on what stair configuration is suitable for the available space.
What are the key considerations when measuring and positioning a staircase?
Measuring the floor-to-floor height will establish how much room is available to fit the staircase. Ensure that you are measuring from the finished floor level, as this will alter your measurements if this has not yet been set. In addition, you need to take into consideration headroom clearance at all points of the stairs. Building Regulations state that for a domestic staircase a minimum of 2 metres is required for headroom space.
Layout and style are essential – if not already in place, you will need to consider where the internal wall will be positioned, or whether you will you opt for the staircase to be open on one side. To determine which flight will fit in the space, measure the width (wall to wall). You will also need to allow for doorways or walkways to ensure that there is enough room for people to walk around once in position.
What are your top five tips for installing stairs?
1. Check and then check again.
Prior to installation, check whether there needs to be additional preparation made to joints and trimmings before the components are fixed into position.
2. Use appropriate fixings.
Ensure that the type of fixings used provide a suitable level of support and are appropriate for the material that the stair is being fitted to.
3. Allow additional room to manoeuvre parts of the flight to be fitted into position.
Consideration should also be given to allow any finishes to be applied, such as dry lining or plastering.
4. Support the stairs with a fixing post.
This is particularly important for winder flights, to prevent the stairs from bowing or collapsing while being secured into place.
5. Protect users of the stairs from falling.
Other than the two bottom steps, a barrier, often in the form of a balustrade must be securely fixed to the flight to provide the necessary protection.
How can I ensure that I’m measuring stairs correctly?
Measuring stairs correctly is critical, as inaccurate measurements by even just a few millimetres can be costly and cause delays. By opting for a professional measuring service such as JELD-WEN’s ‘one call’ free stair measuring service, you’ll not only be relinquished from responsibility, you’ll also benefit from extensive expertise, and be confident in the knowledge that the staircase follows regulatory standards, all of which will help keep your project schedule on track.
If your customer wants a certain specification, JELD-WEN’s made-to-measure option will not only allow the staircase to meet the requirements of the homeowners, but will also allow you to adapt it to match the style of the overall project.