Adding a spiral staircase to your home is a great way of updating and improving the appearance. Many people feel overwhelmed when they hear of adding a spiral staircase, like it’s some elaborate and difficult process but in reality it’s quite simple. While it may be true that adding a spiral staircase to your home, completely handmade, with or without spiral staircase plans might be difficult, with the use of a spiral staircase kit the job is a great deal easier.
You can purchase spiral staircase kits from a variety of manufacturers that can and will customize it according to your ideas and wants. They can use the material you choose, from hardwoods like oak or mahogany, to metals like steel or aluminum. The manufacturing company who designs and builds the spiral staircase will assemble it, test it out and then proceed to disassemble it, package it and send it to you. They can drop-ship it to you, so it comes right to your house and you can get started quickly. Each piece will be shipped to you where you can open it, lay it out and get started putting your spiral staircase kits together.
One great benefit, besides the look and appeal of adding a new spiral staircase with spiral staircase kits is that it adds value to your home, and also gives it that unique look and appeal to raise the value simply because of looks. Not many homes will have a luxurous spiral staircase so you adding one to your home is a great way to mark up the price if you plan on selling.
One important thing to keep in mind is that you should go with a company who has a reputation of high quality stairs, as well as good instructions on assembling them. The last thing you want is to get a spiral staircase kit with lacking directions and to assemble it wrong, or not be able to do it at all. It’s a good sign if they offer a number you can call for assistance, because sometimes you simply run into something or a problem that can’t be solved by reading something off paper. Instead of having to call a specialist and spend your own money, it’s nice to have an easy way to contact them to clear up an issues. Sometimes the problem might not even be that you did something wrong, or don’t understand, it’s possible that the issue is something from their side, whether a piece was left out, something doesn’t line up, etc. It’s not good for you to be forced to spend money solving something that isn’t your fault.
Some people choose to use spiral staircases kits inside their home, while others outside. When ordering your spiral staircase kit it’s important to get one that goes according to your design wishes. Many people see a spiral staircase they want, maybe it looks a certain way, matches another one they saw in movie, or museum, but if it’s not ultimately right for the destination, it’s not going to go over too well. There are differences in outside and inside spiral stairs so make sure you do pay attention when ordering.
Once you’ve decided on what spiral staircase you want to buy, bought it, installed it, either by yourself or by a professional, then you can look in amazement at the great decision you made and be proud, but you’re not done. One thing that many new staircase owners regret eventually is that they didn’t take good enough care of their stairs. No matter what type of staircase you bought, material-wise, or whether or not it was an indoor or outdoor staircase, you’re going to need to take care of it the proper way, and often enough to where it doesn’t get damaged either by outside forces such as weather, wear and tear or spills/accidents.
If you’ve bought an iron staircase then you’ve got it a little easier. Iron is one of the most available metals on earth and is easy to clean, is reliable and doesn’t get damaged easily. If you want it to shine though, you’ll need to put in a little elbow grease. You can find it in everything at one point, whether it be a gate, fence, handrails, stairs, etc so learning how to take care of your stairs will also help in other areas. It’s a good useful knowledge to know, regardless of where or why you learned it.
What type of Staircase do you have?
The two main versions of iron for your staircases will be either cast or wrought iron. Both come from the same place, but they are manufactured differently and as an end result, look and work a little different. Nothing too drastic however.
Typically when you but a spiral staircase kit it will come with instructions on how to take care of it, so follow those and then just add whatever outside knowledge to that as well. The manufacturers of spiral staircases aren’t always the most concerned with your stairs lasting forever, so getting external feedback on how to care for them is something we definitely recommend.
Cleaning wrought iron spiral stairs
Clean during the appropriate weather: It should be common sense that you don’t want to set aside a day to clean your stairs if it’s going to be rainy, or dark outside so you can’t get the job done correctly. This obviously stands for the case of outdoor spiral staircases, because if you’re indoors, the weather doesn’t really effect you.
Indoor wrought iron stairs don’t really get the same kind of weather damage and degradation compared to outdoor wrought iron spiral staircases typically. If you keep the surfaces of these stairs dry as possible, it makes a huge difference. A good portion of the amount of damage that external stairs get is because of the rain, as well as they stay wet for a long period of time outside and that can cause water damage and rust. Simple using a damp cloth and a mild cleaner can clean your indoor stairs with ease. Outdoor stairs will obviously need to be clean at a much greater interval.
Removing rust: Rust is obviously the biggest enemy you’re going to have. Typically you will use a wire brush or something similar like sandpaper. It also depends on the amount of corrosion and rust on how rough of a brush you’ll need to use.
Apply rust inhibitor: Spray it down, according to the amount specified by the type of rust inhibitor you’re going to use. Make sure the surface is prepared properly. Just as the same with most types of metal degradation the corrosion is typically worse than it looks at first, the further you get in there to clean, the more you’re going to realize the damage is surprising. This is typically the case anyways. You can use the rust inhibitor as a primer for a topcoat of paint like glossy or enamal, or just a final coat.
Outdoor spiral staircase kits are not quite as common as indoor, but still can be the perfect addition for your home. One great thing about them is that you can appreciate their looks and appeal without being in the house, so people who are driving or walking by your location can see and appreciate them.
Here will we go over some outdoor spiral staircase kits that are available on the internet.
Eureka Spiral Staircase Kit.
The Eureka Outdoor Spiral Staircase Kit is offered by Arkestairs and is available in 3 colors. Black, white or grey. It has a powder coated finish and turns clockwise or counterclockwise depending on your choice. One cool thing about this particular circular staircase is that it goes through two processes which protect it for its exterior use. The first step is an electrostatic galvanization process which is for the base protection, then they add a second protection layer of the powder coat pain. By using these methods it can last longer, and endure more. This kit is adjustable in height, and can go from about 8 feet, to 10 feet give or take. You can also get some additional parts to even extend it up to 12 feet or more. If you want the additional kits you would have to purchase them separately. The stair treads are made from solid steel and have plastic tread covers which had great durability. The handrail as well as the staircase finishes are both in a grey PVC for the white and grey choices, and the black PVC is used obviously for the black kits. This spiral staircase kit is great for outdoor use, and can be used for square, round or even mezzanine designs.
Aluminum Spiral Staircase Kit for Exterior Decks.
Considering that outside is unpredictable, and can be extreme in one degree to the other, picking the right outside spiral staircase for your deck is important. You need it to be resistant to whatever nature plans on throwing it’s way, so you simply need a tougher solution. When you go with aluminum you are headed in the right direction. While you can use them for inside, they are better used for outside areas because of how lightweight but durable they are. Also they are naturally resistant to rust which is very important in rainy climates. All of these factors make it an ideal choice for an exterior staircase kit choice.
This particular kit from Salter Spiral Stair has increased longevity because they add their own factory finish which is called powder coating and is considered to be very durable and a high quality finish. You can get the finish currently in white, black or even other custom colors. Another great quality about this spiral staircase kit is that it’s virtually maintenance free and is perfect for outdoor areas like patios or decks. Even rooftops that you need to access, if you want it to be easy, and not have to deal with bulky regular steps, save space and make it look good by using this kit.
You can choose between different tread styles which is definitely a nice feature. The different options are standard aluminum tread with closed ends, curved up aluminum tread with closed ends which provide a thin profile, long curved aluminum tread with closed ends which look more regal and elegant, code riser aluminum tread with closed ends which will take up less space and grated aluminum tread with closed ends which allows a bigger profile opening for water pass-through. You can also pick between different Tread Coverings and Balusters.
Galvanized Steel Outdoor Spiral Staircase Kit
A good choice for a metal spiral staircase kit and another great product from Salter Spiral Stair, this is a great choice for outside spiral staircases for your home or business. It’s constructed using only the most durable material, and the steel has been “hot-dipped” and galvanized is about the most durable of a choice you’re going to find for these types of stairs. The process is simple, they hot-dip the steel to galvanize it and then do the same for all of the other component surfaces as well. Then, when the stair is assembled they coat all the joints which is going to protect them great from rust.
After this is complete, and the staircase kit is fully assembled, you will have a tough, long-lasting and durable outdoor staircase that will last you a lifetime. You can choose between the basic light-grey color that comes natural, or they can primer it in whatever color you’d like. The galvanizing process makes a huge difference in how long you can expect that color to last on your stairs. It also makes a big difference in how much wear and tear your staircase will be able to take. If you’re looking for a cost-effective, durable and overall great outdoor staircase then galvanized is the way to go.