A stair tread is the horizontal section of a step that makes contact with your foot when you climb or descend stairs. Treads get the most wear since this is where your weight is placed with each step. Treads can be made of metal, wood, stone, or even glass.
If treads are made from materials that can be slippery when dry or wet, a non-slip surface may need to be added to reduce the risk of falls. Building codes also require treads to be of a minimum depth and each step must have a maximum height to prevent accidents. Stair treads and risers are typically installed on wood “stringers” which support the stairs and handrails. However, open stairs don’t use risers, and stringers can be replaced with steel beams, cantilevered treads, or even tensioned cables.
TongueandGroove.com offers a wide selection of stair treads. We offer as many as 20 wood choices and treads up to 20 feet long. Tread styles are varied and include:
- Traditional - Flat edge or rounded “bullnose” edge
- Thick treads up to 4” thickness
- Retro treads which are placed over existing ones for DIY projects
- Prefinished treads in natural or custom finishes with a variety of treatments such as wire brushing
- Starter steps in a variety of styles and patterns
- Landings in any size or thickness from our many wood choices
- Winding treads
- Custom orders in any size and thickness using domestic or exotic woods
All of our stair treads are made in the USA from quality kiln-dried woods using edge-glued techniques. Edge gluing is not done to save money -- gluing sections of wood together makes it stronger and less susceptible to cupping or warping over time, particularly in areas of high humidity or traffic.
For more information on our wood stair treads or other fine wood products contact TongueandGroove.com today at 800-689-9006.