Staircases are obviously an essential addition to any multi-story commercial building, and concrete stairs are an excellent choice for both indoor and outdoor applications. Incredibly strong, highly durable and easy to maintain, a well-made set of concrete stairs will last for decades, even in the busiest areas.
However, if you are arranging to have concrete stairs installed in or around a commercial building, you will need to choose between precast concrete stairs and concrete stairs that are poured and constructed on-site. While precast stairs are convenient and cost-effective, there are many good reasons to go the extra mile and have concrete stairs poured and constructed in-situ.
What are the advantages of choosing poured concrete stairs over precast concrete stairs?
Versatility of design
Precast concrete staircases are mass-produced in off-site factories, and are therefore made to predetermined dimensions. While precast concrete stairs are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, you may find it difficult to find precast stairs that can be used in tight or unusually shaped spaces, such as the spaces around wheelchair elevators or utility rooms.
Choosing poured concrete stairs ensures that a suitable, sturdy set of steps can be created in virtually any room or space where they are needed. This versatility can be a real boon if you are constructing a commercial building with an unusual floor plan or architectural style and is particularly useful for creating unique, attractive concrete staircases for commercial venues such as theme parks.
Exceptional load-bearing strength
Precast concrete stairs are often installed fairly late in the construction process for most commercial buildings and are usually installed over a specially-made concrete slab to provide stability and a level surface. While this process is quick and convenient, it is far from optimal when it comes to creating stairs with load-bearing strength, as the newly installed stairs will only be as strong as their bracings.
Poured concrete stairs constructed on-site are poured directly into an excavated portion of ground, in much the same way that building foundations are poured. This gives them load-bearing strength far superior to that of most precast concrete staircases, a vital quality for multi-story staircases or staircases that will be fitted with heavy mobility equipment such as inclined wheelchair lifts.
Precast concrete staircases are often manufactured hundreds of miles from where they will be used, and while the processes used to create them are reliable and efficient, any manufacturing flaws in the stairs may not be noticed until it is too late. Precast stairs cases can also be accidentally damaged during transport.
Having a staircase poured and constructed on-site by a reputable commercial concrete service gives you much more assurance that the stairs you install will last the test of time. Any flaws in concrete composition or forming can be spotted and rectified immediately, and the dimensions of the stairs can be easily changed to accommodate any last-minute planning changes.
For more information, reach out to a commercial concrete service.