We use engineered softwood which is laminated usually along the length, most of our components are already machined to profile. If your stair is to receive a clear finish this should be brought to our notice at enquiry stage. We can use solid timber including clear pines for a surcharge, note this will increase lead times due to machining from sawn.
Solid prime European oak is our most popular material, walnut also used, tulipwood is a good cost effective alternative if a dark finish is preferred. Manufacturing time is longer due to machining, moulding and sanding involved.
Ply is used for carcass flights which will be clad in other materials by others. Veneer and bendy ply is usual for curved stairs.
Timber is a natural material, colours and grain will vary, every care is taken to match pieces joined together however on wide and long boards we are limited to the stock available, differences may occur. Read the BWF Timber Stair installation guide.
We don’t have facilities to prime or varnish, a French polisher is recommended for finishing hardwood or a good decorator for painting.
It is extremely important that humidity levels are under control before installing timber products into any building in order to avoid moisture related problems later.