There’s a certain impression that properly built steps add to any home. It’s that touch of detail that can complete a look, or just add that special touch of individuality to a home. There are many different kinds of steps you can add, and they can vary in size and style.
The number of steps you can install will depend on the height you’ll need to cover. If you’re thinking of installing steps onto your home, the best way to do it is to follow how the professionals do it. This will guarantee that the steps you install or build will be effective and safe. If you need affordable construction equipment, or access towers in Kingston Upon Hull, contact us here.
Here is the process for how to install home steps:
Measure And Calculate
You don’t want your steps to be either too flat or too steep. The optimal slope is considered to be at 32 degrees. Make sure that this is feasible with your home before proceeding. Any angle close to this should work well enough. Perform the calculations in order to get to this angle.
To get the slope right, you’ll need to take the overall desired height of the steps and divide that by the desired horizontal distance. Play with this until you get something that will work for your design.
Build The Foundation
After you’ve done your calculations correctly, the next step is to build the foundation. Dig at least a couple of inches below where your steps will be, and create a flat and even base. You can use different materials for the foundation, but pavers and bricks are some of your best options.
Make sure you check the local codes in your area when it comes to ground freezing during the winter season, so you know just how far deep you’ll need to dig for your foundation.
Create The Stringers
You should’ve decided and measured how many steps you’ll have to place at this point, so the next step is to actually create the stringers. The stringers are the pieces of wood that act as a support for your steps. For example, if you’re creating three steps, which includes the threshold as a top step, you’ll need 3 stringers for two steps.
You’ll have to divide the total height of your steps by the three steps, to get how high each of the steps should be. Most professionals use a table saw to create this, but if you have a high-quality portable saw, you should be fine.
Build The Box Structure And Attach
The next step is to box up the stringers with riser boards, attaching these two together with stainless steel screws. You should have the skeletal semblance of steps, without the top parts.
You’ll want to leave this open so you can attach the steps onto your home base. You can use angle brackets and stainless steel screws for a sturdy set of steps. Fastening will not require any adhesives.
Attach The Decking
The last step is to attach the decking onto the box structure, after it has been attached onto your home base. You can use the same stainless steel screws for sturdiness. Once this step is finished, you should have a completed set of professional steps on your home.
After you’re done with your steps, you want to ensure that it is safe to walk on, and that it can handle the weight. You’ll also need to protect it from regular wear and tear, by painting it with a protective coating. This should help increase the life of your home steps, allowing you to enjoy it longer.