Material selection can have a dramatic effect on the overall aesthetic of a bespoke staircase. For this reason Canal work with a small number of carefully selected suppliers.
This enables Canal to offer a diverse range of materials in which to finish each project as well as sourcing any materials not currently used, after first ensuring it is safe and practical to do so.
Glass can be incorporated into almost every area of a staircase, creating glass staircases. Glass is often chosen as a balustrade or tread material, allowing a staircase to appear weightless, meanwhile allowing light to flow through a space.
Canal work closely with the UK’s leading suppliers creating bespoke panels specifically for each staircase produced.
Clients can choice from straight or curved glass, laminated and / or toughened and float glass or low iron, offering uncompromised clarity.
Canal work with solid timber in order to create contemporary staircases, which fuse traditional craftsmanship and state-of-the-art production methods.
Timber is often utilized for treads as a way of concealing the steel sub-structure beneath, illustrated by their cantilever staircases. Timber can also be used for handrails, balustrades and even to clad entire staircases to achieve a completely monolithic appearance.
Canal are proud to work with a small selection of the UK’s most prestigious joinery firms in order to achieve a high quality throughout.
A popular choice is American Oak or Walnut, which can be seen on various Canal staircases, however Canal are able to source any type of timber or matching timbers using a process of staining.
Canal always use a mild or stainless steel sub-structure to produce the strength of any bespoke staircase produced, however some clients choose to celebrate this element rather than disguise it by incorporating steel throughout the finish.
Steel can be utilized for larger elements of a staircase such as stringers, treads and balustrades and more commonly for handrails and fixings.
Stainless steel provides a more versatile finish aided by its anti-corrosive properties and various states of polish from satin to mirror polished. However, mild steel has become increasingly popular to achieve a more raw finish.
Mild steel is used extensively in our London Showroom as wall cladding and on the staircases themselves.
For a more luxurious finish, Canal offers a bespoke hand stitching service whereby almost any aspect of a staircase can be clad in fine leather. More commonly, clients opt for leather handrails clad over steel in order to provide a sumptuous, tactile finish.
Canal offer a huge library of leather finishes from more conventional fine grain cow hide to sting ray skin for a more exotic finish.
Brass was a popular choice of material in 2016, which was often found combined with raw materials such as concrete or bare mild steel. Brass is used to finish or clad areas of a staircase, balustrade or a unique metalwork fabrication providing a beautifully raw finish.
Similarly to stainless steel, brass can be specified in a range of finishes from raw patented, satin polished and mirror polished, which can add the final touch to any straight, spiral or helical staircase.