If you’re a licensed architect or a professional home builder, I would recommend that you send this article to all your friends or anyone who is interested in advancing their education towards becoming a better home builder.

Advanced stair building tips

Advanced stair building tips and safety advice from a seasoned professional can save you big money in the future. I have personally installed thousands of stairs and I would like to pass on some of what I have learned over the years. Hopefully, this will give you the advantage over those who don’t read this article.

44 cm building rule

Always follow the 44 cm building rule for stair-tread and stair-riser design. To put this in simple layman’s terms, if your stair-tread is 25 cm wide, your stair-riser should be around 19 cm tall. If we add these two numbers together, 25 cm stair-tread plus a 19 cm stair-riser equals 44 cm. This is one of the best rules to follow and provides you with a comfortable stairway to walk up and down.

Correct stairway width is important

Your next stair building tip requires you as the architect to make sure that your stairway isn’t smaller than 91 cm wide (NB: my own preference is for them to ne no smaller than 107 cm wide. The correct width of the stairs can provide advantages and disadvantages in your new home design.

Play it safe with slippery surfaces

Now here’s the last stair building tip – I want you to give this one a lot of thought. If you’re designing a stairway that is going to be finished in wood, tile or any other slippery surface, I would advise you to at least install non-slip protection on each stair-tread. The stairways can become extremely dangerous if your feet are wet or even if you’re wearing socks.

Take note of what I’ve said and you will be able to build safer stairways in the future.

About The Author

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Greg Vanden Berge is working on the internet to promote the education for creating simple to follow guides and home building books to help professional building contractors as well as the weekend warriors. He is currently working on more building stairs help and adding useful content to help solve problems created by the lack of construction knowledge in the building industry.
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