Material for Spiral Stair Railing

Old 10-03-10, 11:24 AM
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Material for Spiral Stair Railing

Hi Everyone,

I have a spiral staircase that rotates about 270 degrees over an 8' height. I'm renovating the area and I want to replace the ugly plastic railing. Right now it's a plastic pipe with about a 1" diameter. The curve on the railing is relatively gradual. I would guess the railing is about 12-15' long over the 270 degrees.

Does anyone have advise or an idea of what I could replace this with? I would prefer something industrial/metal or maybe painted/stained wood. One thing I think would work pretty well is flexible copper tubing but I would prefer a stainless steel or black color over copper. And I'm not sure if I can find it in 1" diameter anyway.

Is there a round wood that would be easy to curve that much? Or maybe a stainable composite?

Thanks for anything you can think of!
Old 10-03-10, 01:53 PM
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I've never built or installed a spiral staircase but I have painted a few. Generally if the handrail is wood - it's thin pieces of wood - bent, glued and laminated together. I don't know for sure how they did the metal handrails.

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