External staircase for the entrance

If the entrance to the house requires an external staircase, special conditions apply. Here is the staircase to the building and is a structural change, if it is built later. Therefore, regional even a building permit may be necessary. When building the house itself, the outside staircase is of course the same. You must pay attention to the following aspects.

Material and equipment

Depending on how many steps the outside staircase must have at the entrance, a handrail is mandatory. In addition, certain specifications must be observed by the local building authorities. At the same time, a durable material should be selected that is as slip resistant as possible.

  • material
  • Number of steps
  • Handrail required?
  • Building permit necessary?
  • Wide staircase
  • Tread depth
  • step height
  • Accessibility

Material is crucial

The selected material is crucial to the durability of the stairs in front of the entrance. At the same time, it is also responsible for the safety of users. In the area of ​​a house entrance should therefore be dispensed with a wooden staircase.

On the one hand, the construction of wood rots with time and not all of these damages are visible from the outside, so the wooden staircase could become unstable without first being noticed. On the other hand, the steps made of wood in moisture extremely slippery and therefore much too dangerous for the area around the entrance.

Ideal material for the entrance staircase

  • natural stone
  • galvanized steel
  • brick
  • concrete

Dimensions of the outside staircase

Not only the depth of the steps should be slightly larger in the outdoor area than in an interior staircase, especially the width of the individual steps must be selected larger here. Purchases and furniture are carried this way into the house, as the staircase should be at least 80 to 100 inches wide. Comfortably it is even only from 120 centimeters.

The width of the stairs also depends on their height. A narrow high staircase is always a small factor of uncertainty and not very comfortable. In any case, the staircase must be chosen slightly wider than the front door, so that no accidents can happen when stepping out.

Tips & Tricks

Plan two handrails and handrails, even if that would not be necessary with a smaller outside staircase. We are all getting older and in frost or damp, every staircase is a bit slippery. The second handrail provides confidence and makes the stairs particularly safe and reliable.

Video Board: Building a Large Outdoor Staircase