The Best Stair Parts for Remodeling and Repair Projects

As a large architectural element, staircases have a significant impact on the style of the home. Remodelling them is a way to bring a whole new atmosphere and feel into the space. You may also find yourself in the position of needing to repair a staircase that has been damaged or is just worn out from age. There are many different stair parts that can be combined in different ways to create a style that will enhance any home.

There are several elements to stairs. The tread is the part of the stairs that is walked on. The riser is the vertical front of each step, which is absent on some stairways, called “open-rise”. Stringers are the side panels. The balustrade includes the banister (or handrail), the balusters which support it and, often, newels, which are larger vertical support posts at the beginning, end, and turns.

In a particular stairway, certain of these elements cannot be changed; for example, if the stairs abut a wall on one side. Take this into consideration as you are creating your design concept. The new staircase should be designed as a whole so that it is cohesive.

If you are struck by a certain element while shopping – say a particular style of balustrade – be sure that the rest of the design integrates well with that element. This should be easy to do, because a wide selection of beautiful standard stair components is available. If you have something special in mind and cannot find it, then you can have parts custom made for you. Both iron and wood parts can be custom made to your specifications.

The latest trend is for wooden stairs with iron balusters and wood handrails and newels. This is a very elegant look and can be used to complement just about any home decor scheme. Oak stairs are most common, due to the durability of the hardwood. It can be stained anywhere from light to dark, or painted in any color. Open rise stairs are popular for a contemporary or organic look. Open-rise stairs tend to be more expensive, so may not be the best choice if you are on a strict budget.

The choice between staining or painting is another decision that you will want to make. Think about how you want the stairs to reflect, or make an impact on, the style of the room. Stain tends to looks warm and rich, while paint is lighter and airier.

Dark colors with light accents are more formal, and colored paint is more casual. Light colors open up the space. There are many options that you can choose to produce just the right feel for your home. Design consultants can help you figure out what to do, if you have trouble deciding.

If you are looking for a way to update your home, remodelling the stairs is a good choice. There are so many different styles that can be created using the finest standard and custom interior wood and iron stair parts. It is a big project, whether you do it yourself or hire a contractor, but having a beautiful new centerpiece for your home is worth it.