Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Treads And Risers

Treads and risers are the horizontal and vertical components used to create each individual stair step. Treads and risers can be made out of concrete, wood, stone, rock, tile and a wide variety of other building materials.


Stair Treads And Risers Installation Tips

1. The first thing we need to consider, would be the size of the stair treads and risers. If they're too long, skinny, wide, small or high, they could create problems, for the stairway user. The most common stair tread size today is 10 inches with a 1 inch nosing, giving it a grand total of 11 inches. The average riser height are between 6 3/4 and 7 3/4".

2. This is probably the most important tip I could give anyone, when it comes to building a set of stairs. Make sure that your treads and risers are securely fastened to the stair stringers. Loose treads and risers will create safety hazards.

3. Make sure that the stair steps aren't smooth and if they are, make sure that you apply some type of skid resistant material, otherwise you could end up with an unsafe stairway. The last thing you want to have is someone slip and fall down your new staircase.


What Is A Stair Riser?

It's the vertical distance between the stair treads or between each stair step.


What Is A Stair Tread?

It's the area that you will be standing on, while walking up and down the stairway. In other words, it's just another word used by construction professionals, instead of step.


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