Deck Stairs

Deck stairs are a key component to any decking system. The stairs improve the overall functionality and ease of access that your custom deck space can offer. There are many different custom stair designs, material & styles to choose from. Wood stairs can often be the least costly. Vinyl and aluminum stair can be more durable. Aluminum stairs can often require the least amount of maintenance.

Selecting the proper style of deck stair material is key to a satisfying and functional fished product. Consult Mountain View Sun Decks for information on the different stair materials, and the cost and benefits of each system. We have the expertise to help you decide on a material and our team ensures the deck stairs are installed perfectly and the design matches your deck and its needs.

Aluminum Deck Stairs

Aluminum stairs offer benefits in regards to durability, customization, rust resistance and minimal maintenance. Aluminum is a lightweight metal and is a popular material for deck stairs. Unlike steel and wrought iron that can rust over time, your aluminum stairs are designed with corrosion resistant coatings and materials. Aluminum stairs can last for upwards of 20 years and often only require an annual wipe down and polish to remove bugs, dust, debris and moisture stains. Paint on aluminum stairs is often baked at over 400 degrees Celsius, preventing it from chipping or fading in the sun. Various aluminum coverings, finishes, and designs can ensure your stairs offer the best in aesthetics and safety. Aluminum stairs are also less costly than other metal stair options.

Wood Deck Stairs

Wood deck stairs can often be the least costly and can become more durable with the right decking material, as well as with painting and staining. The common types of wood deck stairs are cedar, pressure treated and wood composite. Cedar deck stairs look very natural without staining and have natural oils that prevent moisture absorption. Pressure treated decks and deck stairs can be the least costly and with a proper stain can last for years. Many pressure treated wood materials also offer great product warranties. Composite deck stairs are made of a blend of recycled plastic and small wood chips. Composite stairs can often be stained after 6 months and can require the lowest level of maintenance.

Vinyl Deck Stairs

Vinyl wraps can be used for both aluminum and wood stairs. Pressure treated wood is the most commonly wrapped wood material. Vinyl materials add a layer of weatherproofing and grip, as well as increase the overall aesthetics of your deck stairs. Vinyl materials can provide a wood-like appearance on top of aluminum stairs, which allows homeowners to receive the durability of aluminum and the natural feel of a wood stair. Vinyl also reduces the chance of stair heat absorption and of splintering on pressure treated stairs. Vinyl wraps can also be applied in both stringer and solid stair designs.

Spindle Stairs

Stair spindles or balusters are the rising pieces that attach your stairs to your railing system. Spindles can help create a complete, and safe deck staircase. Spindles offer immense levels of customization through different heights, spacing options, colours and materials. Spindles can be knobbed, twisted, basket, or incorporate other decorative designs to create a more upscale and attractive look. Spindles do not have to be the same materials as your deck stairs.

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Deck Stair Installation

Installing deck stairs, often needs to be done perfectly to ensure they look beautiful and function as safely as possible. A decking contractor can ensure the stairs are straight, and allow for change in the earth. Closed systems and stringers will have slightly different installation needs. These are the general steps associated with a new deck stair installation.

  • Measure and Plot – Before any constructive processes begin, fully plan and measure out the rise and run of your staircase. Consider the space and materials needed, as well as any permitting your project can require.
  • Pour Footers – Concrete footers are poured into the ground at the end of your staircase can be ideal for securing your support beams.
  • Install Supports – Supports for wood stairs and closed stair systems are commonly called stringers and are made by two large pieces installed to run vertically along either horizontal end of the stairs. For stringer stairs, a single support beam underneath the system can be used. Support beams are attached to the deck and to the poured footers.
  • Treads & Risers – The actual stairs (treads) can now be installed to the support beams. For closed system stairs, rise pieces will be required between each tread. With stringer stairs, no riser pieces are required.

To ensure that your stairs are perfectly installed and that you do not ignore any bylaws or permits, utilize professional services offered by a professional decking contractor. At Mountain View Sun Decks, we have years of experience installing nearly every deck stair style and material.

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For expertly crafted custom decks, railings, and stairs in Calgary, trust Mountain View Sun Decks to elevate your outdoor space.

Contact us today to discuss your project and let our team turn your vision into a stunning reality.

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