A new campaign is targeting builders working on extensions and loft conversions to warn against ‘Stair Despair’.
The social media campaign, promoted by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Stair Scheme, is highlighting the awful bodge jobs and crazy design decisions being made every day in the design and installation of timber stairs.
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The horror beneath – Incorrect fixings have been used to attach the riser to the tread and an incorrect fixing specification used to secure the wall string to the wall. This leads to creaking stairs and movement of the staircase when in use.
Hannah Mansell, manager of the BWF Stair Scheme, says:
“Stairs are one of the most important aspects of building construction to perfect, and the correct design, manufacture and installation of a stair is safety critical. Every year in the UK here are 450,000 injuries and 550 deaths caused by accidents on stairs.
“A timber stair may seem like just another flatpack furniture challenge. But these are finely engineered structural systems. Builders must carry out a detailed site survey and understand how a stair will be used and who it will be used by, catering for the differing needs of users.
“Take advice from a BWF Stair Scheme member company and you won’t go wrong. It will save you a fortune in expensive and time-consuming repairs later on.”
Download the BWF Stair Scheme Installation Guide here: //stairscheme.bwf.org.uk/stair-installation