What Type of Treads Should I Use For My Stair Framing?

There are two types of treads commonly used in the construction industry today for building stairs and they are plywood and oriented strand board. Oriented strand board is often referred to as OSB, by framing carpenters.

The picture above provide you with a stairway that used plywood for its treads and risers.

The picture above provides you with a stairway that used oriented strand board for its treads and risers. The main reason home builders changed from oriented strand board to plywood, has more to do with lower prices than anything else.

Some city building officials, engineers and building designers have been requesting the use of plywood, instead of OSB, for a variety of different reasons. My personal preference is plywood, but OSB gets the job done.

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