Stairs in porcelain stoneware: beautiful and functional

Stairs in porcelain stoneware: beautiful and functional

In the world of architecture and design, choosing the right materials can really make a difference. Stairs and steps are important functional and aesthetic elements in any setting, so they require especially close attention. Attractive, durable and practical, porcelain stoneware is an excellent solution. This versatile material not only offers a wide range of style options, but also guarantees impressive resistance and easy maintenance, making it ideal for retail environments and homes, both indoors and outdoors. Let’s take a look at the reasons to choose porcelain stoneware for stairs, the various types available, and some design ideas for both indoor and outdoor stairs.

Scale moderne in gres porcellanato effetto cemento bianco con illuminazione a LED, in una casa di design contemporaneo.
Noord White
noord white

Reasons to choose porcelain stoneware for stairs

Porcelain stoneware is exceptionally versatile and resistant, making it ideal for stairs and steps in a variety of settings. Renowned for its impressive duration and resistance, it is able to stand up to everyday wear and tear, impact and scratches. It has a water absorption coefficient of less than 0.5%, which gives it excellent resistance to stains and frost: an essential quality for stairs exposed to the elements. In addition, it can be treated with anti-slip finishes, significantly reducing the risk of slipping and falls, which is particularly important for stairs outdoors. 

As well as being particularly robust, porcelain stoneware is widely appreciated for its ability to replicate the appearance of natural materials such as wood, stone, marble, resin, concrete and metal. This variety of effects allows for the creation of unique, custom designs that adapt effortlessly to any architectural style. A further significant advantage is the easy maintenance: the non-porous surface of porcelain stoneware makes it simple and quick to clean, preventing stains from penetrating below the surface and offering excellent resistance to even the harshest chemicals. Compared to the materials it mimics, porcelain stoneware is just as attractive, and is also much more practical and resistant, making it an ideal solution for stairs that are both durable and aesthetically appealing.

Scale a chiocciola in gres porcellanato effetto cemento grigio della collezione Noord, con ringhiera in acciaio.
Noord Grey
noord grey
Scale con profilo in gres porcellanato effetto pietra della collezione Percorsi Frame, con finitura naturale.
Percorsi Frame Cosmic Black
Percorsi Frame cosmic black

Different types of stairs

When it comes to designing and covering stairs with porcelain stoneware, it’s important to  consider the various different types and which are the most appropriate in terms of both appearance and functional requirements. Below are some of the main types of stairs:

Roman-style stairs

In this type of stairs, the riser is positioned first and the tread is laid over it, creating a thick, sturdy anterior edge. This method is often finished with a bullnose or half-bullnose profile, giving the stairs a solid, traditional appearance.

Profiled stairs

Profiled stairs have defined edges that are often finished with metal or PVC inserts to protect the steps and for aesthetic reasons. The profiles can be rounded, sharp or customised to improve safety and help prevent slipping. This type of stairs is common in retail or industrial settings, where resistance and safety are particularly important.

Scale in gres porcellanato effetto marmo lucido della collezione Interno 4, versione Breccia Tortona.
Interno 4 Breccia Tortona
Interno4 breccia tortona

Bullnose stairs

Bullnose stairs have rounded, “bullnose” edges. These edges can be half-bullnose (partially rounded) or full-bullnose (completely rounded), offering a variety of aesthetic and functional options. This type of stair is popular for its classic, elegant appearance, and is especially suitable for residential settings.

"L" shaped stairs

L-shaped stairs feature a right angle between the riser and the tread, for a clean, modern look, often used to create a monolith effect in which the tiles cut at a 45-degree angle meet perfectly at the corners. This type of stair is ideal for contemporary, minimalist settings, offering a popular, pleasantly seamless look. 

Scale in gres porcellanato effetto cemento grigio della collezione Icon, con illuminazione integrata.
Ikon Grey
ikon grey
Scale in gres porcellanato effetto resina beige della collezione Elements Design, con finitura opaca.
Elements Design Beige
Elements Design Beige
Scale in gres porcellanato effetto pietra della collezione Dolmix, con finitura naturale.
Dolmix Grey
dolmix grey

Modern covering materials for indoor stairs

Porcelain stoneware offers multiple practical and attractive options for indoor stairs. A particularly popular choice are wood-effect tiles, which offer all the warmth and elegance of natural wood, combined with the resistance and low maintenance typical of stoneware. Available in several shades, this effect is suitable for country, modern and classic styles. For a sophisticated, natural ambience, stone-effect porcelain stoneware stairs are ideal, for their ability to faithfully mimic materials such as slate, granite or travertine.

Marble-effect stoneware steps are another striking choice to create a luxurious, sophisticated look. For a more modern design, the perfect option is the concrete effect, with its clean lines and sleek style. In addition to the effects that can be created, the use of large porcelain stoneware slabs enables the creation of seamless surfaces, without visible joints, while listel tiles can be used to add unique, decorative details, creating colour and texture contrasts between the tread and the riser.

Scale esterne in gres porcellanato effetto pietra di Combe della collezione Percorsi Extra, con finitura strutturata.
Percorsi Extra Pietra di Combe
Percorsi Extra Pietra di Combe
Scale in gres porcellanato della collezione Moov, colore Moka, con finitura opaca.
Moov Moka
moov moka
Scale esterne con profilo in gres porcellanato effetto pietra di Vals della collezione Percorsi Extra, in un'area relax.
Percorsi Extra Pietra di Vals
Percorsi Extra Pietra di Vals

Porcelain stoneware tiles: the ideal option for your outdoor stairs

Porcelain stoneware is also an excellent choice for outdoor stairs, thanks to its extraordinary technical properties and the variety of finishes available. This material boasts impressive resistance to rain, frost and UV rays, ensuring that the stairs remain functional and attractive over the years. One of the best finishes for outdoor stairs is the textured R11 finish, which has excellent slip resistance and guarantees stability and safety, reducing the risk of slipping even when the stairs are wet.

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