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Shop Built Stairs - Construction And Building

Shop built stairs would be any set of stairs that was built in a shop or off-site. Shop built stairs can be pre-manufactured in a warehouse or commercial building and then shipped out to the job sites to be installed. The picture below provides you with an excellent example of a set of stairs that was built in someone's garage and then installed at the job site.

Benefits For Using Shop Built Stairways

Some of the costs for building staircases in a factory can be drastically reduced, if there are enough stairways to make it worthwhile. If you're only building 20 staircases, it might not be worth it for a stair building shop to even get started.

Sometimes it costs a lot of money to set the machines and organize each phase of the project. Even to provide some one with a set of shop drawings, cost money.

However, if you're building 20 custom staircases that will require a lot of details, you might be able to find a stair building manufacturer, willing to give you a bid.


Disadvantages For Using Shop Built Stairs

There is a reason why I installed thousands of staircases, on different job sites and this was one of them. It was hard for a factory to compete with me or other carpenters, who could cut and install a few sets of stairs in just one day.

I didn't need to get any shop drawings approved and most of the time, there wasn't a long waiting period. The jobsite foreman would call me on Monday and the stairs would be in by Friday.

One of the biggest disadvantages for using shop built stairs is the shipping costs, of the finished product. And if these stairs aren't ordered in time, you could also be dealing with production delays.

One time I cut and installed 18 sets of stairs in five days. It would almost be impossible to contact, get the shop drawings completed and approved in that time period.


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