A staircase is the centerpiece of the home. It serves a function, to be sure, and furthermore, as a large architectural feature, it also contributes significantly to the home’s overall style. Therefore, the choice of stair components can be a good way to give your home or commercial property a whole new look, or to further enhance the style that’s already there.
A staircase is comprised, most simply, of the steps and the balustrade. The balustrade is made up of the handrail, or banister; the newels, which are the larger supports at the beginning, end, and turns of the staircase; and the balusters, which are the more slender posts between the newels. Each of these elements should be chosen so as to work well together in a cohesive design.
Wooden handrails are the most popular and, some would say, most attractive option. The hardwoods used to construct them are very durable for long life, and the wear that develops from use tends to simply add to the attractiveness of the rail. Wood can be restained or painted to change its look without expensive, time-consuming replacement.
Oak handrails are a very frequent choice, but other hardwoods are used as well, including poplar, hard maple, cherry, walnut, mahogany, birch, and more. Design profiles range from the round hardwood handrail to square, and highly detailed architectural wood railing.
Handrails, including round wood rails, are available with or without a plow, a groove on the underside which fits over the top of the balustrade. Round hardwood handrails are required to meet ADA hadicap codes in many commercial staircases. Plows increase strength and are also attractive. In addition to the standard railings available for sale, custom handrails can be designed to suit any need or desire.
Curved and circular stairways require that the handrail be built in a specific manner. Once the core has been built in this way, then any profile can be incorporated over it. There are just as many style choices for curved staircases as there are for their more angled cousins.
The design of the hand rail should be chosen so that it fits well with the rest of the design of the staircase, whether the entire staircase is being remodeled or if just the railing or balustrade is being replaced. Consider also the overall style and décor of the rooms which open onto the stairs and of the entire house in general. Do your family or company a favor and resist the temptation to build a staircase that you love, but which simply doesn’t fit your home or commercial space.
With a wood railing for stairs, wood newels and iron balusters complete the most popular current look. This is a very elegant design which can be modified, through the choice of the various components, to match any style from Victorian to Contemporary, and everything in between. Different stains and finishes can be chosen to personalize the design.
Stair remodeling brings a fresh, new look to the home while increasing its value. When you choose the finest standard and custom interior hardwood handrails for stairs, you show your pride in your living space. With so many options available, including custom designs, you can create the perfect staircase.