oldcoop

Solutions for stairs with open risers

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Hello!

 

Our staircase is nearly in... I was so focus on head height and tread depth etc that I missed the building regs bit on max 100mm gap, which is an issue as we have open risers, which of course are about twice that.

 

the stairs are powder coated metal frame with oak treads and side-fixed glass balustrades (toughened and laminated). So quite minimalist.

 

I have seen a couple of possible solutions - sort of half risers attached to the underside of the tread, or a metal bar across the middle. 

 

Has anyone seen seen any other creative fixes?  I’m keen to keep as much light as possible coming through as the stairs are right by a window.

 

Thanks!

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Did the stair manufacturer not point out they would fail building control without something to limit the gap?

 

Half riser, or a bar across the middle are about the only solutions.

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Maybe see if BC pick it up.  They really should but I often see stuff which doesn't comply.  Not sure if they were modified after BC final.

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Do you WANT them left open?  If so stick some half risers on with silicone then remove them after sign off :ph34r:

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On 24/04/2018 at 10:02, Siochair said:

What about using something like clear acrylic to bridge the gap?

I wondered about this too.

not sure if there are rules on this - like would it have to be toughened glass or something instead of acrylic - does anyone know?

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On 24/04/2018 at 08:37, Tennentslager said:

Send us a picture @oldcoop ???

That would help wouldn’t it! Need to delete some stuff of my phone so I can take pictures... tonights’s job sorted!

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On 24/04/2018 at 09:19, ProDave said:

Do you WANT them left open?  If so stick some half risers on with silicone then remove them after sign off :ph34r:

Good call. Can’t quite decide if u want them closed or not. We do have a five year old so probably safer to have. But I am keen to keep them as clean looking as possible so I guess acrylic or glass would best achieve that

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18 hours ago, oldcoop said:

Good call. Can’t quite decide if u want them closed or not. We do have a five year old so probably safer to have. But I am keen to keep them as clean looking as possible so I guess acrylic or glass would best achieve that

 

Is it not to do with toddlers and heads?

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3 hours ago, Ferdinand said:

 

Is it not to do with toddlers and heads?

Yes - exactly that

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57 minutes ago, oldcoop said:

Yes - exactly that

 

And 5 year olds not being toddlers, perhaps a temporary solution then removed might be suitable.

 

Depending on your own view.

 

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