26th October 2019

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How thick does a stair tread need to be?

As you may have noted from the sketches and text above, typically building codes for stairs specify minimum stair tread thickness (1" if supported by a riser at front, or 1 1/2" thick treads if the stairs are open-construction without risers), but they do not specify a maximum allowable tread thickness.

Beside this, what is the minimum stair tread?

The riser shall be measured vertically between leading edges of the adjacent treads. The greatest riser height within any flight of stairs shall not exceed the smallest by more than 3/8 inch (9.5 mm). R311.7.4.2 Tread depth. The minimum tread depth shall be 10 inches (254 mm).

What is the standard depth of a stair tread?

The general rule (in the US) is 7-11 (a 7 inch rise and 11 inch run). More exactly, no more than 7 3/4 inches for the riser (vertical) and a minimum of 10 inches for the tread (horizontal or step). You can find some more information here as well on other stair-related dimensions.

What is the purpose of a stair nosing?

Other than being a necessary part of the structure of a staircase, does stair nosing serve any other purposes? The main purpose of a nosing is to improve the safety of the staircase. As it protrudes a little over the edge of the tread, it provides some extra space for users to place their feet.
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