Stairs are considered to be one of the most complex interior design elements in a house. Its originality and convenience depends on a judicious combination of technical solutions and aesthetic preferences.
Staircase are one of the oldest human inventions. The first written evidence of the construction technology of stairs belongs to the era of the pyramids of ancient Egypt, which, in essence, are giant stone staircases. Staircase in the interior can be constructed from stone, wood, brick or metal. Metal is, incidentally, the material that people started to use the last for construction of stairs. Metal alloy constructions of steel were used throughout Europe starting from the XVI century, with improvement of casting technology.
In addition to traditional materials, such as wood, stone and metal, more modern materials such as glass, plastic, liquid stone are used to build staircases in the interior. Glass staircases included in the interior design of a home look impressive, minimalist and somewhat shocking. Typically they are made of laminated glass, formed in the multi-layer bonding technology.
Not so long ago liquid stone has appeared as a material for building ladders. Despite its numerous advantages, the construction of stairs from entirely of this material may sometimes become a lengthy, time-consuming and expensive process. Stairs are also made of plastic (by injection of resins reinforced with fiberglass). Steps from plastic are the lightest and thus have a high degree of wear resistance. Their shelf life is up to fifty years.
For classical home interiors stairs from travertine, marble, granite and onyx are the most preferred. A stone staircase from these materials always looks luxurious and adds additional emphasis to the interior of a home.
If you’re thinking of staircases in your house you can have a look on the numerous photographs available on interior blogs and journals. But we would suggest you make a final decision after you consult a professional in the area. There is a set of parameters that affect the quality of the final work – from the material chosen to the design features of the stairs.