Best coatings and 60 ideas for designing an outdoor staircase

Best coatings and 60 ideas for designing an outdoor staircase

The external staircase is an important element for connecting gaps in the garden , backyards, facades and other spaces outside the residence. It is essential that it is made with correct, safe materials that facilitate its use in everyday life. Follow the tips of the architect Nubiane Martinello, from Boulevard Arquitetura and ideas to improve her project:

What is the best coating for outdoor stairs

For the professional, “when it comes to external stairs, which will have direct contact with the weather (sun, rain, wind), some materials are more suitable for the execution of their structure, namely concrete and metal”. But, she also emphasizes that there are other options that can be taken into consideration, and reinforces that “safety and durability are essential items in this case”. Check suitable options indicated by the architect:

  • Porcelain tiles: Nubiane reveals that porcelain tiles are the most used coating option due to their cost-effectiveness and wide variety of prints. And he recommends: “to choose the correct part, pay attention to the manufacturer’s indication for the possibility of external use, capacity for people traffic and the surface finish, which must be non-slip (hard) or, at least, natural (which does not receive any enamel coating)”.
  • Natural stones: “due to their natural roughness, stones, such as Miracema, São Tomé and Portuguesa, can be specified for external stairs”, indicates the professional. In addition, she points out that this type of material is athermic and does not absorb much heat. However, she emphasizes care for natural coatings: “application of water repellents, laying with specialized labor and care with the use of certain cleaning products to avoid stains”.
  • Fulget: “consists of a modern technique that basically is the mixture of cement with small amounts of stones, with the option of also being resined, which makes it even more resistant”, explains the architect. She informs that this type of material “is indicated for application in external environments because it is non-slip and athermal”. According to the professional, it can also be found in numerous colors that vary according to the stone used in its base, however it needs specialized labor for application and care with its maintenance.
  • Granite: according to Nubiane, granite for external stairs must be flamed, that is, “have a special treatment with high temperatures so that it becomes non-slip”. And he adds, “the tonality and texture of the granite changes from the original polished after this process, making it lighter and more rustic, but it’s worth it for safety”. For installation on external floors, she advises the use of waterproofing agents to avoid stains and facilitate cleaning.
  • Wood: The architect recommends a wood that is weather resistant for outdoor stairs. “Even with good wood, such as Itaúba or Cumaru, the ladder will need attention, with annual maintenance, to always remain beautiful and not degrade over time”, she says.
  • Sheet metal: “metal is widely used as a structural material in the manufacture of stairs, but it can also be used as the tread itself, as long as it is a non-slip model”, informs Nubiane. For this purpose, she recommends the hollow sheet and the checkered sheet, “all models are always manufactured with thicker galvanized sheet to provide stability and durability”. The professional says that this type of ladder is widely used in the industrial style and highlights that the metal sheets are very practical and light, and can be painted or used in their original color.

It is always important to have a qualified professional to correctly design an external staircase, ensuring beauty and safety. “The architect has a certain freedom to create and model the stairs within the context of the architecture under development”, emphasizes Nubiane.

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More than connecting different levels, the staircase can be creative, decorative and become the differential in your external environment. See projects:

1. The external staircase can be the protagonist

ULTRA

2. And stand out on the facade of the house

BITTAR ARCHITECTURE

3. A model of natural stones looks beautiful

JACOBSEN ARCHITECTURE

4. The external ladder can be simple

VILLAGE LIFE

5. Have large illuminated steps

BOULEVARD ARCHITECTURE

6. Present a traditional L-shape

LUIZ PAULO ANDRADE ARCHITECTS

7. Or innovate with a lot of creativity

KIKO SALOMAO

8. A fan design is also impressive

LEANDRO GARCIA

9. The ladder can be fully integrated into the garden

DT STUDIO ARCHITECTURE

10. Or attract attention with vibrant color abroad

VINE ARCHITECTURE STUDIO

11. Metal models are practical

FELIPE HESS ARCHITECTS

12. And they bring a super modern air

ELKIS LANDSCAPING

13. The stairs can be a differentiator on the facade

SIMONE MEIRELLES ARCHITECTURE

14. And make it more imposing

DAYALA+RAFAEL

15. A helical shape is great for small backyards

ARCHITECTURE SCALE

16. The combination with glass brings more charm

FERNANDA BERTOLLA

17. You can take advantage of the space under the stairs

ARCHITECTS WORK

18. A wide model looks elegant

FERNANDA DABBUR ARCHITECTURE

19. And it brings more sophistication to the outside

DAYALA+RAFAEL

20. But, you can adapt the width to your space

LP. MORE ARCHITECTS

21. Wood blends in very well with vegetation

ALEX HANAZAKI

22. The fulget brings a modern look to the building

BITTAR ARCHITECTURE

23. Stones enchant with textures

DAYALA+RAFAEL

24. In addition, they are natural materials

FAISAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

25. Perfect for those who want a rustic staircase

CATERINA POLY

26. The ladder can harmonize with the plants in the garden

GAM ARCHITECTS

27. And it doesn’t have to be linear

BONNYE ARCHITECTURE

28. The steps can also be of different sizes

FERNANDA BERTOLLA

29. In this project, the vegetation creates the illusion of floating

FERNANDA DABBUR ARCHITECTURE

30. Guarding a handrail is important

WORK ARCHITECTS

31. It can be of the same material as the ladder

CATERINA POLY

32. Or form an interesting combination

JANICE ITO ARCHITECT

32. Beacons are also very useful

DB ARCHITECTS

34. And they help guide the paths, especially at night

JULIANA FREITAS

35. The external staircase can complement with lightness

GIL FIALHO LANDSCAPING

36. Maintain the standard of external decoration

GUELO NUNES

37. Complement a classic facade

CARLA BERTUOL

38. Or stand out with colors and shapes

FERNANDA DABBUR ARCHITECTURE

39. Porcelain is widely used as a coating

FERNANDA BERTOLLA

40. Since it has great versatility

FERNANDO FARINAZZO ARCHITECTURE

41. The external staircase can be protected by a pergola

ARCHITECTS SQUADRON

42. And look even more beautiful with lighting

ARCHITECT CYBELE KINOSHITA

43. In addition to being safer at night

RICARDO ROSSI ARCHITECTURE

44. How about combining with decorative lanterns ?

DEBORAH ROIG

45. Bring a contemporary look with wide steps

BELLUZZO MARTINHÃO ARCHITECTS

46. ​​Decorate a country house with charm

ROBERTO RISCALA LANDSCAPING

47. Use materials suitable for an outdoor staircase

WORK ARCHITECTS

48. That they are weather resistant

JACOBSEN ARCHITECTURE

49. Decorate more naturally with wood

ALEXANDRE FURCOLIN LANDSCAPING

50. Or Incorporate Countryside Air With Bricks

MONICA COSTA

51. Light and neutral coatings are wildcards

MARCOS BERTOLDI ARCHITECTS

52. And make any space more refined

ROGÉRIO PEREZ

53. Small vases can decorate the stairs

ROBERTO RISCALA LANDSCAPING

54. But its steps can be an attraction on its own

BELLUZZO MARTINHÃO ARCHITECTS

55. Even at night

FERNANDO THUNM LANDSCAPING

56. Whether with a simple and unobtrusive model

GUSTAVO BEBER

57. Or with a big staircase surrounded by plants

JACOBSEN ARCHITECTURE

58. Any unevenness deserves special attention

AMZ ARCHITECTS

59. And you can have a sculptural model on your outside

AGUIRRE ARCHITECTURE

60. Enhance your home even more with a beautiful staircase

HUMBERTO HERMETO

The external ladder must be strong, functional and safe to avoid accidents. With all these tips, your planning is much more practical and the outside of your home is more beautiful. Enjoy and also check out garden decoration ideas .

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