Archive: May 2019

What Are Stair Treads

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The stair tread is the part of the staircase that your foot makes contact with when ascending or descending. They can be made from numerous materials including wood, metal, glass and masonry. These, in combination with the riser, stringer and railings, form a staircase.

stair-treadsSince each step up or down changes the level of your feet, there is a higher risk of slipping or falling while ascending a staircase versus walking on level flooring. Steps that are made from smooth materials increase this probability, therefore, nosings are often required in local building codes to prevent unfortunate accidents.

As steps become worn, they can be renovated with non-slip treads. These covers have a high coefficient of friction for safety and give the steps a renovated, refreshed look. Our products can cover the front 3 inches of the stair up to the full depth of 11 inches or more.

The picture to the right shows a staircase with wood stair treads that include nonslip stair nosings that are flush with the stair. These nosings typically cover the front 2” to 4” of the stair tread. The wood was routered out to allow the nosings to sit flush with the stair tread.

Renovating Existing Staircases

There are several options available when renovating a set of stairs. Non slip stair treads and anti slip paint are two great examples. Coatings are easily applied and provide a uniform finish. They will need to be reapplied every 2 to 5 years depending on foot traffic and environmental conditions.

Although the installation of stair treads is more involved than that of coatings, Amstep’s tread products last many years or even decades.

In the end, each stair owner must decide which option best fits their foot traffic, environmental conditions and budget.

Feel free to contact us for options.

Indoor Vs. Outdoor Stair Treads

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Non slip stair treads are a highly practical solution for increasing safety when it comes to your indoor or outdoor staircase. They provide you with the ability to improve traction on the surface, along with reinforcing the structural integrity of your indoor or outdoor stairs. They are used to minimize wear on the underlying stair tread and can add many years to your old staircase with proper installation.

indoor-outdoor-stair-treadsIt is important to be conscious of the material and design of your existing stairs when considering treads. All of Amstep Products treads work both indoor and outdoor but color, design and costs will play a factor in your decision of which option is the right one. You should check building codes for your local requirements also.

Stairways are a very dangerous place if they become old and slippery. The chance of a slip or fall increases along with your liability for these accidents. Preventive measures today can pay tremendous dividends down the road.

Choosing the Stair Tread Material

Depending on whether the staircase that you are installing or renovating is indoors or outdoors, there are different kinds of stair treads. Each has its’ strong suits. Aluminum treads have the combination of durability and flexibility that make them a great option indoors or outdoors.

Vinyl (Indoor Usage)

Vinyl is a very low expenditure material. These can come in various designs and with many components, and while they can be installed outdoors, they will very easily be damaged by harsh weather conditions and climatic changes. This is probably why vinyl is mostly used indoors and offers a viable option for people on a budget. Vinyl tread covers have a much shorter lifespan than their aluminum counterparts. When it comes to outdoor staircases, you will need a material that is considerably stronger and much more durable since they will be exposed to harsher conditions.

Aluminum (Indoor and Outdoor Usage)

Improving the safety conditions for any staircases placed indoors and outdoors is crucial if you want to prevent any bone-breaking accidents. Outdoor stairs will require sturdier materials that are highly durable when exposed to elements like rain, sunlight and snow. In improving the safety of the outdoor staircase in question, aluminum is the best material at your disposal. Aluminum is very long-lasting and offers an anti-slip protective surface.

Aluminum stair tread installations have lasted decades when installed and maintained properly. The attractive variety of designs features a highly exclusive safety traction surface that consists of abrasive particles that help in enhancing grip and stability. The advantage on indoor or outdoor stairs is the durability and high coefficient of friction from the non-slip surface of the aluminum treads.

Anti-Slip Paint for Stairs & Floors

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Falls involving stairs cause a number of injuries every year. Sprains, broken limbs, and more serious injuries have all been reported after incidents involving stairs. In order to make stairs safer for everyone, building operators utilize a range of options, and the best one will depend both on the application itself and the budget needed to conduct the work. One of the most cost-effective ways to create a safe stairwell is to use anti-slip paint.

What Benefits Does it Offer?

As with regular paint, this coating is suitable for use on a wide range of material. With the help of grit mixed into the paint, stairs are equipped with much better grip to prevent slipping. This type of paint is suitable for various environments, such as locker rooms, factory floors, and loading docks. Like regular paint, non-slip coating is available in a wide range of colors to meet the needs of any application, including visibility requirements.

Non-slip coating is also easily applicable to many different types of environments, and does not require any heavy construction or renovation work. In order to install concrete stair nosings, stairs may need to be shut down for a period of time while the work is being completed. It can also involve a number of people, which raises the cost of the work.

With a non-slip coating, the number of workers required is reduced, and stairs only need to be closed while the paint dries. When the paint becomes worn down, simply repainting the affected area is enough to return it to full functionality. Additionally, non-slip coating can be found in many places, including convenient outlets such as hardware stores.

Safety and Flexibility

Non-slip coating’s durability allows for its employment in areas that experience high volumes of foot traffic, as well as light traffic with rubber wheels. The increased grip in your stairwells make it a safer place for everyone to use, and the ability to apply it to many different surfaces makes it a flexible alternative to prefabricated nosings.

To find out how Amstep’s non-slip coating can help make your stairs safer, please contact us today.

Advantages Of Using Stair Treads

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They say, “What goes up must come down”. In the case of stairs, coming down is the much riskier proposition. While trips and falls occur going up the stairs, they tend to be more minor in nature. Trips and slips going downstairs lead to much more dangerous falls which can lead to a significant injury and liability. That’s where safety stair treads and stair nosings give you a big advantage.

Non-slip stair treads are used to cover existing steps for added safety, and a variety of materials are used for this purpose. The main idea behind adding them is improving the stability and the grip of each step while providing an additional amount of traction. They are extremely effective at reducing the risk of slipping or falling on a staircase.

Whether you are in the process of refurbishing, building or designing a new commercial, industrial or residential building, treads and nosings are great options for stair safety.

Extending the Life of Your Staircase

Stair treads aren’t only great at improving safety, but they also protect the stairs from the daily traffic. They minimize the scuffs, scratches and stains that mar the surface. They take the brunt of the wear and tear and prolong the lifespan of your stairs, therefore, minimizing your maintenance costs. Replacing these tread covers is much less costly than pouring or rebuilding a set of stairs.

Easy to Replace

Even when they have become worn out and damaged, they can easily be replaced with new ones, keeping the surface underneath highly protected. They can also be very helpful in strengthening and protecting the underlying construction. Replacing the renovation treads is relatively easy and does not involve rebuilding the stairs unless they have severely degraded. Installing stair treads over your steps will act as an investment on your property for years to come.

Easy Availiabilty

Amstep’s treads and nosings come in various depths and custom lengths to give a professional fit to your stairs. They’re available in custom sizes and an array colors to match your décor. Available in two tone colors for ADA visibility requirements as well as glow in the dark options, there is an option to fit virtually every need.