The exposed soffit is a common and low cost alternative but one that nevertheless requires attention to detailing. Things like the treatment of exposed welds and the placement and finishing of fire pipes are just some of the details to be considered with this option.
The exposed soffit is favoured in designs that tend towards a contemporary/ industrial aesthetic.
A common and cost effective option of neatly finishing the underside of stairs, with the ability to finish in a vast range of colours and textures.
A high quality finish option. Using a base substrate of MDF or other furniture grade board, the soffit panels are then finished in a kitchen quality 2 pac polyurethane in any flat or metallic colour.
Lends a distinctive and top end look to the stair.
Aluminium composite soffit (Alucobond, Vitrabond, Alpolic etc)
Used in place of a timber substrate the aluminium composite panel has the advantage that it is already pre-finished in a vast range of colours, textures and even metal types, or can be sprayed as required. A further advantage is that it is able to be easily twisted and manipulated if required, as in the case of this curved stair.
A cost effective soffit option that can utilise any of the common brand names
FC (Cement sheet) soffit
Typically used to complement either the use of FC sheet elsewhere in the project or a flooring option such as concrete look tiles or polished concrete. The FC sheet would typically be clear coated either prior to or during installation.
Timber veneer soffit
A higher end finish, veneer board is often incorporated to match the tread selection or other finishes. Typically clear coated, this option has a wide range of timber species and coating options that can be explored for that unique finish.
Timber slatted soffit
A unique and acoustically superior alternative if installed correctly, the solid timber slat lends a warmth of its own. Milled from solid hardwood, generally to match the treads, the slatted soffit offers a wide range of options to the designer from the species of timber to the size of the slat and to the finishing of the slat.