Why We Love To Use Steel in Staircase Designs

Staircases have been in use by man since the oldest of times.  It is believed that man has been using stairs since 6000 before Christ.  It is presumed that the very first staircases were made from wooden trunks fitted together and it is believed that China was the first to use stone in staircases as can be seen in the Granite staircase that leads to the sacred mountain in Tai Shan.

Modern staircases are quite different from the ones our ancestors used.  Today staircases are used for more than just function. Staircases are considered a major attraction feature in buildings and are made of all types of material or from combinations of materials.

At Signature Stairs we use all of the different types of materials available to create our staircases and balustrades because by combining these different materials we can create staircase designs that are strong, unique and beautiful.  We especially love using stainless steel in our balustrade manufacturing for the following reasons;

Stainless Steel Is Beautiful

Stainless steel naturally has a chrome-like sheen to it and the more you polish your stainless steel staircase materials, the more they will shine.  These metals are especially handy for creating a modern or contemporary staircase design since so many modern trends focus around shiny metals and cold steel.  Because of the nature stainless steel it tends to be used in more in the handrail component of the staircase than in the stringers and treads.

A Highly Durable Metal

Stainless steel is incredibly durable.  Unlike iron, this metal will never rust, unlike copper it won’t turn green and unlike wood, it won’t dry out and crack over time.  Your stainless steel finishes in your staircase will remain in perfect condition for many years to come. In fact, the only thing that will happen to stainless steel is that it might get scratched by sharp objects over time.

The Metal Is Recyclable

If the time comes for your home to be demolished, the stainless finishes in your staircases can be fully recycled into new products.  The recycling process is tremendously helpful for controlling carbon dioxide levels on earth and for reducing pressure on our natural resources.

Hygienic Metal

Bacteria and germs cannot penetrate or sink into stainless steel surfaces.  When you clean these metals, germs will be wiped off completely without any places for them to hide.  It is a very hygienic metal which is exactly why we use this metal in hand railing on our balustrade designs. It can be particularly good option in commercial applications.

A Flexible Metal

Stainless steel products are available in a great variety of product types and shapes.  The metal is also flexible which enable balustrade designers to create all sorts of unique staircase designs and features.


The cleaning and maintenance of stainless steel some customers consider a negative. It never rusts but it can in certain conditions can stain. Stainless steel finishes might , turn black or discoloured over time when a layer of dirt settles on the surface.  This dark or black coating can be removed by giving your stainless steel metals a good brush with toothpaste and a nice polish to bring out that natural shine.

As you can see, stainless steel is a very handy metal for staircase manufacturing.  The metal itself lends plenty of aesthetic appeal to staircases and all of its great benefits make it perfect for staircase constructions.



To get the most out of your stair project, our best advice is to begin your stair design early.

Many owners, designers and builders find themselves approaching the completion of a signature project without a real plan for the staircase. They find themselves scrambling to put something together at the last minute and an entry way to a home becomes a missed opportunity.

We work with owner, architects and builders from early on in the process to ensure that this doesn’t happen.

A design driven construction process require all parties to be proactive. Good design decisions are made early. Often structural changes are required to a stairwell. Some of the more difficult to source timber varieties often need to be sourced months in advance.We take great pride in getting things right the first time.


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