Replacing stairs can be very expensive

In the many possible stair types, the replacement of stairs with very different effort is connected. In the simplest case, unscrewing and replacing is possible. In complex constructions such as staircases or cemented stairs very complex construction work may be necessary.

Stair types and constructions

A distinction is made between open and closed stairs. For open stairs, the treads are usually only hung up, as the staircases are usually designed to be closed. In open cheek steps, the treads on the cheeks are more often bolted and not embedded.

For stair types where the steps rest on one or two stair rails, both screwing and cementing and gluing are possible. The spars can be made of wood, concrete or metal.

The third type of construction are solid stairs made of concrete or stone as a step substructure onto which, for example, wooden steps are applied. The steps can be stored on a support structure and clad in the steps or they are glued or cemented. In this case, which is the normal case especially with natural stone staircase coverings, the replacement is only possible by tearing the stairs.


If stairs are held by stair stringers, two types of attachment are common. For metal cheeks such as flat steel beam stairs, the steps are usually bolted to angles. This makes it easy to replace individual stages.

In wooden staircase constructions, the steps usually store in milled grooves and are glued or glued. In addition, especially for closed staircase types with setting and stepping steps, it may be difficult to approach for the expansion. In principle, inserted step elements can be removed as follows:

1. Saw off step middle part with a jigsaw, so that only about five centimeters from the step end in the cheek groove "stuck".
2. Moving the residual stage to and fro can result in breaking out of the groove. It may be helpful to heat the groove, for example, with a Heißluftföhn to liquefy glue or glue
3. File notches of the groove and insertion chamfer on one of the two upper edges. As a result, the new stage can be pressed after the one-sided insertion into the chamfered groove.

Tips & Tricks

As an alternative to replacing stairs, you can also think about disguising or doubling up the stairs.

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