When reinforcing damaged stairs do you need to use fire retardant wood ?

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Found 14th Aug 2016
I know it's a daft question but are UK staircases wood fire retardant/treated or is it just normal wood ?

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I would say no but check on you tube.

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Replace like for like is your best opinion. You can never go wrong.

Hardwood is better for obvious reasons unless soaked in petrol.

Contrary to belief hardwood & brick are probably the safest materials in a house... Unlike furnishings & fittings & TVs, curtains etc etc
Edited by: "YouDontWantToKnow" 15th Aug 2016

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YouDontWantToKnow

Replace like for like is your best opinion. You can never go … Replace like for like is your best opinion. You can never go wrong.Hardwood is better for obvious reasons unless soaked in petrol. ;)Contrary to belief hardwood & brick are probably the safest materials in a house... Unlike furnishings & fittings & TVs, curtains etc etc



​I'm not replacing but putting supportive struts made from old fence posts underneath to strengthen it. It's just the 1st four steps which are at a 90 angle to the rest of the stairs. Just cheap builders doing a poor job.

Well if it is currently fire retardant wood then yes,use fire retardant wood. If its old and just pine then no . What's the point! I guess it won't be inspected so you can do what you want, but you need to be sensible about it. All the stairs I have repaired have been pine wood so just used mdf and pine to fix.

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wayners

Well if it is currently fire retardant wood then yes,use fire retardant … Well if it is currently fire retardant wood then yes,use fire retardant wood. If its old and just pine then no . What's the point! I guess it won't be inspected so you can do what you want, but you need to be sensible about it. All the stairs I have repaired have been pine wood so just used mdf and pine to fix.


Yeah I think it's just pine as it's 20 years old but wasn't sure if they sprayed it with a fireproofing agent. I can remember hearing that stairs have to withstand fire for x amount of time but I've no idea if that applies to this case. There's no electrics or heating around this area so there's no reason that a fire would start there.

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kester76

​I'm not replacing but putting supportive struts made from old fence p … ​I'm not replacing but putting supportive struts made from old fence posts underneath to strengthen it. It's just the 1st four steps which are at a 90 angle to the rest of the stairs. Just cheap builders doing a poor job.



You'll be fine mate. Dont worry.
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