Solid Tread - Building Wood Stairs
A solid tread is made from any building materials that create an individual piece that can be used for a stair tread. The picture below provides you with a 2 x 12 solid stair tread. If your stair treads are made from one piece of lumber like a 2 x 12, you've got a solid tread.
Should I Use Solid Treads For My Stairs?
If possible, the answer to this question is yes. There will be times when you need to use two or more pieces of lumber to create a stair tread. If the architect is looking for a particular design that requires multiple pieces, ask for an alternative, especially if you think that the stairs aren't going to be safe.
What Could Happen, If I Don't Use A Solid Stair Tread?
The biggest problem I have with stair treads that aren't solid or created from one piece of lumber are the inconsistencies. I can't tell you how many times I ran across a stairway that was using two 2 x 6's to create one stair tread and one of them was warped, sticking up or creating a trip hazard.
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