Concrete: the perfect material for basement stairs.
Fortunately, the dark and steep basement stairs that were often feared as a child are no longer a feature in new buildings. Rather, the basement stairs, like the stairs to the upper floors, are increasingly being planned and implemented as high-quality components with a normal gradient, modern step covering and sufficient lighting. Here we give you an overview on this important element in basement construction and outline the advantages of concrete stairs.
Many materials and shapes are possible
As with almost all elements when building a house, forward-looking planning is essential, because the location and shape of the stairs in the new building has a major impact on future space usage. It makes sense to think about the use of the basement right from the start. If a granny flat or a room for garden tools is planned, an external basement staircase usually makes sense.
If the basement will serve as living space, a wider basement staircase with high-quality covering is certainly a good idea.
It is possible to construct basement stairs using various designs and materials. For example, wood, steel or concrete. Geometrical shape can also vary, such as straight, quarter and half-turn, or even a transitional landing. At Glatthaar we recommend constructing your basement stairs from concrete, because this material offers many advantages and there are no limitations on the subsequent interior design with respect to covering, railings and lighting.
Advantages of Glatthaar concrete stairs
Due to the precise prefabrication of our concrete stairs in our precasting plant, they are characterised by a high degree of dimensional accuracy. In addition, the ready to install precast stairs enable quick on-site assembly. The complicated and time-consuming process of the stair formwork and installing the reinforcing bars is no longer a requirement. Traditional on-site manufacture is prone to movement during the construction and settling process. The carpenter or tiler fitting the stair covering, would incur additional effort for levelling work, which is not the case when prefabricated stairs are used.
Thanks to their solid and closed construction, concrete stairs are the perfect solution to provide sound insulation between basement rooms and the rest of the house. Improved sound insulation is possible if it is planned in advance as part of the prefabricated construction. Wooden or steel staircases tend to carry more sound. Concrete stairs are therefore recommended for noise protection. Precast concrete stairs are advised for external access for example a separate basement entrance. They are an ideal surface to apply a weather-resistant covering.
Production and installation of concrete stairs
The manufacture of the concrete stairs for our prefabricated cellars is similar to our basement walls, using special steel formwork in our prefabrication plant. There the slope ratio and the number of steps is individually prepared for your basement. Setting of the concrete also takes place in the precast plant regardless of the weather. Thanks to the preparatory production, installation on site is completed in a short time. The unloading and lifting takes place using a crane via the stair hole in the basement created during the basement assembly. Stair installation only happens at the very end of the basement creation, after the ceiling elements is completed.
Can be combined with all prefabricated cellar variants.
Due to its flexible use, the concrete cellar staircase from Glatthaar can be combined with all prefabricated cellar variants. It enables you to design your own basement easily and can be installed in no time thanks to the pre-fabrication production in our factory. Concrete stairs are an excellent solution in modern basement construction. With a concrete cellar staircase from Glatthaar you get a long-lasting and secure connection between the living and cellar areas which is precision engineered and quickly installed.
If you have any questions or need help concerning your basement? Then contact us, as we would like to help you.