Enhancing Your Home’s Ambience with Jarrah Timber Staircases

16 May 2019

Staircases are an intrinsic part of the function and aesthetics of many houses. Because of the importance of staircases in the daily lives of people living in homes, it has had many incarnations throughout the centuries, which has resulted in staircases becoming something of an art-form onto themselves.

One of the most popular materials for staircase construction is wood, and several types of wood have been used since yesteryear to create different types of staircases with unique aesthetic properties. In spite of the sheer number of wood types that have been employed for staircase construction however, hardwoods have remained the ideal choice for staircases. Unfortunately, high-quality hardwoods have become something of a rarity these days and are now very costly because of limited availability, and can be very difficult to acquire.

Thankfully, some newer types of hardwoods that were originally not part of the standard choice for use in staircase construction have been made available and are now employed to great effect, as an alternative to costlier woods like oak, mahogany, and ebony. One such wood is called ‘jarrah’ (Eucalyptus marginata), which are found profusely in the south-western corner of Western Australia.

This type of tree is fast becoming a prime alternative to costlier hardwoods for very good reasons. So, if you are planning to have a staircase constructed for your home, then consider opting for jarrah wood.

Here are some of the reasons why it is worth your consideration:

• Superior aesthetic properties – jarrah wood is characterised by a rich mélange of reds, browns, and dun yellows – with a breathtakingly perfect grain pattern. Heartwood is typically a rich, rust-red or warm leather-brown while sapwood can feature dun yellows and red-orange hues. This makes the wood versatile enough for various applications, allowing one to be able to create a play of colour on a staircase, with just one type of wood.

• Low-maintenance and rot resistant – jarrah wood is highly resistant to weathering and can be employed for either indoor or outdoor staircase construction. Jarrah wood is rot resistant, and being a species of eucalyptus it is likewise resistant to termites, marine borers, weevils, and other pests that would otherwise wreak havoc on most other types of wood.

• Superior durability– staircases are high-traffic areas that should have quality wood which can take the repeated strain. Jarrah is exactly this type of hardy wood. Known for its fibrous nature, it provides this natural structural integrity to any man-made structure made with it.

For more information about jarrah wood for staircases, or anything related to staircases, contact Melbourne’s staircase professionals at Planet Stairs today.

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