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Installing Basement Stairs | Stair Contractors

Building Easy to Install Basement Stairs

Basement stairs come in different shapes and sizes. They can range from simple utility stairs to fancy decorative staircases. A major issue facing the stair builder for stair contractors is the unpredictable stair height that often happens when building basement stairs. Whether its new or already a part of the existing construction, the basement slab height always fluctuates. That’s why most basement stairs are built to customized heights.

The typical procedure when building basement stairs involves reaching out to a stair builder to custom build the staircase using 2x12 cut stringers as framing for the construction of the remodeled staircase. This can be difficult and costly, requiring a high degree of professional skill. However, there is a less difficult solution available that can also save you time, as well as money. The system consists of self adjusting stair brackets, used to form a sort of stairs known as ‘engineered’ stairs. Adjustable stair brackets generally are a custom tailored approach to stair building that are faster, easier and stronger than conventional construction. They’re a low cost solution for the unpredictable slab height problem.

This type of system can quickly form a basic utility stair on fully finished hardwood stairs. The adjustable brackets take care of a lot of frustrating problems, the brackets are approved as adjustable joist hangers which allow the risers to be structurally attached to the stringers. This allows it to carry the load across the stair like stepping floor joists. This also enhances the strength of the stair and permits the stair to be built using only two stringers. The stringers provide the contractor with full depth unlike cut stringers and are built to carry great loads that conventional cut stringers fail to do. Only three to four of these end cuts are required per stringer which essentially eliminates seventy saw cuts when compared to conventional cut stringers for basement stairs.

Before you jump into this project, you should decide what type of material you’re going to use and the exact number of steps you need, as well as the stair width.