How Laser Cut Metal Screens Can Transform Your Space

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Learn how our laser cut metal screens can transform your home or business whilst adding privacy…

Design your bespoke laser cut metal screens with Canal Architectural today, we design, manufacture and install our private and decorative screens from a huge back catalogue of metals and finishes including aluminium, stainless steel, mild steel and more. Our decorative metal screens are perfect for your business or home, whether it be at your restaurants or family garden, our screens can also be supplied with fittings & framings and can integrate company logos, or a artistic pattern style you have seen elsewhere.

Send us an email today to start the process of your transformation and learn how laser cut metal screens can give your space a new dynamic. A designated consultant will reveal our wide selection of our metals, finishes and previous designs, who will work with you hand in hand. Your bespoke design can also be manufactured by us into balustrades, doors, window shutters, partitions, and art features to create a matching style throughout your exterior and interior.

Benefits of Laser Cut Metalwork

The benefits of laser cutting include the ability to have small intricate details, resulting in eye catching one off designs. Canal will work with you and your architect through your initial design ideas and we will deliver your concept into a reality, to the highest quality. We are able to replicate your style throughout other metalwork in your home or business, all completely bespoke to your personal taste and design.

Bored of bog-standard metal screens that are in every home-ware store?

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Interior or Exterior Metal Screens

Interior Options (dependent on material and finish used):

  • Room Dividers
  • Wall Features
  • Door / Window Shutters
  • Balustrades

Exteriors Options (dependent on material and finish used):

  • External art features
  • Balcony Balustrading
  • Garden Gates
  • Privacy Screens

In addition to laser cut metal screens, Canal also engineer a range of metalwork products including:

See more of our previous decorative screens here…

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Different Styles of Steel Balustrades for your Staircase

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Today, many architects often opt for a steel balustrade option and has become increasingly popular within many architectural projects. Due to its versatile nature, it can be fabricated into a range of modern contemporary designs.

The various techniques that can be used to fabricate steel, combined with the number of different finishes available today, makes steel an in demand material for many home interiors.

In contrast with other materials often found in a home, steel can be finished in an elegant way to complement interior features, or it can be fabricated into a bold, stand out feature, which demands admiration.

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Steel Balustrade Spindles

Balustrade spindles are commonly equal or custom spaced, vertical steel rods, which are installed from the ceiling or under a handrail, and onto a staircase.

The space between each spindle increases the natural flow of light around a staircase, which opens up the home, giving the illusion of a larger interior space.

Spindles can be fabricated from both mild steel and stainless steel. Often stainless steel is the popular choice because it requires minimum maintenance, and is resistant to a vast amount of elements, meaning it will have a long lasting finish.

Stainless steel is available in a number of surface finishes, but its mirror polished finish is usually the popular choice within a home. Its surface can reflect the light, brightening up the home, while adding a sense of luxury onto a staircase.

Alternatively, mild steel can be rolled, twisted, shaped and formed into incredible custom designs.

One method in particular is to have each steel spindle rolled into different curvatures. Each spindle is then placed in different directions to form a complete staircase balustrade, which demonstrates a sense of abstract movement.

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Steel Balustrade Bars

Similarly to the spindles design, flat bar steel can also be fabricated into various designs. This fabrication technique can create custom, art deco inspired, balustrades to suit many modern staircases.

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Once the balustrade has been fabricated, the mild steel finish is often protected by a coating to prevent it deteriorating or rusting, while covering up any manufacturing marks to produce a clean, long lasting finish.

To produce a raw, industrial steel finish, a simple clear patina or wax coating could be applied, which will protect the material from various elements while keeping it close to its original state. This method is a popular choice when combining with a concrete staircase or brass interior features.

More commonly, powder coating the steel provides the same protective layer, but hides all imperfections and is available in a vast range of colours, to suit any interior décor.

There is no right or wrong way to finish a mild steel balustrade, as it is completely up to a person’s design taste. As architectural fashion trends change, so do people’s interior demands.

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Recently in the architectural industry there has been an increase in demand for brass and bronze materials and finishes. One steel finish which is becoming more and more popular for staircases is an antique bronze finish.

Because brass is notoriously hard to maintain, as well as fabricate, people are turning to a new antique bronze finish, which is becoming more and more popular for staircases, balustrades and other architectural structures.

The finish can be achieved in two ways. The mild steel balustrade can be electroplated in an antique bronze colour coating, or for a more premium finish, the mild steel balustrade can be spray coated completely in liquid bronze. Both methods provide an amazing surface finish, one slightly brighter than the other.

In time, I’m sure the architectural fashion trends will change and we will uncover new and exciting ways to design and fabricate staircase balustrade.

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Staircase Lighting Ideas to Brighten Up Your Home

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Staircase lighting can be essential element within a home and is one of the most effective ways to enhance the ambience of a room. Appropriately installed, lighting can also create the illusion of space and therefore shouldn’t be an aspect that is overlooked, but embraced.

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The right design and style of lighting can transform your stairway combining functionality with style. A staircase can be a key focal point within a home. The right choice of lighting can enhance your staircase giving it the spotlight it deserves.

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Staircase Wall Lighting

Installing wall fixtures naturally enhances the visual impact of your staircase. In comparison to a theatre, all your focus is drawn to that one point, because that is where the light is drawing your attention to.

Wall spotlights can emphasise specific architectural details of a staircase. When positioned pointing at the step surface, the dramatic focus of the light can highlight the quality of each tread or the flowing grain of timber stairs.

There are a variety of shapes and sizes available; depending on size of lighting depends on the frequency of placement. It is recommended to install wall fixtures every three steps to avoid any harsh glares, although this depends on the size of the spotlights. Often smaller spotlights are installed every other step or even above every step in a wall.

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An alternative method to wall spotlights is the installation of an LED lighting strip. The most common way to do this is placing it in between the wall and the end of the staircase treads. This method is very effective and energy efficient, creating a continuous glow from the bottom step all the way to the top of your stairway.

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Step & Tread Staircase Lighting

Lighting can be installed into or onto a staircase by utilising the surface of the steps or treads.

A strip of LED lighting can be installed discreetly into a rebated section on the underside of a stair tread, which hides any of the lighting fixtures and creates dramatic glow on the tread below. This versatile lighting method can be adapted to suit both open and closed riser staircase design.

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Alternatively for closed riser stair designs only, spotlights can be installed onto the surface of the riser at equal intervals, which in turn produces the same luminous effect.

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Staircase Lighting within Glass Steps & Treads

A glass staircase design is great for incorporating lighting due to its transparent nature allowing light to flow through the material and around the home.

By using a triple laminated glass tread design, LED Lighting can be incorporated into the bottom layer of glass displaying the effect that the lighting is embedded into each tread. In addition, Italian cracked glass can be used to enhance the lighting and create a glamorous shimmery effect.

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Alternatively, the LED lighting can be installed within the side of a glass staircase, as long as the stringer is opaque so the wiring and fixings can be hidden. By side mounted the LED lighting next to the glass treads, this allows the light to project through the glass making the whole tread glow.

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Feature Lighting & Chandeliers

Bespoke feature lighting is great way to brighten up your staircase as well as the entire room, without worrying about it affecting the staircase design. A feature lighting or central chandelier can also be installed as an artistic statement or to simply complement the surrounding décor within a home.

Often a helical or curved staircase blocks out natural light due to their size and structure. In addition, the use of solid materials on a staircase instead of glass can impede on the flow of light within a home making the atmosphere rather dim.

To make up for the lack of light, a hanging pendant or cluster lighting feature is a popular choice. Its flexible designs allows a person to stagger each light piece at the desired length, creating a cascading effect and improving the lighting within a staircase’s radius.

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How to Create Space with Your Staircase

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A space saving staircase doesn’t just have to be about functionality – it can about design too. The right design can completely change the way you view your home.

The conventional staircase fabricated from timber and covered in carpet is a common design often found in residential homes, despite the fact it consumes a lot of light and space. By limiting the light flow within your home, conventional stairs create the illusion of a smaller spaces.

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Often in property design a staircase is overlooked. Many do not realise the impact a well-designed staircase can have on the interior of a property.

A staircase shouldn’t be something you feel stuck with; today there are a variety of designs and styles that can modernise and open up your home.

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Create a Space Saving Staircase with Light: Open Riser Staircase Design

An open riser staircase design is the first step towards creating the illusion of more space. In particular, a cantilever staircase design, also known as a floating staircase, can drastically open up your home with its open riser pattern and contemporary design options.

The space between each step, which is anchored into the structure of the wall, is deep enough to allow light to flow throughout the staircase but small enough to meet the necessary building regulations.

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In comparison to a straight conventional staircase, the open riser design creates a spacious feeling within the home, where as a closed riser design would block out any light travelling from one side of the stair to the other.

Combining the open space with the right materials to match your interior décor takes your staircase design to the next level. The use of glass for a frameless balustrade or even the steps themselves, adds a contemporary elegance to your home and dramatically increases the flow of natural and unnatural light.

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Creating Floor Space with A Space Saving Spiral Staircase

A space saving spiral staircase can increase the amount of floor space compared to a straight or helical staircase.

Often there are limited places to install a conventional staircase within a home due to the amount of space it requires. Therefore we usually find them by the entrance or in the hallway of a property.

Spiral stairs have the versatility to fit into most rooms within a home due to their compact radius and functional central column structure.

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Not only can a spiral staircase be visually compelling but it can also add a sense of mystery in your home. We often relate a spiral staircase with a secret passageway, dungeon or access way to a tower in a castle.

Taking this idea of mystery and putting it within a home evokes the feeling of curiosity. By not visually seeing what the stair is leading to until climbed, creates an intrinsic feeling that takes us back to our childhood.

In addition, the choice of materials for a spiral staircase can enhance an interior by complementing certain building features or by being the focal feature itself. Some of the materials a spiral stair can be fabricated from are;

  •  Glass
  • Stainless Steel
  • Mild Steel
  • Timber
  • Leather

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If you need help creating space with your staircase or if you have any bespoke requirements you would like to discuss, contact the Canal Architectural Team on 0115 986 6321 or email them at canal@canalengineering.co.uk.

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The Art of Stairs | The Cantilever ‘Floating’ Staircase Design

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Over recent years, one staircase design has emerged and grown rapidly in popularity among architects, designers, developers and home owners, which provides a spectacular architectural art form; The Cantilever Staircase Design.

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Architectural engineering and intelligent design can both integrate into a property, and transform architecture into art.

It is becoming increasingly common for people to play an active role in designing different aspects of their home by integrating their own personality and character into the furnishings and décor.

One of the main components within a property that often gets overlooked, but when given attention can transform even the most standard of homes into one to be desired, is the staircase.

With limitless design possibilities and material choices, the staircase is now a highly regarded feature, which requires the time, effort and admiration of the architectural world.

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Staircase Design Concept

The term cantilever might sound elaborate, but it is merely describing the construction of the staircase design.

A cantilever is a beam anchored at only one end allowing the protruding construction to overhang without any external bracing or support.

Most commonly found within buildings, bridges and aircrafts, the simplistic cantilever design has been transferred into staircase design to create an array of different overhanging treads or steps.

The transformation from a standard staircase into one that needs no support underneath or in between creates a vision of open space, which demonstrates the unique floating appearance that is extremely aesthetically pleasing.

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Cantilever Staircase Construction

The floating cantilever staircase design is incredibly reliant on its structure.

Due to the nature of the design, it is imperative that the walling it is connected to is strong and reliable enough to take the load. Therefore the construction and installation method is dedicated by the wall in question.

Thankfully, there are multiple construction options available to cater for the various wall structures in residential properties across the UK and abroad.

Floating Staircase Design Styles

The stair design and its structurally sound construction is not restricted to a common straight flight style as found in most domestic homes.

As long as the structure is considered, the versatility of the cantilever stair can be designed in many styles including;

  • Straight
  • Quarter Turn
  • Half Turn
  • Helical
  • Curved

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Material Choices and Finishes

Along with most architectural projects, the choice of materials for the cantilever staircase are near infinite.

In addition to the main steel construction, choosing materials for your staircase can be broken down into the individual elements which include;

  • Treads or Steps
  • Risers
  • Balustrade
  • Handrail
  • Fixings
  • Nosing Strips
  • Other Bespoke Detailing

One of the most common and contemporary styles used incorporates timber, glass and stainless steel. The use of glass balustrades creates the appearance of space within a home by allowing more light to travel around the stair and throughout the property.

Solid timber box treads are installed over the steel structure, which is often matched to the existing floor within the property, while the subtle appearance of stainless steel for the handrail complements most interior décor.

Material choices are subject to norms, similarly to the ever changing fashion trends in architecture.

Recently, there has been a sudden rise in demand for raw material finishes such as steel and concrete. To complement these materials, people are combining them with handrails made from coloured leathers or animal skin effect leathers to create a bold statement.

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Long Lasting Staircase Performance

Achieving the correct performance of this particular staircase design is about more than its aesthetics.

With various technical components and design elements to consider, it is imperative that specifiers select the right manufacturer, supplier and installer with the necessary experience and expertise.

It is invaluable to complete a staircase project successfully and to a high standard, as in time this will determine its performance, durability and overall appearance.

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Free Cantilever Staircase Design Masterclass Presentation

For a further understand of the cantilever staircase design and its various installation methods, please contact the Canal Team and ask about their cantilever staircase masterclass:

Email: canal@canalengineering.co.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 115 986 6321

To see a full size installation of a cantilever staircase design, Canal have one installed in their London Showroom, which boasts solid timber treads, glass balustrade and a satin polished, stainless steel handrail; a popular choice within domestic homes.

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