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Outdoor stairs are a great addition for decorating your garden or your house but making that addition isn’t that easy. You must consider both its aesthetic and functional value. No matter what the design you choose, that doesn’t mean you can change the technical look of the stairs because they will become unsafe.
Well, of course, the design will also depend upon the purpose for why these stairs are built. There are several materials used for outdoor stairs. Particularly, the exposure to weather conditions and other circumstances, some are preferable than others in making the outdoor stairs.
Here are common materials available for outdoor stair railings with different advantages.
There few things that make concrete a good choice for outdoor staircases. Concrete is actually the most durable and popular material in building stairs. Other than that, it can withstand pretty much anything and will last longer and does not need constant maintenance. Installing tiles on the concrete stairs is another great idea. These will enhance the look because tiles come in different designs.
The good thing about stone stairs is that it can last for thousands of years. It will also give a classical touch to your exterior structure. Stones will actually look extremely great in gardens. With a combination of flowers, grasses and stones give a more like paradise look. There are three types of outdoor stairs made from natural stone: flagstone steps, solid stone steps, and border stone steps.
Installation of a metal outdoor stair is very quick and extremely easy. And this will help keep construction costs low. The most beneficial metal staircase are the ones made of aluminum or steel. These two types of metals are the finest quality metals and will give the most durability and versatility among the rest.
Metal stairs are known for its low maintenance and highly functional but metals are a bit expensive to buy and since some are iron or bronze made, they could change color over time.
Wood is considered as one of the most classic materials for building outdoor stairs. Wood stairs is a perfect inexpensive addition to the concrete patio. It will give your home a new, fresh, and stylish that will also improve the impression of our exterior. It’s easy to work and you can cut it in any size and shape to fit in any space. Woods are also prone to too many kinds of maintenance issues.
There are various types of wood such as maple, polar, cherry, and oak. Wood is also believed to be one of the safest materials compared to other available materials for stairs. These are safer than other types of stairs, especially if you have children or older people living in the house.
Even though wooden stairs may be less expensive, if you will install a wooden spiral staircase it would probably cost you more than installing a metal staircase.
When choosing your outdoor stairs you should also consider the following: stair design, matching color with your home’s exterior walls and trim. You need to explore your options for the outdoor stairs and get to know your home structure and pick the one which suits your home and your needs the most.