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Gamia Zink spiral staircase – the best choice Exterior spiral for the UK!

Gamia Zink spiral staircase – the best choice Exterior spiral for the UK!

Here are 5 reasons why the Gamia Zink Exterior spiral staircase is the best choice kit for the UK.

  1. The Gamia Zink is hot dip galvanized which means it is rust-proof

    Its not like we ever get any rain in the UK, but still its great to know that if it ever did rain, the staircase would not go rusty! Unlike paint finishes the zink coating on the Gamia is maintenance free, you just leave it to gently weather to a grey patinated finish.

  2. You can make all the treads the same height

    Now it might seem a bit odd to say this as you would imagine this would be the case on all spiral staircases, but actually most kit stairs can’t achieve the same height treads all the way up the staircase. Models such as the Civik Zink will only work if you use two different tread riser heights in the same flight, for example, due to the limitations of their tread adjustment. There will also be occasions with the Civik where you can only reach your chosen height by making the treads really high, much higher than building regs allows. No such problems with the Gamia Zink, its got continuously variable adjustment on each tread allowing height to be set to fractions of a millimetre!

  3. It comes in 3 widths, including 1400mm diameter building regs approved

    Which is the smallest in the UK! So you can save space AND meet the regs in one compact package. There are no other small exterior spiral staircase kits that can achieve building regs. If any of our competitors say their spiral stairs can do it, get it in writing!

  4. Its recently received an upgraded handrailĀ 

    To which you are entitled to think “Big Deal” – but the new smooth, modern version of the handrail is proving to be very popular. To be honest the old handrail was never very popular, as it was a hangover from the eighties. Like big shoulder pads and the Nissan Cherry, its had its day. Time for a change. Arrivederci, adios, farewell, bogoff, the ugly handrail is now gone! And of course the new handrail is one-piece pvc, which is really easy to fit. NO kinks or joins in it, and really modern looking, it will really set off your spiral staircase a treat!

  5. It is fantastic value for money!

    I would venture to say that with everything the Gamia Zink spiral staircase kit offers, you won’t find a better spiral for the money. You can save money by building it yourself, its easy to assemble, its rust proof, it meets the building regulations, it arrives in 2 weeks from order, its compact in size, its adjustable for height to get a perfect fit, etc etc. Whats not to like?

For a great deal on the Gamia Zink Spiral Staircase Kit, check out our website or give us a call on 0121 351 1533

NEW 2018 version of Gamia Wood Spiral Staircase kit

NEW Gamia Wood with revised handrail

NEW Gamia Wood with revised handrail

A new version of the Gamia Wood spiral staircase kit is now available. The new version features a colour coded handrail and fixings, so if you order a grey staircase the fixings and handrail will now be supplied in grey instead of the old black colour. The handrail is now a smooth pvc moulding, which looks more modern and attractive than the Moplen handrail it replaces. The black version of the staircase will still have black fixings and handrail, but the handrail will be the new smooth profile.

The upgrades are expected to begin shipping after August 2018

Popular Upgrade to an iconic spiral staircase

This upgrade is expected to make the Gamia Wood even more popular, especially as it meets the requirements of building regulations in the UK. Very few competitors have a 1400mm diameter spiral staircase which meets these regulations, so we expect the Gamia Wood to maintain and increase its popularity during 2018.

The 1400mm diameter and 1600mm diameter versions meet the requirements of British Standards for secondary use, under BS5395-2 as required in building regulations.

Quality Components

The Italian manufacturer has maintained the high quality components, such as solid beech treads, which you don’t get on other spiral staircases in this price range. The new one-piece handrail is easy to fit, even for a novice, as it is flexible yet extremely solid when installed.

Safe and Secure

As with the previous model, the balustrade system is designed for the UK market, with the correct UK spacings for spindles and the correct height too, so you can be assured your balustrade system will be safe and secure. If you have young children, there are also Child-safety riser bars available to close off the open treads, and to prevent the passage of a 100mm sphere as required in building regulations.

For a great deal on the upgraded Gamia Wood Spiral staircase for 2018, check out our website or give us a call on 0121 351 1533

How does a Space Saver Staircase kit work?

How does a Space Saver Staircase kit work?

In this article we look at choosing a space saver staircase kit, and how they can fit into such small spaces. The secret is in the paddle-shaped treads, combined with a narrow flight that you can squeeze into the tightest of spaces.

Design

Drawing of a space saver staircase with dimensions

Typical dimensions for a Space Saver Staircase, in this case the Gamia Mini.

Space saver stairs were originally designed to allow access to loft conversions. In a lot of properties in the UK space is at a premium, and fitting a full sized staircase to a loft room could mean losing the use of an entire bedroom. That’s not a very desirable outcome when you want to add a room! Space saving stairs were incorporated into building regulations to allow safe, fixed access to a loft but with a very small impact on the space it uses. So how is this achieved? The secret is the Paddle Shaped Treads!

See the diagram above – this full height staircase has total goings of only 1.5 metres, and a width of only 600mm. It is far smaller than a conventional staircase, which would need space of 2420mm L x 800mm W for the same number of treads.

The Paddle shaped Tread

Alternating paddle treads on a Space saver staircase

Alternating Paddle treads

Paddle shaped treads form an alternating tread staircase as shown in the imageĀ left. Some people refer to these as “Hit and Miss” treads. As you can see, the treads alternate as they go up the staircase. The advantage is that you get a full size tread depth (known as the “tread going”) on alternate treads, so you simply step on alternate treads as you ascend or descend the staircase. This design means the staircase can fit into a greatly reduced footprint, ideal for locations where space is limited. Most people assume this makes a space saver staircase steep and difficult to climb, but in fact this unusual tread design makes the staircase just as easy to climb and descend as a full sized staircase. You can see how this works on a typical space saver model, the Gamia Mini Plus

 

Building Regulations

Space saving stairs with paddle shaped treads should conform to K1 Building regulations, which has a special section for space saver stairs. Briefly to summarise you need to comply with the following:

  1. The staircase must be built in one or more straight flights, (so if you need a change of direction in the flight you should use a landing to do so, available with some modular systems such as the Gamia Mini Plus).
  2. Only for access to one habitable room [in the loft]
  3. Steps should be uniform with parallel nosings (so no fancy curved treads, or staircases which feature curved flights combined with paddle-shaped treads)
  4. Balustrade should comply with general building regs, ie have no gaps greater that 100mm
  5. Minimum tread going should be 220mm, maximum rise should be 220mm
  6. The above is a short description, for a full description of the requirements please refer to K1 building regulations.

For more information about Building Regs compliant space saver stairs, please check out the Gamia Mini Plus on our website!

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NEW Aria Metal Spiral Staircase kit, in White, Grey or Black

NEW Product – Aria Metal Spiral Staircase.

Introducing the NEW Aria Metal spiral staircase kit, in White, Light Grey or Black powder coated finishes. Our latest high-quality product for indoor use, the Aria Metal features colour co-ordinated handrail and spindle fixings for a luxury look, at a very affordable price.

Aria Metal spiral staircase kit in black finish

Aria Metal Spiral Staircase Kit

Heavy Metal!

Metal handrail supports on the Aria Metal balusters

The Aria Metal balusters feature metal handrail supports, instead of inferior plastic ones, for added strength and durability

The all-metal construction of the main components results in a strong and stable spiral staircase, great for heavy duty use around the home. Each vertical metal baluster is topped with a metal handrail support bracket, which is unique at this price. (Most of our competitors use cheap plastic components to fix the handrail, ours is stronger! And much better looking, in our opinion)

One colour

The Aria Metal has another unique feature among spiral staircase kits, which makes this staircase one of the best looking around. For years customers have been asking us to make a spiral staircase with colours that match throughout, and we listened! Competitors usually stick to black handrails, black tread spacers, black plastic fixings etc irrespective of the colour of the staircase. Now if you want an all-white staircase, or all-grey you can have it, as the Aria Metal automatically comes with matching fixtures and fittings.

Accessorize with our Balustrade System

Aria Metal Balustrade kit shown in all white finish

Aria Metal Balustrade kit

Of course, no spiral staircase kit is complete without the options of landing balustrade to protect the stairwell opening. Whether you are building a square opening, round opening, mezzanine or minstrels gallery, you will find all the components necessary to complete your project on our website. We supply a complete range of balustrade kits and accessories for the Aria Metal, including a FREE design service both for the staircase and the balustrade system.

Buy the Aria Metal spiral staircase online

For more information about our terrific new Aria products and lots of other choices please visit our Spiral Stairs Direct online store!

 

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