3 Stainless Steel Staircase Ideas

Posted on December 21, 2011 by Reda Abouleish
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Stainless steel staircases are a great way to add interest to a home or office space.

There are many different stainless steel staircase designs available for you on the market today that come in different shapes matching your home or office vibe.  These stairs add an architecturally interesting element to what may be considered by some as an otherwise boring structure.  Here are some stainless steel staircase ideas to consider during your next renovation or new build.

Spiral staircases may exhibit intricate detail or simple, sleek modern lines covering a wide spectrum of taste and décor.  The name is a direct reflection of its build.  It is created in the shape of a spiral with each step encompassing approximately a twelfth of the stairs.  There is a central column located as a support to each step.  The key to executing this correctly is to take accurate measurements and dimensions before constructing it.  If you are unsure on how to proceed seek out a professional who has worked with stainless steel spiral staircases before.

Another staircase available to fulfill your creative needs is the “L’ shaped stairs.  These are stairs that work with or without railings.  To maximize the stairs one blogger suggested creating extra storage to the bottom of these stairs in the form of drawers.  You could store shoes, books, school bags or whatever you need in this easily accessible area.

The third idea is a simple, common design referred to as vertical stairs.  This is a great option for smaller homes or office buildings.  It does not seem to take up as much space and you can still make the look original by painting them with a touch of color.

No matter what your staircase needs ar, stainless steel is a safe, durable, aesthetically pleasing element to add to your next home/office renovation or new build.

To find out more about stainless steel or nickel alloy bars call National Specialty Alloys today.

Home of Super Bowl 2012: Lucas Oil Stadium

Posted on December 6, 2011 by Reda Abouleish

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With Fantasy Football winding down and the NFL Playoffs coming up then there is one thing this country has on the brain, Super Bowl XLVI.  Gearing up for the big game includes more than buying chips and dips for your football guests.  It is about studying the disabled list and learning more about the venue, Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Indianapolis Colts.

Lucas Oil Stadium was built in preparation for Super Bowl 2012 but the architects took it one step further and made sure this venue would continue to be utilized during the off-season.  It has many unusual features establishing this stadium as a multi-functional venue.  Let’s start by looking at the retractable roof and the steel trusses supporting the 760 feet long structure.

Steel was the best and only choice of material strong enough to make the trusses needed to hold the weight of the two retractable panels that create the roof.  The total weight is around 2.5 million pounds; thus, the architects needed a durable, strong, weather resistant material.  Anything other than steel would collapse under such pressure.

The retractable roof separates itself from other stadiums.  This was the first retractable roof in history to divide lengthwise.  It slides down the slope of the stadium roof when it is opened.

Another spectacular feature is the large, moveable window wall.  This is another first for stadiums because it was the largest moveable glass wall in the world.  The purpose it to allow the stadium the option to stay open like playing in an outdoor field or shut keeping the interior protected from negative weather destruction.

Lucas Oil Stadium has also been used to host NCAA basketball tournaments and other events.  The 70,000 plus seating capabilities possible for basketball makes this stadium top contender for the NBA All-Star Game and NBA Finals.

To find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloy bars, call one of our knowledgeable, experienced experts today.

 

3 Benefits to Using Steel Windows

Posted on November 29, 2011 by Reda Abouleish

steel-stainless-windows-benefits-tips-barsSteel is a material that works with modern or classic building designs.  Architects, builders and designers are choosing steel windows over other materials but why.  What makes steel windows more beneficial than the rest for commercial structures, hospitals, schools and homes?  Here are three advantages to using steel windows.

Steel Windows Last

If you compare aluminum versus steel windows then steel windows are easily the stronger and more durable of the two.  A steel window is approximately three times stronger than aluminum.  It does not crack with age or disintegrate over time.  It produces solid windows able to hold an immense amount of weight and size offering breathtaking outdoor views that may otherwise not exist at all.

High Fire Rating

When a builder is designing a structure he/she must keep in mind the required building codes of fire windows.  In many cases, city codes require fire rated steel windows to be used, especially when related to specific structures. Check with your building codes for details.

How are Fire Windows Rated?

Fire windows are measured by the duration of time it takes to protect a building from flames.  A fire window with a high rating is considered better protection for occupants and those around or near the building.  Steel windows prevent further tragic situations from occurring for steel windows do not break, melt or cause a back draft.  This significantly decreases the danger people and firefighters face during such disasters.

Versatility

As mentioned in the introduction, steel windows can be used for a wide array of styles and looks.  You can go extremely modern or traditional.  It does not matter what route you choose for you are able to customize your orders into whatever form, shape, style needed to complete your design.

To find out how to complete your design with stainless steel or nickel alloy bars call us today!

 

Choose Steel to Design with in 2012

Posted on November 23, 2011 by Reda Abouleish

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When designing a structure many engineers are turning to steel.  It is a lightweight material packed with durable, reliable strength that has been used for eras.  Drive around in your area and look around.  There are skyscrapers, concert stadiums, sports venues and home dwellings all made from stainless steel.  So why do so many people choose stainless steel versus other materials?  Stainless steel allows a builder’s imagination to run free without any limitations.  You are able to choose from a wide array of options making your vision come together right before your eyes.

Customize Your Stainless Steel Structure

There are an endless number of options available when designing with steel.  You can choose from different colors, various shapes, windows and more.  The key to finding out what options are available is to talk to a stainless steel sales representative with the knowledge and experience to provide you with the help in understanding and creating the best building design matching your needs.  It is a valuable asset to have someone on the other line providing you with solid advice.

Designing your commercial or personal property should be fun!  Find a stainless steel supplier that hires experienced and trained staff available to guide you through the process.  It does make a significant difference having someone with a vast supply of knowledge from the steel supplier on your team.

To find out more information call National Specialty Alloys today!

 

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