Travel Area - Using Stairway
The travel area on a stairway is the path that users follow to go up and down the stairs. The picture below provides you with an excellent example of the travel area for this particular set of stairs. If you walk down a set of stairs, you're walking down the main travel area for that particular stairway.
What's The Purpose Of A Travel Area?
The travel area is the basic path used by people in buildings. There are
low traffic areas like your living room, garage, bedrooms and closets.
There are moderate traffic areas like your bathrooms and kitchens and
high-traffic areas like your hallways and stairs.
Still, what's the big deal and why do we need to learn about a home or buildings travel area. If you are planning on installing a certain type of flooring, the travel area is going to be something you need to seriously think about.
I've seen hallways and stairs that were carpeted and literally looked like crap, within a short period of time, because of the amount of traffic, in these areas. I've actually seen paths worn into the carpeting.
If you understand the high-traffic travel areas in your home, you can usually compensate for them, by installing a higher quality of flooring or one that's more durable. It's not uncommon to find wood finished stairs and tiled hallways, instead of carpeting.
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