Gaining safe access to loft space through a loft conversion or through adding loft stairs is a real home improvement that home owners feel the benefit of. Not only can it add value to a home, loft stairs are also a much safer option compared to loft ladders and add extra valuable storage area (that’s also out of sight).
Complies with UK Building Regulations
When buying loft stairs it’s important to understand the requirements of UK building regulations. Many suppliers provide cheap and unsafe imports which aren’t compliant with these regulations. Buy only the finest quality loft stairs and they will last much longer and represent better value for money. Here at Spiral Stairs Direct we import the finest quality loft stairs from Italy, all of which pass UK building regulations.
Height adjustable treads
Buying loft stairs with height adjustable treads is the best approach. This will enable a perfect fit irrespective of the height of your loft project. Also it’s advisable to check when buying loft stairs that extra treads can be bought (if required) to boost the height.
Choice of shape
When installing loft stairs there are three main shape options, these are:
- Straight – a straight stair to your loft
- L shaped (one landing) – loft stairs which feature one landing area
- U shaped (two landings) – loft stairs which feature two landing areas
Loft stairs safety features
When buying loft stairs be careful that safety features are included with the product. As a minimum look for:
- Solid handrails (look for handrails on both sides if the stairs are not fixed to a wall)
- Riser bars to reduce tread gaps (riser bars are a mandatory requirement in Scotland) and
- Correct spacing gaps for spindles.
Durable and long-lasting
When buying loft stairs make sure the stairs are durable, hard-wearing and long-lasting. Strength is in the materials used, Spiral Stairs Direct us use hard-wearing Beech wood and metal parts which are powder-coated for long-term durability.
Contacting Spiral Stairs Direct
If you need any advice about fitting loft stairs give us a call at Spiral Stairs Direct on 0121 351 1533. We realise loft stairs are that little bit different and it’s essential to have a perfect fit. Give us a call and we can advise and also discuss UK building regulations requirements.