Important requirement for any staircase is a compatibility with overall design. There are many materials in the building market. WPC steps are easy to install, while the stone products are durable. It is easy to make a brick staircase with your own hands. In this article, we will tell you about the types and characteristics of the popular materials and explain how to use the steps from natural stone.
Accessible and practical terrace board
In the photo, terrace board made of wood-polymer composite (WPC) reminds of wood. However, the former has much better indicators. It is easy to mount and clean. Due to the corrugated surface, you don’t need to use anti-slip pads and other devices. Over time, WPC steps will start creaking, unlike its wooden analogs.
It is worth noting that terrace board doesn’t require water-repellent treatment. It is resistant to rot and fungus. Decking steps are resistant to unfavorable temperatures. As this material is made on the basis of sawdust and fibers, it has a lower price and a higher wear resistance. Steps from terrace board have many design and color options.
Natural beauty and reliability of stone
A win-win situation is to build a stone staircase. You can use both natural stone and its artificial analogs (in particular, agglomerate steps). They have different scope of application. The following materials can be used for external structures:
Depending on the design, you can build glass or stone steps in the accommodation. The following materials are recommended for the interior structures:
Outdoor steps made of natural stone require anti-slip treatment.
On the granite products, you should make several notches at a distance of 20-30 mm from each other. Another option is the application of anti-slip 5-cm strips. Grating steps have a rough surface, while some treatments (for example, sawing or bush hammering) allow you to make the whole step non-slippery.
An economical way to prevent slipping is to paste an abrasive tape.
Granite is not the only stone for the finishing of staircases. You can achieve interesting effects by choosing the sandstone steps. The surfaces made in the form of mosaic from the fragments of natural stone look original. Decorative effect is reached by means of natural shades of sandstone.
Artificial stone in the decoration
Agglomerate steps (pictured below) have proved successful on the market. This natural stone is based on the natural stone crumbs with the use of bonding agents and decorative fillers. Due to the cast structure, this material doesn’t absorb moisture and is highly hygienic. Agglomerate steps are resistant to abrasive agents and impact.
We should note that the price of such products will be higher than that of their marble analogs. You can find a wide range of colors on the market of finishing materials, which allows you to choose the shades that suit best for the overall color scheme. Agglomerate steps are more resistant to contamination than marble products. However, it is not recommended to use them outdoors as they are vulnerable to the effects of ultraviolet.
Options of the hand-made porch
Even though porch with stone steps is an aesthetic and safe option, it can’t be called accessible. Such solution as grating steps is not suitable for every building. Brick staircase is the easiest to build with your own hands (you can face it later if you want). In the picture below, you can see the funny and positive porch made of colored brick.
The work is carried out in several stages:
- Formation of reinforced concrete pad.
- Making the layout for the precise brick laying.
- Laying the porch platform and sidewall.
- Laying of brick steps.
You can build such structure with your own hands by using other material. In conclusion, you must choose the finishing materials. Laminate steps are sometimes used due to their low price, but this material is not recommended for decorating the stairs. Facing with stone is a safe and practical solution.
Transparent elements of interior
Glass steps can be used to visually increase the space. They go well with steel handrails and other elements of structure. Due to the technology of “gluing” the sheets of glass, the structure turns out both elegant and safe.
Glass steps can be made in different configurations. These can be both common stairs and intricate winding structures. Another method of fastening is bolting, when one end of tread is just mounted into the wall.
Above we presented the summary of material for the staircases (with the photos). Share your recommendations on the choice of finishing materials or care of the glass steps in the comments.