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Common questions

Frequently asked Questions

Below you'll find a selection of questions that often come our way. If the answer you're looking for doesn't come up then please reach out to us.

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What types of balustrades are available for stairs?

Balustrades for stairs can be made from various materials such as wood, metal, glass, or a combination of these. They can be designed in various styles, from traditional to modern, to complement the overall design of the stairs.

How do I choose the right type of stairs for my home or commercial building?

Choosing the right type of stairs involves considering factors such as available space, the architectural style of the building, safety requirements, and personal preferences. Consulting with a professional stair designer, like one of our team at Ackworth House, can help you make an informed decision.

What building codes and regulations apply to floating stairs?

Floating stairs must comply with local building codes and regulations, which dictate requirements for dimensions, load-bearing capacity, and safety features such as handrails and non-slip surfaces. We hold this knowledge and apply it to every staircase we design to ensure it is a consideration from the beginning.

Can floating stairs be installed in any type of building?

Floating stairs can be installed in a variety of settings, including residential and some commercial and industrial buildings. However, the structural integrity of the building and specific architectural and building requirements must be taken into account to determine feasibility.

Do floating stairs require special maintenance?

Maintenance for floating stairs depends on the materials used. Generally, they require regular cleaning and timber stairs may need occasional refinishing, while metal and glass components should be checked for any signs of wear or damage.

How long does it take to install floating stairs?

The timeline for installing floating stairs depends on the complexity of the design and the scope of the project. On average, the process can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months, including design, fabrication, and installation.

What is the installation process for floating stairs?

The installation process typically involves an initial consultation and design phase, engineering and consents, followed by the fabrication of the stairs and then the actual installation. Professional installation is crucial to ensure the stairs are securely and safely fitted. Our full process is outlined here.

How much do floating stairs cost?

The cost of floating stairs can vary widely depending on factors such as the materials used, the complexity of the design, and the size of the staircase. It is best to request a quote for a more accurate estimate based on specific project requirements.

What are the benefits of floating stairs?

Floating stairs offer several benefits including a modern, elegant appearance, the ability to make a space feel more open and airy, and the potential to create a striking architectural feature. They can also be designed to fit a variety of spaces and styles.

Can floating stairs be customised?

Absolutely. Floating stairs can be customised to fit your specific design and aesthetic preferences. Options include various materials, finishes, tread shapes, and the addition of features like glass balustrades or integrated lighting.

What are floating stairs?

Floating stairs, also known as cantilevered stairs, are a type of staircase where the treads appear to float in mid-air without visible support from beneath or above. This is achieved by anchoring the treads to a solid wall or using hidden structural supports.

What materials are used in floating stairs?

We construct floating stairs using various materials including timber, steel, glass, and concrete. The choice of material often depends on the desired aesthetic, structural requirements, and the environment in which the stairs will be installed. We work with our customers to determine the best material for their project.

How are floating stairs supported?

Floating stairs are typically supported by a hidden structural element, such as a steel frame anchored to a wall or central spine, or treads that are cantilevered from a structural wall. This ensures the stairs are stable and secure while maintaining a minimalist appearance.

Are floating stairs safe?

Yes, floating stairs are safe when designed and installed correctly by professionals. They meet building codes and safety standards, and often include features such as handrails and non-slip surfaces to enhance safety.

A modern, minimalist hallway with light wooden flooring. Horizontal wooden slats partially obstruct the view, creating a floating partition. The space opens into a kitchen area with stools lining a counter, artwork on the walls, and windows that invite natural light.

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