I'm looking to replace stai[arts for something a bit more modern and have seen the term 'rake' mentioned. Could someone explain what this means and what consideration it needs for the project?
The rake is the handrail you hold when walking up the stairs and the landing is the flat balustrade ie outside the bedroom door, rakes of a staircase are usual between 32 degrees and 45 degrees although the maximum "rake" of a new staircase is 42 degrees in a house, most online suppliers of stair parts can provide you with a DVD or at least fitting instructions, its not as scary as you may think.
the rake is simply the angle of pitch of the staircase.
the balustrade, or banister, is the name given to the handrail assembly in its entirety, comprising handrail, balusters, newel posts etc whether it be on the landing or running up the stairs. thus you could say it is both vertical and horizontal.
the landing is the floor at the top of the stairs.