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The Difference Between Internal and External Staircases

Stairs are quite versatile structures thanks to its ability to be built indoors or outdoors. However, there are some differences between internal and external staircases that some people might not be aware of. In this post, we’ll discuss each one’s traits so you know what to plan for if you ever decide to build staircases in the future.

Internal staircases

internal staircases

Every building with more than one floor will inevitably have an indoor staircase so the other floors can be accessed (and because of building code requirements). While several things will be similar between the two types of staircases, some things differentiate the two.

  • A wider range of materials are available for indoor stairs since some materials will quickly wear out when exposed to the elements.
  • For most homes, interior space will be greatly constrained. This is the reason many people opt for internal spiral staircases when building a new one indoors.
  • Generally, building indoor stairs are harder and slower to build, particularly for stairs built on site. A lot of things have to be considered when building interior stairs because of issues of safety, and structural stability.
    • The foundation must be able to support the staircase itself, as well as the people who will be using it.
    • Builders must be very thorough and follow stricter building codes. They cannot make a mistake since it might weaken the structural integrity of the building, which may eventually damage or even collapse the building.

External Staircases

external stairs












External staircases are less prominent that internal stairs, but they are still important. While they’re usually used with the same capacity as internal stairs, they are critical because they are also utilised for emergencies. Aside from that, external stairs have their own characteristics that distinguish them from internal stairs.

  • Usually, they have to be sturdier than internal stairs. The materials primarily chosen are those that can take a beating from the weather and support the weight of its users.
  • External stairs are easier to install because they do not affect the integrity of the whole structure that much seeing as they are constructed outside.
  • As long as the ground, foundation, or wall/s can support it, external staircases can be built wherever it is needed.
  • External stairs is slightly easier and faster to build and install, especially for standalone staircases.
  • There may be fewer restrictions with the building codes when it concerns external stairs although it depends on the area.

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This entry was posted on January 27, 2014 by in Guides and tagged , , , .
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