False Tread - Wood Stair Step Finishing
A false tread would be any stair tread that you wouldn't use to walk up and down a stairway. The picture below provides you with an excellent example of what I'm talking about.
The most common use for these types of stair treads
are shown in the picture above. There're use to provide the end of the
stairway with a rich looking architectural design.
False treads are usually cut and shaped by the finish stair carpenter. They can be cut out of a variety of materials, especially if they're going to be painted.
Without these pieces of wood at the bottom of a stair handrailing system, the carpet installer, would have a difficult time, cutting around each individual baluster. Construction problems like these are usually hard to foresee in advance.
Make sure that you spend enough time, designing your stairway, before you ever start to build it. Trust me, I can't tell you how many stairways I've worked on, that required lots of money, to solve the problems after the stairway was built, that could have been eliminated, before building them.
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