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Staircase Safety Considerations for Loft Conversions

26.09.16

When installing a staircase as part of a loft conversion, it’s easy to get caught up in the aesthetics. It’s important, however, to consider safety first in any build, and particularly when it comes to loft conversion staircases, as they are the main escape route out of the converted attic in the event of a fire.

Before you decide upon one type of staircase or another, speak to your loft conversion specialist. A good loft conversion company will talk you through the pros and cons so that you can make an informed decision and balance beauty with safety.

Spiral Staircases

A spiral staircase is a favourite for a loft conversion, with the simple reason being that they save space both on the first floor and within the new loft room. They’re also really aesthetically pleasing.

The problem with spiral staircases, however, is that they aren’t wide enough to allow two people to pass one another in a hurry – or even at a normal pace – should the occasion arise. They can also be difficult for children or those with a disability or visual impairment to negotiate, and so this is something to consider.

Floating Staircases

The contemporary look of floating staircases, so named as they have a gap between each step on the staircase to give a floating look rather than being a solid step, makes them very appealing to the eye.

However, they are often narrower than a traditional staircase, which, just as with a spiral staircase, makes them harder to pass anyone else on the stairs. Similarly, because of their floating nature, there can be a tendency for feet to get caught in the gap between steps, which may mean they could lead to more injuries than a traditional staircase.

Traditional Staircases

You can’t go wrong with a traditional staircase. They are a safe option which your Local Authority’s Building Regulations department will approve of. They also allow for a safe passage if two people need to cross on the stairs in an emergency.

And don’t dismiss a traditional staircase as boring: if you feel that a wooden staircase is too mundane, opt for a metal staircase for a modern feel, or glass for an elegant look.

The subject of staircase safety is an important part of any loft conversion and shouldn’t be dismissed. If you’re not sure what type of staircase will work for your family and your home, speak to a specialist loft conversion contractor such as Bespoke Lofts. We offer free, no obligation quotes and will keep you and your family safe on the stairs.

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