From flooring that flows seamlessly into stairs to striking open staircases with bamboo balustrades.
Stairs are important structural elements of all buildings, which is why well-known, traditional building materials are often chosen. In many buildings, stairs are also an eye-catcher and contribute to the atmosphere of the interior. Bamboo staircases offer several advantages in comparison to other materials and are easy to combine with bamboo floors, balustrades, walls and ceilings.
Bamboo as a staircase offers several advantages:
MOSO® has had its bamboo products tested in terms of the mechanical properties and, when needed, can provide the calculation values for structural applications in stairs and bridges.
For the production of stairs, bamboo is mainly used in the form of flooring for covering an existing staircase or as a panel for covering an existing staircase or as a complete stairway step. The final application determines the choice of the right bamboo product.
Open staircases can be created with MOSO® Bamboo Solid Panel. This board material is available in different thicknesses, colours and styles. The Bamboo Solid Panel is made of laminated bamboo strips. This creates a special look on the sides, which becomes beautifully prominent when used as steps. The choice of the top layer determines the hardness of the step and, thus, the lifespan. The method of finishing, for example with a lacquer or oil, is also very decisive for the long lasting appearance of the staircase.
Open staircases can be fitted with Bamboo UltraDensity Stair Panels. These panels are made of solidly pressed bamboo with an ultra-high density. A large amount of crushed bamboo strips are compressed into a board with an unprecedented hardness. Tests and certification by the French construction institute FCBA show that Bamboo UltraDensity has better properties than any other renewable material, such as wood. Thanks to extensive certification, Bamboo UltraDensity can be placed in the most intensively used public areas, such as railway stations.
Closed stairs can be finished with a bamboo material of your choice. In many cases, the bamboo floor used in the building is also used in the staircase. The bamboo floor on the staircase needs to be completely glued, which makes Bamboo Supreme (2-layer) very suitable for stair finishing. MOSO® offers several stair noses in the accessory range to install and finish a sustainable staircase with a bamboo floor.
Grandstand stairs are a form of staircase that also double as a seating area. This form of staircase has been gaining popularity recently, especially in public buildings, such as schools. Finishing the stairs with a bamboo flooring makes it durable and natural and this can be executed in various colours and styles.
For every staircase, MOSO® offers CO2 neutral, durable bamboo products that offer an ideal alternative to less ecologically sustainable materials. An official life cycle analysis (LCA), conducted by TU Delft according to ISO 14040/44, proves that MOSO solid bamboo products are CO2 neutral or better over their full product lifecycle. Thanks to this analysis, MOSO® bamboo staircases can be used to obtain additional credits for sustainable building certification such as LEED and BREEAM.
Within the MOSO® reference projects there are numerous examples of bamboo staircases, varying from flooring that flows seamlessly into stairs to striking open staircases with bamboo balustrades. We would like to present a number of recently completed projects:
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