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Staircase Renovation Tips: From Installation to Maintenance

Last modified: 2021-11-29 | Approximate reading time 3 mins

Léa Plourde-Archer

Installing or building a staircase is much more complicated than one would imagine. Several norms must be met to have a staircase that abides by local regulations.

Before we get into the core of the matter, it is important to look at the different parts that make up a staircase: tread, stair nosing, stair riser, step, handrail, etc. You can always refer to the image below but to get more detailed information, we recommend that you check it this very complete article on the RONA website.

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What to do before you build or install your staircase

Before you start building or installing a staircase, try to establish your budget so you can determine which type of staircase you will be able to get. Most staircases are built using hardwood, floating floor, carpet, ceramic and cement, among other materials. Each element can have an impact on the total cost of the project.

Also, since handrails are mandatory, you will have to take into account the number of poles that will be needed, with each pole being priced individually. Once again, prices will vary depending on the type of material. In any case, handrails are often one of the most expensive elements for this type of project.

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Other aspects that will have an impact on the price include the size of the stairs and the complexity of its building process. Therefore, a straight staircase will cost less than a spiral staircase. The area where the staircase will be installed inside the house could also affect the price. If located in a room that sees a lot of traffic, staircase materials will have to be chosen according to their durability and their esthetical appearance, for them to fit well with the rest of the room décor.

However, if you find that you won’t be using the stairs regularly (stairs that lead to the basement or the attic), you may want to choose materials that are a bit on the lower end. The amount of space that you have will also play a role in the decision process.

The average cost of an interior staircase

If you will be using it often and plan to carry large amounts of materials, choose accordingly. In most cases, a nice staircase will run somewhere to the tune of $5000, including labour. When you hire a contractor to do the job, before you sign the contract, make sure that the finishing process and the installation costs are included in the quoted price.

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Technical information about staircases

Climbing up or going down the stairs is a much more pleasant experience when the steps are large enough to accommodate your movements. Your feet shouldn’t exceed the tip of the stair nosing. Floating toes can lead to accidents! Furthermore, the length of the stairs should not make it so a person that uses the staircase is forced to take strides that are too long or too short.

The distance between each step should not be overtly spaced out or restricted. In other words, changing a staircase is not an easy task. It means knowing local building codes to make sure that the building and dimensions follow the regulations that are currently in effect in your area. If you neglect to adapt to these requirements, local authorities may issue a notice of violation with a fine exceeding $100. It’s better to hire a reliable contractor that will take care of the job.

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