Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Length Of Staircase

The length of a staircase is usually referred to as the distance traveled while you're walking up or down. The black arrows in the diagram below represent the length of this particular stairway. We can arrive at the length of the staircase, by measuring the distance between the top and bottom of the stair steps.


Why Is The Length Of A Staircase Important?

You don't see it very often in the United States, but in Asia and Europe, you're going to run across some stairways that are extremely long and difficult to climb. That's because they didn't have any building codes are building inspectors who were generally concerned with your safety.

Most building codes today require long stairways to have a landing or resting place, every 12 feet in a vertical direction. To learn more about this, click on the link below.


Maximum Total Stairway Rise

Long stairways can create safety hazards for people who aren't in the best physical shape. Simply by climbing up these long stairways, people can become dizzy and lose their balance.

Another reason why the building and safety code requirements, request that you have a landings positioned through out an extraordinarily long stairway, is to prevent people from rolling all the way down the stairs.

If someone becomes lightheaded and faints, there's a good chance that they're only going to roll a certain distance, before landing on a level surface (stair landing). If these landings weren't there, these people could roll a considerable distance, before they finally stopped.


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