Staircase renovation is an option you may wish to consider if your existing staircase is structurally sound but just looking tired or dated. The most cost effective and popular option for updating a staircase is just to replace the balustrade and handrail. Going further you may like to add new feature treads at the foot of the staircase or perhaps re-clad the staircase in timber for a completely new look without the cost of a new staircase.
For replacement balustrades you can choose between glass, timber, steel or plaster. Position, family requirements and budget are all important factors in making the right decision. It’s important to consider any landing or galleries when obtaining quotations not just the staircase run in isolation. Think also about what type of handrail you want and maybe newel posts.
Glass balustrades are possibly not the best option if you have a young family – unless you relish the chore of regular cleaning to remove tiny hand prints! Forged, iron or machined steel balustrades are timeless – in either contemporary or traditional forms – and can be as simple or as ornate as you desire.