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Steel Stairs Fabrication By Structural Beam, Chicago, Il
A prominent and important part of a home or commercial infrastructure, steel stairs are a great choice due to the safety and durability that they provide and the little maintenance that they require. All because of the great materials like structural steel and stainless steel, which also contribute to the aesthetic value of both industrial and high-tech touch they bring into the architectural ensemble of the building. At Structural Beam, Chicago, Il. metal stair fabricator and erector company, we strive to provide great value in both aesthetics and functionality.
Steel staircase, the game-changer in the construction industry
Yes, structural steel is an amazing construction material indeed, all due to its superior mechanical properties. Before the advent of structural steel, metal stairs were made of cast or wrought iron. They looked lovely indeed and were strong enough for the applications. The main limitations were the inferior mechanical properties of cast iron and the high costs of wrought iron. It all changed, when architects and engineers got access to structural steel.
Due to being both ductile and rigid, able to bear loads and still keep the shape, structural steel’s appearance on the construction scene opened the gates of creativity and the whole plethora of steel stairs, from fancy indoor spiral staircases to ruggedly handsome fire escape metal staircases came about to become an integral and valuable part of our commercial and residential buildings.
At Structural Beam, we know and love metal stairs, straight and curved, interior and exterior, double and single stringers. Let’s take a look, what kinds of metal stairs are out there, shall we?
Outdoor metal stairs applications
There’s a variety of exterior stairs applications, both straight and curved, to name a few:
- porch and patio stairs
- external metal fire-escape stairways
- apartment walkway stairs
- magnificent curved monumental apartment building entrance staircases
- roof access metal stairs
- service entrance steel stairs for commercial buildings
Indoor metal stairs
Interior metal staircases grace our homes on the inside. Architects love those beautiful steel staircases of modern design, often done in stainless steel due to the lasting aesthetic appeal it provides. In most cases, indoor metal staircases provide the connection between the floors of the commercial building or a house. The common types of indoor metal stairs are:
- custom-built straight metal staircase
- floating metal staircase
- spiral steel staircase
Depending on the form and the function of the metal staircase, appropriate steel products are selected for fabrication. A major advantage of doing metal stairs fabrication with us is that we are suppliers of structural steel and stainless steel products, and always have access to high-quality fabrication supplies. This enables us to do all our fabrications on time and without any compromises on the exact specs of the metal products.
Engineer, fabricator, and erector cooperation
The secret to successful metal stairs fabrication and erection is an early integration of fabricator and erector into the staircase designing process. The success of the integration of the metal stairs with the building requires a clear vision from both the fabricator and the erector.
Structural Beam provides both miscellaneous steel fabrication and erection services, along with structural steel engineering, so it’s an easy process if you decide to go with us because it’s all happening within one company.
Our fabricators and erectors will cooperate with the engineer and complete a successful steel staircase installation/erection as per the architect’s design and engineer’s diagrams.
At Structural Beam’s fully stocked fabrication workshop, our highly skilled and certified miscellaneous steel fabricators and welders use various tools and equipment to accomplish the following steps of metal stairs fabrication, depending on the application and the design. Indoor fabricating and painting are the key to the long service life of your metal staircase.
All residential and commercial metal staircases are designed according to the IBC (International Building Code) regulations. The codes are there to ensure the safety of the staircase users and are strictly followed by our structural steel fabrication specialists and erectors.
The metal staircase fabrication process
- Cutting, shaping, and welding/riveting structural steel products like beams or HSS for stringers and landings of exterior metal staircases
- Cutting and welding diamond metal floor plate for exterior metal staircase landings and steps
- Cutting, welding, and drilling stainless steel pipe products for interior stainless metal stairs
- Sturdy handrails are fabricated according to the design, and either welded or fastened to the staircase structure Handrails are an important element of the metal staircase, they provide support and safety for the user. Our certified welders carefully weld the railings according to the best practices of the steel fabrication industry and strictly follow the IBC approved design, reflected in the engineer’s drawings
- Steps are manufactured according to the engineer’s drawings. For exterior metal stairs, quite often perforated metal plates or diamond floor plates are used to provide that extra traction.
- A layer of primer paint is applied to the mild steel construction in the end, for maximum weld protection from the elements, before the powder coating to protect from rust is applied. Quality paint is very important for the long service life of exterior metal stairs.
Even though made of steel, miscellaneous metal has to be delivered carefully, using appropriate means of transportation and not in a haphazard manner, as is often the case with smaller private contractors.
This way, the structural and dimensional integrity of the steel elements is preserved. We carefully transport the metal staircase or its components to the erection site, so the erection can start on time and happen seamlessly.
Metal staircase erection
At Structural Beam, both fabricator and the erector are involved in the early stages of the metal staircase production process. Clear communication and tight cooperation with builders, who are to provide a necessary foundation, support, and openings for the metal staircase to be erected/installed, is another important aspect of our integrated approach to metal staircase construction.
This way, Structural Beam always achieves the best results with metal staircase projects, be it an exterior or an interior metal staircase, spiral stairs, or straight stairs, this approach always brings the desired result: structurally sound and aesthetically attractive metal stairs, that will serve long and well. Call us today at +1 773-917-8998, schedule an appointment and let’s get that steel stairs fabrication going!
How do you make steel stairs?
Steel stairs fabrication is best done in the fabrication workshop, buy qualified fabricators. The manufacturing involves cutting and shaping metal products like beams, HSS and stainless steel products, welding, and riveting. The last part is an on-site assembly and erection.
How much does a steel staircase cost?
Depending on the size, materials, and many other factors the cost of the steel staircase may vary a lot, we’ll need more info to give an answer. Call Structural Beam today at +1 773-917-8998 for a free consultation and price estimate!
What is the steel used for staircase?
Hot-rolled structural steel like ASTM A 36 products are often used for exterior steel staircase manufacturing, whilst stainless steel is often used for indoor steel staircase applications. At Structural Beam, we are adept at both, consider using our services for the best outcome of your steel staircase project!