In this age of economic downturn, it is more important than ever to save every dime possible on your building projects. One of the most expensive areas of construction is found in stair building. There are several reasons for this.
First, stairs are often considered the exclusive domain of the “stair specialist”. Many people consider such a project to be well out of their range of expertise, and they reluctantly call in the “specialist”. Needless to say they are usually horrified at the high price, and often feel that they have no alternative but to either accept the bid or put the project on hold.
Secondly, stairs are usually more difficult than most construction projects because there are some very specific guidelines which are required by code, and if you get the initial planning wrong, you could be faced with tearing out and building the stairs again.
The standard or traditional methods of stair building have usually consisted of the marking out and freehand cutting of multiple stair stringers. Next, the stringers are attached and aligned and then the risers and treads are attached. This is a very cumbersome process which takes a great degree of skill and often, even the “specialist” gets it wrong.
The good news is, you can use an engineered stair building system, otherwise known as adjustable brackets. The benefits are that they’re much easier to install and only a very minimal skill level is necessary- compared to traditional framing. This system consists of adjustable stair brackets, that automatically adjust to the exact rise and run you require. The brackets are approved as joist hangers which allow the stair risers to be used structurally, carrying the load across the stair like floor joists. This kind of system is very strong and it has been tested for stairs up to nine feet wide, using only the two outside stringers. This completely eliminates the need for any interior stringers. The outside stringers then require only 3 to 4 cuts each, and the risers and treads are simply attached to the brackets. If you make a mistake, simply readjust the brackets.