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Our Service

 

 

 

 

Showroom

 

Offices and showroom
The Higginson team are available to lead you through the process of choosing the best stair for your project. In our showroom we have photographs of jobs completed, scaled down examples of stairs, timber samples, ranges of balustrading in a number of materials and a wealth of experience.

Please call us to arrange an appointment to ensure that you receive our best attention.

Factory
We manufacture in the same building, a tour can be arranged during your visit.

 

 

 

Applications

 

New build
Consultation is recommended from the early stages of the job with sensible time scales allowed, complex stairs can take months to manufacture especially during busy periods. To ensure a good fit, the opening should not be prepared until the size of the stair has been determined.

Replacement
If the reason for change is because the stair is too steep or the tread too small bear in mind that the well opening will have been built to suit the stair. The length of this together with the number of risers dictate the headroom, it is likely that structural work will be necessary to accommodate a new stair.

If changing for aesthetics, the layout of the new stair will be similar to the existing one if restricted to the same opening.

Refurbishment and loft conversion
We specialise in copying the existing stair, near match or standard alternatives are suggested to keep costs down.

Listed buildings and conservation work
Additional stairs can be manufactured to replicate existing ones, however, we are unable to undertake repair work.

 

E A Higgionson & Co

 

 

Stair Design

 

Traditional v Contemporary
The space available affects the shape of a staircase, individual taste influences the appearance. We work closely with our clients to choose a design which is in keeping with the building whilst taking their own ideas on board.

If you are looking for the wow factor give us the challenge.

 

 

 

Cost

 

Pricing
We do not have a standard price list, all stairs are made to order and quoted for individually. The choice of timber, shape and component parts determine the end cost, advice can be given on how to tailor these to keep within budget.

An indication of price for basic flights can be given by telephone or via the online enquiry form. For hardwood, curved and feature stairs drawings or dimensioned sketches are required with as much information and notice as possible. Estimating can be time consuming, time taken to respond will vary depending on current demand and complexity of job.

 

 

 

Stair Materials

 

Solid timber
Timber is a natural material, colours and grain will vary from one piece to another. The most popular species we use are redwood, whitewood, oak and black walnut, other species are available with new ones coming onto the market, for the more information click here - www.timbmet.com

It is extremely important that humidity levels are under control before installing timber products into any building in order to avoid moisture related problems.

Laminated timber
It is becoming more common and economical for softwoods to be laminated, that is strips of wood joined together in a number of ways. If your stair is to receive a clear finish this should be brought to our notice at enquiry stage.

Larger sizes of hardwood are not available kilned and are unsuitable for use internally. To overcome the problem two pieces or more are glued together and pressed. Pieces are selected with the best match for grain and colour, but in some cases differences may be visible.

Sheet materials
Mainly MDF and ply are used.

Other materials
Veneers and pliable products are used in curved stairs.

Safety nosings
These can be grooved into the step or applied as specified.

 

E A Higgionson & Co

 

 

Balustrading

 

Timber balustrading
Standard newels and spindles are stocked in square or turned patterns together with baserail, newel caps and finials. We have an exclusive Georgian range which is made by hand.

We buy balustrading direct from other specialist companies to complement our stairs, please see our useful links page.

Some standard handrail is stocked, a huge collection of other profiles are machined to order or cutters can be made to match special profiles. Curved handrail is made by hand to include bends, ramps, wreaths and scrolls.

Glass
Glass panels can be incorporated into the balustrade.

Metal
Wrought iron or steel uprights can be used between the handrail and stair tread or string.

Acrylic
Square or circular acrylic balusters are another alternative.

 

 

 

Site Surveys

 

Site surveys
We offer a measuring service within a reasonable travelling distance.

 

 

 

Installation

 

Fitting service
A service is available within Greater London and the Home Counties to install the stairs we have manufactured. We do not undertake any structural or preparation work, this should be carried out by a competent builder.

 

 

 

Finishes

 

Decoration
It is generally assumed that softwood will receive an opaque finish, it is important to inform us if this is not the case. We do not have facilities to apply finishes to our stairs, please contact us for a list of recommended polishers.

 

E A Higginson & Co

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