You walk up and down stairs all the time, but have you thought about the parts that make up basic stairs? Most people don’t think about it until they go to tackle a home improvement project, such as adding stairs to a deck or remodeling indoors. The treads and risers are two of the main parts of every set of stairs. Understanding the difference and how they work together is important when building stairs.
A stair tread is the horizontal portion of a set of stairs on which a person walks. The tread can be composed of wood, metal, plastic, or other materials. In residential settings, treads can be covered in carpeting. Stair treads can come in non-slip varieties, particularly in commercial or industrial locations.