The flight of stairs is the set of steps that connects the two floors or landings. The stairwell or stairway is also called the Flight of Stairs. Flight is called a continuous series of steps that runs between the landing and the floor. It should have no less than three risers and no more than 15 risers in it. This could make it dangerous, especially for the young or the old.
Stairs can be described as series of steps suitably placed to connect different floors in a building. You can also define it as an arrangement of treads and risers stringers, stringers newel posts and handrails, and balusters that are designed to provide quick and easy access to the different floors.
It must transmit certain loads. These loads should be comparable to the ones used for floors. You can make stairways from Timber, Bricks or Stone, and Reinforced Cement Concrete.
Different Types of Staircases
When we speak with them about stairs and railings, we try to educate our customers in stair design terminology. This list contains the most popular stair styles. Learn more about the types of stairways we offer and the terms we use during the design process.
Straight stairs are stairs that have no changes in direction. Straight stairs are a prevalent type of stair found in commercial and residential properties. Here are some examples of straight floating stairs with various stringer styles, railing types, and wood species.
L Shaped Stairs
An L-shaped stair is a variant of a straight stair that has a bend in one section of the stair. The landing at the transition point is often used to create this bend. It is usually 90 degrees. However, it doesn’t have to be. It is often called a long L stair, or a quarter-turn staircase if the landing is closer than the top or bottom.
U Shaped Stairs
The U-shaped stairs consist of two parallel straight flights of stairs connected by a landing, creating a 180-degree turn on the walk line.
Winder stairs are an alternative to L-shaped stairways. However, instead of a flat landing, they have corner transitions that can be either pie-shaped or triangular.
The spiral staircase follows a helical path. These stairs are usually very compact and have treads that radiate from a central pole.
Curved stairs are similar to spiral stairs. They follow a helical path. They have a larger radius and don’t always make a complete circle. Curved stairs are elegant and add beauty to any property or business. They are often located at the entrance, where they impact most.
Cantilever stairs have stair treads that appear to be floating in the air and without support. The stringer can be attached to the treads at one end and hidden or visible from the other. Cantilever stairs bring space and interest to any room.
Split Staircase (Bifurcated)
Split Stairs, also known as bifurcated steps, typically have a large set of stairs that starts at the bottom and ends at a landing halfway up the flight. Split stairs at the landing are two sets of narrower stairs that lead in opposite directions.
As with stairs, ladders can be used as access means. Building codes prohibit ladders from being used as the primary access point. Keuka Studios can design ladders that are custom-made for specific applications, such as docks, lofts, or libraries.
Benefits Of Flights Of Stairs
- There is no need for any special equipment.
- You can accumulate a stair-climbing experience throughout the day. This makes it a great way to get in the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day.
- The risk of death is significantly lower when you climb more than 55 flights per day.
- Stair climbing consumes between 8 and 11kcal per minute. This is a high-energy activity compared to other moderate-level physical activities.
- Active stair climbers are more active and have a greater aerobic capacity.
- A mere two flights of stairs per day can result in 6 lbs of weight loss over a year.
- Post-menopausal women who stair climb have higher bone density than those who don’t.
- Stairs can increase the levels of “good cholesterol.”
- Stair climbing improves leg power, which may make it a priority to reduce the chance of injury from falls in elderly people.
- Stair climbing can help with weight loss and maintenance
- Stair climbing is a great way to build and maintain strong bones, muscles, and joints.