While most homes have the traditional straight staircases, some homeowners wish to have a spiral staircase. There are both arguments for and against this idea. One argument for having the spiral type is that it takes up less room in the house than a traditional staircase does. In houses with more than two floors, spiral staircases can be very beneficial because multiple staircases can be linked together for higher efficiency.
Having a staircase installed can be expensive, but purchasing installation kits for spiral staircases is significantly cheaper. For anyone who is struggling to stay within a budget while still making household improvements would do well to consider this option. Another reason to consider it is that unlike a traditional staircase, the spiral version can be bought already put together. Previously constructed staircases are convenient for anyone who has a hard time completing tasks such as this one. Purchasing a spiral version of a staircase that has already been put together means being able to choose stairs of various shapes and sizes and made with a wide ranging assortment of materials. Whether it is necessary to replace a staircase or a home owner wants to add a new one, spiral staircases can be very convenient.
Reasons not to have a spiral staircase include the fact that it is harder to climb them than to climb a typical staircase. If there are small children, elderly or disabled people living in a house, then this type of staircase is not usually recommended. As spiral staircases are generally very narrow, they are also not a good choice for any household with an overweight member. Anyone who gets dizzy easily would also likely struggle when attempting to use this type of staircase.
Often times when one wants to install this type of staircase in their home, they must first ensure that the addition of the staircase will meet building codes in an individual’s hometown. Many people fail to think of this and can end up having issues later on as a result.
Depending on the layout of a particular house, a spiral staircase might not even fit into the house. Sometimes determining whether one will fit or not becomes so much of a hassle that it turns into a concept no longer worth pursuing. An opening has to be carved out in order to have room to install a staircase of this type. If the opening is too small or too large, it ends up becoming useless and then the homeowner has a big problem that they may not know how to solve.
The installation process of a spiral staircase can be difficult at best. If something goes wrong during the process, homeowners can often find themselves out of a substantial amount of money. The decision as to what type of staircase is best for your house must always be made carefully. Many spacious homes can accommodate spiral staircases, but unfortunately older homes will not likely be able to. Homeowners must keep this in mind whenever they consider such a major renovation.