A metal staircase has many beneficial features in both domestic and commercial use, for example they are extremely versatility and can be custom made into a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. Simple, elegant, traditional or modern; the design possibilities are endless. The highly flexible metal makes staircase installation easy keeping construction costs low, plus they are renowned for their low maintenance and resistance to extreme temperature changes and humidity. Metal staircases can be used inside or out with no sealant, varnish or paint necessary. Most metal staircases are made from either aluminium or steel as these metals provide the most durability and versatility for competitive prices.
Metal staircases are popular with many home owners as an alternative to wooden or stone/concrete stairs as they offer greater durability over wood and stone and will last many years with their high resistance to damage and breakages. Because metal is so strong, it can be cut and welded into various complex designs which would be almost impossible with other materials, elaborate designs are easily achieved with metal. A metal staircase also adds value to your home yet is a cost-effective installation.
Finding decent tradesmen is essential nowadays to avoid being ripped off. To avoid less reputable tradesman there are a number of guidelines you can follow. First of all just say no to tradesmen that cold call – even if they promise a really great deal. If someone turns up out of the blue you have no idea who they are and whether they're qualified, sufficiently experienced or adequately insured, so avoid accepting offers on your doorstep!
If you feel pressurised from the hard sell simply ask for a business card and say you'll think about it. The best way by far to hire any tradesman is by personal recommendation, ask your family and friends who they call when they have a job that needs doing, if you know someone who has had a metal staircase built/installed, ask if they can recommend the contractor that carried out the work for them, so you can be sure they're competent and trustworthy.
Always shop around if possible, it makes financial sense get a few prices to ensure you get value for money, but always ask for a written quotation that includes full details of the work being carried out, the total cost and start date with estimated completion time. But remember that the cheapest quote may not always be the best option, sometimes it is worth more in terms of peace of mind to go with a tradesman with a strong reputation and an established track record.
A wide variety of metal staircases are available to be used for internal or external stairs, load docks, fire escapes, access platforms, garden and balcony access. All of which can either be supplied in kit form or bespoke designs professionally installed. Most staircases used today are hot dip galvanized for a maintenance free, weatherproof finish, so are suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Prices for kits start from around £700 for a simple 3 foot high staircase in kit form. Obviously, the higher the staircase the higher the price for both the supply and installation plus any extras such as balustrade, safety rails or landings required will also add to the price.
In addition, bespoke staircases specifically designed for you home or premises will also be much more expensive. To get an accurate price, use the "post your job" button on this page to supply brief details of your requirements along with contact information, then let local metalworkers get in touch with you to arrange a visit or survey. This service is free of charge and there is no obligation.