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Whether your deck design requires a step-or-two or a long staircase with a landing, building your stairs requires forethought, planning and oftentimes tricky construction calculations to get-it-right.

Deck Stair Designs by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Deck Stair Designs by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

In short, deck stairs must be built precisely to meet local building codes for safety. And they need to look great too!

  • Your stairs shouldn’t be too tall or shallow and there’s no room for error.
  • With plenty of style options, building deck stairs can be complex so consider talking with a contractor.
Deck Steps with Guard Rail and Hand Rail, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Deck Steps with Guard Rail and Hand Rail, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Let’s begin by defining the three primary deck stair components:

  • Risers — what you walk on
  • Treads — the enclosed space between the steps
  • Stringers — the sloped boards that provide support under the stairs

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Trex Spiral Deck Stairs, photo by Trex

Trex Spiral Deck Stairs, photo by Trex

Home Channel News recently announced that Trex, a leading manufacturer in the decking industry, has officially introduced and is now offering a spiral deck stair collection in the Trex product-line.

Outdoor spiral deck stairs are a fantastic alternative to traditional deck stair design because spiral stairs are not only an attractive design element, but they are a functional space-saving feature for tight-spots.

“Offering sleek, yet sturdy, construction, Trex Spiral Stairs represent a perfect blend of form and function,” said Ron Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex. “This easy-to-install system provides homeowners with an attractive solution to their staircase needs, while offering a host of customizable features for one-of-a-kind outdoor spaces.”

According to Trex, the collection includes galvanized steel and aluminum stairs produced with a powder coating for several color options.  The stairs are also engineered for easy installation and a compatible ‘fit’ for existing Trex decking and railing products. Read the rest of this entry »

Step and stair design for a deck, porch or screen room is an important decision. Outdoor steps and stairs can provide a vivid contrast to a space or match and blend-in with a deck or porch.  But no matter the design choice, steps and stairs should improve traffic flow, providing functionality and convenience.

Take a look at the slideshow below filled with plenty of ideas from Archadeck projects. Read the rest of this entry »

Deck Stair Designs by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Deck Stairs by Archadeck in St. Louis — Direction Change, Landings, and Lighting

Stair design for your deck is crucial for traffic flow functionality, aesthetics, use of space and easy home and backyard access.

Thus, the deck plan chosen will influence stair design and construction.

And well designed stairs add your personal style to an outdoor living space, often becoming an impressive project focal point.

Your deck design deserves deck stairs… with stares!

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