Building Stairs on a Budget: deck stairs, basement stairs, interior stairs and concrete stairs

In this age of economic downturn, it is more important than ever to save every dime possible on your building projects. One of the most expensive areas of construction is found in stair building. There are several reasons.

First, stairs are often considered the exclusive domain of the “stair specialist”. Many people consider such a project to be well out of their range of expertise, and they reluctantly call in the “specialist”. Needless to say they are usually horrified at the high price, and often feel that they have no alternative but to either accept the bid or put the project on hold.

Secondly, stairs are usually more difficult than most construction projects because there are some very specific guidelines which are required by code, and if you get the initial planning wrong, you could be faced with tearing out and building the stairs again.

The standard or traditional methods of stair building have usually consisted of the marking out and freehand cutting of multiple stair stringers. Next, the stringers are attached and aligned and then the risers and treads are attached. This is a very cumbersome process which takes a great degree of skill and often, even the “specialist” gets it wrong.

The good news is, you can use an engineered stair building system, otherwise known as adjustable brackets. The benefits are that they’re much easier to install and only a very minimal skill level is necessary- compared to traditional framing. This system consists of adjustable stair brackets, that automatically adjust to the exact rise and run you require. The brackets are approved as joist hangers which allow the stair risers to be used structurally, carrying the load across the stair like floor joists. This kind of system is very strong and it has been tested for stairs up to nine feet wide, using only the two outside stringers. This completely eliminates the need for any interior stringers. The outside stringers then require only 3 to 4 cuts each, and the risers and treads are simply attached to the brackets. If you make a mistake, simply readjust the brackets. This kind of system is very versatile and can be used for deck stairs, basement stairs, any kind of interior stairs, as well as cement stairs.

Engineered adjustable stair brackets will  build finished interior stairs, basement stairs, deck and porch Stairs.

How will you save?

1. Little or no wasted wood because additional center stringers are eliminated  and only three to four end cuts are required for each of the outside stringer.

2. Since you only need two stringers, time is saved by eliminating the need to cut and align additional center stringers. No center stringers, means no squeaks.

3. The Brackets do the work by equally adjusting to give you the exact rise and run, eliminating costly mistakes and simplifying the whole process.

4. The system is so accurate that finished interior stairs can be built by installing finished risers and treads directly onto the brackets, eliminating traditional rough framing and up to 80% of the finished trim work normally required with traditional stair building methods.

5. Once the two stringers are built, the rest of the stair goes together like an erector set. A once very complicated job has been simplified to the point where a person with only basic skills can easily build a stronger, accurate stair and get it right the first time. See a 3D demo of how it works.

 How much can you save?

For interior finished stairs, the “stair specialist” can easily save up to $500.00 per flight because most of the traditional “custom trim work” is automatically eliminated. For most two story homes, that means $1000.00 savings. The DIY, the savings are obviously greater.

An approved “Engineered Stair System” eliminates the need to cut stringers and is tested to be much stronger and faster than conventional construction. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a do-it-yourselfer, you will build fast, strong and accurate stairs, on a budget.

EZ Stairs® products allow builders to build stairs with a wide range of materials such as redwood, cedar, tropical wood, treated wood, untreated wood, vinyl, steel, and composites. This stair adjustable bracket building system allows for customized rise and treads configurations which can be adjusted to meet all building codes for any interior or exterior application- ICC approved. It is the only adjustable stair bracket system available anywhere. To help you figure out how many stairs you will need, the website provides a free stair calculator.

EZ Stairs® introduced the new patented adjustable dual-purpose exterior/interior brackets in 2003. In 2004, it won Pro Sales Magazine’s Editor’s Choice award for new product innovation in the construction industry. In 2005, it introduced its composite deck compatibility solution and was chosen for LBM Journal’s ‘Hot Products’ Award at the 2005 International Builders Show, and again voted one of the fifty ‘Hot Products’ at the 2008 International Builders Show.

For more information, visit the ez-stair.com website, or call 866-693-9570.

EZ Stairs® has been voted one of the ’50 Hot Products’ at the International Builder’s Show -several times. This stair adjustable bracket building system allows for customized rise and treads configurations which can be adjusted to meet all building codes for any interior or exterior application- ICC approved. It is It is the only adjustable stair bracket system available anywhere and can be used with a wide range of materials.
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Latest EZ Stair News: Our adjustable stair brackets double as a rail post support, making strong stair railings that not only meet code but exceed it.

New Simple Solution for Stair Rail Safety: 15 Facts

                                            ICC-ESR # 2295 – Released January 2012

1.    Code requires all railing to hold 200 lb lateral load.

2.    This also applies to stair railing but in the past has not been enforced, since it was not possible to obtain            code compliant loads. New EZ Stairs® technology has now made code compliancy possible.

3.    Residential code requires 200 lb at 36” above the nose of the tread.

4.    Commercial code requires 200 lb at 42″ above the nose of the tread.

5.    The new EZ Stairs® R/P Support bracket is the first and only ICC/ES tested and accepted bracket which meets  code requirements for both residential and commercial wood stairs. ICC-ES Acceptance # ESR 2295 (January 2012)

6.    The EZ Stairs® bracket is designed to work equally well for all common stair types – cut stringers, stair angles, EZ Stairs® stacked stringers and housed or notched stringer types.

7.    EZ Stairs® brackets have been tested to exceed the 200 lb load requirements by a safety factor of 250%. This is equivalent to a lateral load of 500 lbs. at 42” (commercial).

8.    The EZ Stairs® brackets when tested at extreme measures, were subjected to a load in excess of 5,000 lbs.

9.    The strength of the EZ Stairs® bracket connection lies in the firm anchoring of the bracket flanges to the tread and blocking (at back of tread) or rise (at front of tread) – go to www.ez-stairs.com  for more information.

10.  EZ Stairs® introduces a simple and economical solution which meets all code requirements for both new construction and structural retrofits for existing rail posts.

11.  The National Safety Council (2011 Safety Statistics) reports that slips and falls are the leading cause of death for persons over age 65. The majority of these lethal injuries are falls from one level to another which includes fatalities and serious injuries on stairs.

12.  These documented statistics establish stairs as the most dangerous area of any deck, well in excess of the more widely and publicly discussed events such as deck collapse which claim relatively few lives when compared to the fatalities resulting from slips and falls on stairs.

13.  When anyone travels up or down a stair, proper safety precautions require a firm grip of the hand rail. If the rail is not properly secured and movement occurs, the ability to maintain a safe grip is compromised.

14.  Maintaining a safe, firm grip on stair railing, can reduce with age, therefore, it is essential to maintain rail post code requirements for rail stability. Failure to comply with set code requirements will increase builders & contractors potential risk of liability.

15.  It’s just a matter of time, as the construction industry is continually made more aware of real  areas of liability, that contractors will start to be exposed and vulnerable to litigation for failing to meet specific documented code requirements… specifically in the stair construction arena of lateral load stair rail safety.

How to build stairs with EZ Stairs
EZ Stairs brackets can also be used as rail post supports.

Build strong, code compliant rail post supports with EZ Stairs.