17 July 2017

Timber staircases don’t just make themselves; an enduring and stunning example of old-world craftsmanship has become the way it is due to a number of integral factors that many homeowners and architects of today sadly overlook. Back in the old days, people, especially artisans, were keener on matters of quality, often opting to produce one-of-a-kind pieces that showcased their skills and innovativeness, rather than opting for low-quality pieces that were basic in its construction.

Even in the highly mechanised world of today, the same mind-set holds true – quality will always trump quantity, especially if what you’re after is more than just a piece that ‘does its job’, and are truly looking for something that will take your breath away.

There are three basic factors that separate a typical staircase from a high-quality one, and here’s what you need to look out for:

  • Timber quality – any good timber staircase has to be made from high-quality timber. The raw material, whether oak, beech wood, or some other hardwood has to be completely free from mars, cracks, warping, and pitting to ensure that it lasts, and that it is able to take on a pristine finish.
  • Construction methods – there is more than one way to design a timber staircase, and the true marker of high-quality craftsmanship can be found in the combination of old-fashioned methods and modern innovation. Whereas old timber staircases were held in place by nails or through the formation of fitted pieces or glued joints, modern staircases are often set in place with nuts and bolts, often made of plated chromium steel or copper.

While this is unlike the traditional method of construction, it offers superior durability and a low-maintenance nature that is perfect for modern homes.

  • Traditional finishes – tradition isn’t always the be-all and end-all of a decent staircase, but when it comes to finishes, you can never go wrong with going old-fashioned finish look. While modern finishes are glossier and boast a thicker and finer finish, they don’t last as long and require a lot of maintenance. Old-fashioned finishes like beeswax, carnauba wax, linseed oil and even plain staining provides a far more superior finish that only gets better with time!

There are also modern options like laminate, which provides a decent enough low-maintenance finish. But if you’re torn between traditional finishes and modern ones, you can never go wrong with the time-tested methods.

If you’re looking to spiffy-up your home with a beautiful timber staircase, look no further than Planet Stairs – a small family owned and operated specialising in manufacturing and installing high-quality staircases.

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