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Tech Talk-Stairs

Tech Talk-Stairs

Today we are talking all things stairs. There are many industry words surrounding stairs, stringers, risers, treads, and landings to name a few. Lets dissect…..

When building stairs, keep in mind, there are legal requirements for the tread width, the riser height, landing requirements, and you should talk to your builder or industry professional before undertaking this as a DIY project.


Steel Stringers {Image Source}


Wood Stringers {Image Source}

Stringers are the base for the stairs. These are the pieces that run on the angle and support the treads. They can be made of steel or timber, and can be manufactured onsite by a carpenter or in the factory by a steel or timber manufacturer.


Risers as shown above {Image Source}


Risers are the distance between the top of one tread and the top of the next tread above. There can either be no risers at all or a timber riser in an internal staircase.


Stair Treads {Image Source}

Treads are the section of the stair that you stand on. They can be made of timber, steel, concrete, or aluminium. There are a certain amount of treads you are allowed in one flight of stairs before you have to have a landing. There is a minimum width of 250mm on a tread.


Stair Landing {Image Source}

Landings are the platform for a rest area in a flight of stairs. They are important for a change of direction, or when exceed the maximum amount of treads in one flight.

There you have it, you now know everything there is to know about stairs.

Do you have any questions? Is there anything else you would like to know?

Nicole xxx


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