Staircase Replacement Cost (For 2018)

Design and materials play a huge role in deciding the overall cost of replacing a staircase. The prices climb quite rapidly once you start to add bespoke features and expensive fittings, although a standard straight staircase can start from as little as £250.

The next step up in price comes with the addition of a bespoke design, which could set you back £3,000 at the very least. And, if you’re staring at a particularly ‘radical’ bespoke design, you may need to budget for work which could cost upwards of £25,000.

However, there are a broad range of staircase styles and designs available, some of which we have provided estimates for below:

Material – Softwood Material – Ash or Oak Hardwood
Straight From £380 From £1,100
Single Winder From £510 From £1,375
Double Winder From £660 From £1,725
Quarter Landing From £425 From £1,250
Half Landing From £510 From £1,600
Triple Winder From £785 From £1,875
Z Shape From £799 From £2,075
Straight Mid Landing From £500 From £1,700
Double Landing From £500 From £1,600

These figures do not include VAT, so be sure to factor that in as well as the cost of delivery.

Now, depending on the style of fittings and finishes you want to use, the price of your staircase could increase greatly. For example, ball caps, Georgian spindles, and turned posts can add 10%+ to the overall cost.

Here are several additional factors that may affect the price of your staircase replacement:

  • Installation costs will vary. That depends on how easy the access is – higher levels will be more expensive than lower levels, for example.
  • Scale and complexity
  • Who completes the work

If you’re confident you have the muscle and experience to install the staircase on your own, you could save a considerable amount in labour costs.

It will take a few days to put in a typical staircase, and the cost of their labour will tend to fall between £200 and £400, though this is likely to be higher if you live in London or the South.

The cost for putting in a replacement staircase carried out by professionals will include:

  • The measuring
  • The building
  • The installation
  • Removing and disposing of the old staircase

This could total between £2,000 and £4,000.

Cost of Replacing a Staircase FAQ

There’s nothing worse than landing on a creaky step when you’re trying to sneak around the house unnoticed. If you’re starting to run out of steps you can comfortably walk on without sounding like there’s an angry cat living under them, it might be time to consider getting a new staircase.

The staircase is the focal point of our hallways, both structurally and visually. It often goes neglected, as rarely do homeowners consider that it may need more than a new carpet every fifteen years to keep it in good condition.

Replacing your staircase can be a fantastic way to kick-start renovation within the home. It’s also a sound investment – if your current staircase has been in situ since you bought the house, there’s a good chance it’s been subject to constant footfall from multiple families or homeowners before you moved in.

There are several factors you need to consider when designing a replacement staircase. The most obvious, of course, is how it’s going to look. Though there’s certainly a place for floating, sci-fi-esque steps making their way – seemingly unsupported – up a gleaming white wall, this style may not be the best choice for you if your house is particularly old or if you have young children.

The cost of the installation will vary depending on a number of factors, including but not limited to:

  • Materials
  • Craftmanship
  • Overall Design

For such an extensive project, it can be difficult finding a cost-effective solution. Using the Tradesmen Prices form just below, you can access 3-4 quotes from reliable contractors who will be able to replace your existing staircase with a brand new one, tailored to your requirements and desired finish.

Why would someone want a new staircase?

If your existing staircase is structurally unsound, outdated, or doesn’t fit the aesthetic of the rest of your home, you may want to look into replacing it.

Similarly, a brand-new staircase may be necessary to provide safe and reliable access to a new loft conversion or mezzanine floor.

What are the disadvantages of a new staircase?

Depending on the style of staircase you choose to install, you may encounter several complications.

For example, a spiral staircase cannot be used as the primary (or single) access to the full second floor of a home. They can be difficult to navigate and allow only one person to use them at a time.

Similarly, U-Shaped and L-Shaped stairs can be difficult to construct in spaces which previously featured a straight staircase.

Are there alternatives to a new staircase?

If your reason for looking at a new staircase is simply to update the existing look, you may want to consider simply customising your current staircase instead.

For an older looking carpet, you may want to have it replaced. Conversely, you could remove the carpet entirely and paint the material underneath, be it wood or concrete.

What are the main benefits of a new staircase?

Aside from offering a brand new aesthetic update to your central accessway, having a new staircase installed can correct unsound structures and provide a safe way to navigate the floors of your home.

Each style of staircase comes with its own individual advantages:

Design Advantages
Straight ·         Easiest to ascend/descend

·         Typically, easier to build

·         Railings and measurements simpler

L-Shaped/Quarter Turn ·         Visually interesting

·         Can reduce sound transmission between floors

·         Can be located in the corner of a room

U-Shaped/Half Turn ·         Easier to fit into architectural designs

·         The landings offer resting points part way up the stairs

Winder ·         Require less space than other types of staircase

·         Visually interesting

Spiral ·         Incredibly compact

·         Visually interesting

·         Central pole provides structural support, making construction simpler

Curved ·         Elegant and traditional

·         Relatively easy to ascend/descend

Will I need planning permission to build a new staircase?

Before you dive into designing your new staircase, you need to be aware of the building regulations that this type of work is subject to.

If you’re simply replacing an existing staircase, it’s unlikely that you’ll need to make any changes, or need to apply for planning permission. However, if you’re installing a new staircase – for example, to create an accessway to a loft conversion – you’ll need to be cautious and ensure you abide by the following rules:

  • Each step should be 22cm deep (between each step’s nosing).
  • Each step’s height should be between 19cm-22cm.
  • Carpenters say that the staircase should be 85cm wide although there is variance on this.
  • Landing headroom should be minimum of 20cm. If this is part of converting your loft, this should be 19cm
  • The gradient of the staircase must not exceed 42°.

Professional tradespeople or architects will be aware of these regulations already, but if you would like to understand them in further detail, click here.

Should my new staircase installer be a member of anything (trade body, government registration scheme, etc?) What sort of questions should I be asking them?

If a carpenter installs your staircase, you may want to check to see if they’re registered with the British Woodworking Federation.

Additionally, it’s always to wise to ask any contractors who undertake permanent work on your home whether they have public liability insurance.

How long does it take to install a new staircase?

The length of time that it will take to fit your new staircase replacement or installation will depend on:

  • Whether it’s a bespoke or standard design
  • How big it is
  • Where it is located within the property

As a general rule, leave a good two or three days for a carpenter to install a replacement staircase, but make sure you factor in time for the disposal of the old flight, too!

If you’re going for a custom staircase, you’ll need an architect to help you draw up the plans. This part of the job can take around two and a half months – then manufacturing the staircase from the architect plans can take between a fortnight and a month.

If you’re unsure about the timescale and level of access you’ll have to the second floor of your home, be sure to speak with your contractors.

Why should I get new staircase quotes from Tradesmen Prices?

When shopping around for new staircase prices, you may be given quotes across a large price range for the work you want. Tradesmen Prices can offer you 3-4 new staircase quotes from reliable, genuine tradespeople who will carry out the work necessary at a competitive rate.

The more quotes you have, the more likely you are to secure a better price for the same work – after all, if you have four companies vying for your custom, it’s likely at least one will compete by dropping their prices.

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