Glass stairs: everything you need to know about installation and operation

Glass staircase in the interior of a private house

Glass staircase in the interior of a private house

An important element of multi-storey and multi-level buildings is the staircase, which provides the ability to move from one room to another. Moreover, it should be not only functional, but also aesthetic. Ladders are distinguished by shape and material. But the main indicators that they should possess are still safety. Today, translucent glass models are gaining more and more popularity. Their main feature, of course, is aesthetics. Such a staircase can easily fit into absolutely any interior, regardless of style..

White in modern design

White in modern design

Forms

Of course, before proceeding with the installation, it is worth deciding on the design. The appearance primarily depends on the shape. There are 4 main types, which we will consider in more detail..

  1. Marching – the most simple and convenient for a person, consist of several marches, are even or turning. Their size and structure depends on the characteristics of the interfloor connection.. Steps made of blue glass and LED lighting

    Steps made of blue glass and LED lighting

    Modern kitchen-dining room interior

    Modern kitchen-dining room interior

  2. On the bolts, it creates a unique effect both in terms of design and functionality. With the right structure, such a staircase is stable enough to withstand regular mass movement between floors. In this case, the process turns into something unusual, as a kind of feeling of floating in the air appears. The advantages include compactness. But at the same time, there is also a drawback, which is best paid attention to by families with children. It is safe for an adult who bravely coordinates his movements. But as for children, you should not choose this option to move them between floors..
  3. Console – can be imagined as the most original, but at the same time they are not very functional. One side of their steps rests against the wall, and the other hangs in the air. This effect will definitely be appreciated by aesthetes. But they are only suitable for bachelor apartments or small studios. In offices and housing, where there is a constant movement between the heights of the house, they will not last long. And the absence of fences reduces the level of reliability of such a ladder.. fourteen
  4. Screw has its own disadvantages and advantages. It is versatile in terms of choosing a room for placement. In a small space, this staircase will be the best solution. She has all the necessary safety equipment. But it should be noted that such a structure has several disadvantages associated with slowing down movement from one height of the house to another. At the same time, the possibility of moving bulky items is reduced to a minimum..

The elements

Any staircase consists of two main parts:

  • Steps. This is the main functional part of the structure. Special requirements apply to them. Over the entire area, their thickness should be the same, and the surface should be without drops..

Glass steps look very stylish

Glass steps look very stylish

  • Not all types of fencing are available. It ensures safe movement. The height is set by ergonomic standards, which are 90 cm.

Beautiful combination of wood and glass on a pastel background

Beautiful combination of wood and glass on a pastel background

Glass railings - safety and beauty rolled into one

Glass railings – safety and beauty

Important! The handrail must be used for installation in residential buildings where the movement of children or elderly people is provided for, whose coordination of movements may be impaired, therefore, they need an additional handrail to move..

All these parts or only one of them are made of glass. From the point above, it has already been determined that, depending on the shape, it can be frame and frameless. But in the second case, special fittings are required..

Metal frame is the most common option

Metal frame is the most common option

The most important factor in the creation of any project is security. First of all, it depends on the quality of the material and the assembly itself..

Choice of materials

When creating an interlevel connection from glass, a frame or other fittings can be used. They are the basis for safe use..

On a note! More durable in use are metal or wood. But they are most often used for the device of marching models. If you want to create the effect of complete transparency, you can use special glass holders, which, after installation, become almost invisible..

The use of glass and metal in interior decoration will help to emphasize the modern style.

The use of glass and metal in interior decoration will help to emphasize the modern style.

Stairs should not only be beautiful, but also safe

Ladders should be not only beautiful, but also safe

But for the installation, it is not enough to purchase only the means from which the manufacture will be carried out. Due to the complexity of the design, you should not undertake the installation yourself, since safety depends on it – yours and those around you. It is best to contact a specialist for this purpose, since certain skills and special professional equipment are required for work..

Interesting! Until recently, the manufacture of structures from triplex seemed impossible. The question was that this option was too fragile and dangerous. Even the thickest specimens could not withstand heavy loads. Nevertheless, the designers persistently worked on this version. As a result, engineers have found an excellent solution and developed transparent plates that are resistant to stress..

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A type of glass called triplex is used for the arrangement. In composition, it is similar to ordinary glass, but differs in its structure, which makes the triplex more stable and reinforced. It is used for both steps and fences. But in this case, the material is distinguished by its thickness..

On a note! For fencing, you can take thinner sheets, the steps are made from thicker samples, which consist of several layers connected with polymer glue. As a result, the thickness of the plates is 40 mm..

The glass staircase does not clutter up the room and creates the effect of lightness

The glass staircase does not clutter up the room and creates the effect of lightness

Spectacular stainless steel frame

Spectacular stainless steel frame

When buying tools for assembly, be sure to pay attention to what elements it is intended for. For support, it can be more transparent and have a different structure. The steps are coated with a special coating that prevents slipping, which provides an additional level of protection.

Installation features

When assembling, it is important to strictly adhere to the instructions. In order to ensure reliability, it is best to contact specialists, especially if the project does not provide for the presence of a frame.

Advice! If only individual elements are transparent, you can try to assemble it yourself, using for the frame the means familiar to work, such as iron or wood. But still, for work, you will have to purchase special equipment, in particular, for dividing the sheet into plates. Or you can buy already cut blanks of steps or railings. Pay close attention to fasteners!

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Exploitation

Glass staircases fit perfectly into any interior. True, experts do not recommend combining them with wooden wall cladding, since they have different thermal characteristics. Due to their functionality and strength, triplex structures can be installed in buildings with different levels of flow of people who will move between planes.

The interior of a private house in the style of modern classics

The interior of a private house in the style of modern classics

Comfortable loft-style kitchen

Comfortable loft-style kitchen

On a note! High levels of environmental friendliness make it possible to use them in shopping and entertainment centers, office buildings and residential buildings.

Design suggestions

Glass structures themselves look pretty unusual. But you can also decorate them further, creating a more impressive design, for example, choosing sheets of different colors. It is also possible to apply a stained glass pattern. Having the financial opportunity, you can contact the manufacturer and put any image, pattern or other decor between layers..

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Advice! The most commonly used and simplest option for decorating and creating a unique effect is to install a backlight. Built-in spotlights, especially when using plates of different colors, create a unique effect.

Output

Thanks to the appearance on the market of such material as triplex, design projects that until recently seemed fantastic have become real and fully functional. With its help, it is possible to assemble unusual models of connections between floors, which not only allow connecting two floors of a building, but also complement the design idea. Depending on the type of material, it is used for the manufacture of steps, railings or both parts at the same time..

The only drawback of such structures is their high cost. As for the strength and stability, they have no particular complaints..