Stairways - BS8214: What all installers need to know

BS8214: What all installers need to know

One of the industry hot topics at the moment, and one of the main focuses of building inspectors, is the installation of fire-rated doors and door sets, especially the gap sealing between door frames and partitions. Recent events have highlighted the unacceptable methods and workmanship in some installations and have created industry-wide concern. It is…

Partnering key to efficient production in 2021

Tight timber supply conditions pose both challenges – and significant opportunities – for the year ahead, Stairways Midlands bosses are predicting. Throughout 2020, the raw material supply chain has been beset by new hurdles, most significantly those coming as a result of pandemic-related issues and sea-changes in market dynamics. Stairways Midlands director Neil Stevens believes…

Stairways - "The only way is up"

“The only way is up”

“The only way is up” say Stairways directors Stairways Midlands directors Karen Wood and Neil Stevens are looking to 2021 with optimism after a difficult year – but one that has seen the business bounce back in the wake of the nationwide lockdown. As with so many companies across the UK, the company was forced…

Stairways Door sets vs traditionally hanging doors

Door sets vs traditionally hanging doors

When it comes to choosing the doors for a project, there are many things to consider – from materials and ironmongery to finish and fire resistance. There’s also the question of whether to use door sets or traditionally-hanging doors; across the industry, more and more specifiers are seeing the benefits of door sets and choosing…

Stairways Driving up industry standards for the future

Driving up industry standards for the future

A ground-breaking new apprenticeship standard in the woodworking industry has been pioneered by Stairways Midlands. The company was a “trailblazer” organisation which played a lead role in establishing Wood Products Manufacturing Operative Apprenticeship (WPMO) aimed at modernising training in the sector and properly equipping those coming into it with the skills they need to thrive…

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Fire compliance

How to achieve fire-compliant doors (that also look good) when standards are changing It seems like fire regulations and standards are evolving at a head-spinning pace these days – and this is certainly the case for fire doors. Following the terrible events at Grenfell Tower last June, and the ongoing investigations, it has become clear…

Stairways fire and smoke door

Fire Certification

Understanding fire door certification Fire certification of doors is currently a hot topic. Understanding how the certification process works is important when requesting evidence of fire performance for your doors. It’s something we hear all the time: “Can I have a copy of your fire certification, please?” but what does this mean? In fact, there…