DESIGN WITH ALUMINUM

Posted on Nov 5, 2018
DESIGN WITH ALUMINUM

stairplane® staircases are the result of over 20 years of research and development, manufacturing experience using anodised aluminum and experience with building regulations all over the globe. The unique composition in the aluminum allows us to achieve strengths equal to steel, but with a fraction of the weight, making installation much easier. Aluminum also is a more refined metal than steel and does not give a dated look with time as most steel staircases. Some of the staircases you see on this site were designed over 20 years ago, and still have a discrete, modern aesthetic. You can find stairplane staircases in every European country, as well as in the US. We have technical solutions for practically every architectural wish and challenge, ask us.

It is no wonder that aluminum is the choice of companies manufacturing luxury and high-tech, high-aesthetic goods. Airplanes, skis, luxury cars, boats and computers are made of aluminum. While not all aluminum is the same, aluminum is, and will remain, more expensive per pound than steel. But you generally are buying fewer pounds of it. Aluminum is often used in high-end luxury goods, like the BMW i8, the Chevrolet Corvette, the Mercedes-Benz S-L-Class. Apple switched all their computing devices over to aluminum years ago, the iPhone, iPad, MacBooks and iMacs are all made of high-grade aluminum, which is obvious in their beauty. Aluminum is a metal which allows endless opportunities for design and creativity but which, at the same time, responds fully to modern demands in terms of environment and sustainability.

In construction, aluminum has replaced steel decades ago as the metal of choice. Windows, doors, high-end italian and german kitchens and office furniture are often made from aluminum, because it can be better detailed and designed, and does not corrode like steel. Insensation provides aluminum frameless-door frames and luxury staircases. We sold our first aluminum staircase 20 years ago, and today our designs are found in the finest homes in both the USA and Europe. Architects who build for sustainability and appreciate detailed design appreciate the advantages of designing with aluminum.

Key advantages of aluminum:

Elegant, modern, natural aspect – aluminum is the 3rd most prevalent element on Earth after oxygen and silicon

Numerous possibilities of textures, colours and surface finishes

Very durable over the long term – and we mean more than 30 years

Requires minimal maintenance – almost none.  No sanding, no varnishing no wax

Light weight with a high strength-to-weight ratio.  Infinitely better than steel

Does not burn and is not noxious in case of fire – we hope you won’t experience this

Can be totally and repeatedly recycled through simple re-melting.  Completely sustainable

Available in many different forms to suit a diverse range of applications – we have over 1008 stair designs made with aluminum

Aluminium creates an impermeable barrier to air, water and wind.  This means it won’t rust

Anodised aluminum is totally UV resistant.  Try this with powder-coated steel or wood

Anodising enhances the natural qualities of aluminium further; it permits a strongly contemporary finish with incomparable corrosion and abrasion resistance. Unique amongst surface treatments, such as coatings, anodising is totally integrated with the metallic substrate – it is not simply a film applied to cover the surface. We anodise our staircases with 21 mU.   That is almost the strongest anodisation you can get and is pretty indestructible unless you drive a car over the staircase.

The anodisation layer will retain its original beauty and protection against corrosion throughout the life of the staircase – some of our stairs have been installed for more than 20 years.  The ’’living’’ quality of its natural metallic sheen, combining texture with colour, guarantees a creative interaction of the surfaces and with the constantly changing light conditions through the day and across the different seasons.   Aluminum stairs are a work of art.