Spiral Staircases: Kits, Custom Designs and Installation
Spiral staircases can add charming appeal to any area of your home, both inside and outside. Spiral staircase kits are available from a large number of manufacturers. You can also choose a customized design. In this case, you take measurements and send them to the manufacturer. Then when the prefabricated spiral staircases arrive, they require little effort on your part to install.
You won't find many differences between custom prefab and standard spiral staircase kits. The former option requires less effort on your part. The risers will usually be premeasured, and many of the other components can be attached without you even needing to drill holes.
Kits are available in a range of prices. Those on the higher end of the price scale are usually quite similar to custom spiral staircases. Those on the lower end sometimes have plastic or vinyl components. Sometimes, cheaper options do not allow for much customization to match your existing home décor. The spiral staircase kits in the mid-to-upper price range come with some custom elements, such as paint and riser details. Many offer more durable construction, such as solid steel.
Custom designs are completely assembled before being shipped to you. Preassembly makes your job much easier. With just one person to help you, you can install a custom spiral staircase in as little as 2 hours. Custom staircases are usually top of the line in regards to quality; however, they are considerably more expensive than standard kits.
You can usually obtain kits for a smaller financial investment than prefabricated spiral staircases. Kits usually require the use of a power drill and saw. They take considerably longer to install, but if you are working on a tighter budget, a kit may provide the perfect option for you.
Much of the installation process is the same between the two options. Remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when you install your own spiral staircase. Those instructions should trump anything you read here. Read below for an overview of how the process usually works.
You must assemble the base of the staircase first. If your staircase does not come with premeasured risers, you will have to set that height yourself. Install the first balusters and the first tread. As you go, you will repeat this step over and over; add balusters, add tread.
Once you have installed all of the rails and balusters, fit the handrail in place. Secure it with the provided hardware and check to make sure all of the stairs are level. Attach the top platform to the second story of the house and the staircase. Bolt the staircase to the first and second floors to ensure its security.