Integrated or mounted stair tread profile

The two most common forms of a stair tread profile are short tread strips attached to the tread edge and L-shaped tiers with larger or smaller tines. In addition to the basic attachment of the stairs, they serve as slip protection and wear protection for the front edges of the treads.

Materials and leg lengths

Decisive for the use of a stair tread profile is the existing covering. While steel and stone stairwells are usually constructed without separate profiles, each staircase made of wood, laminate or plastic is normally profiled. Usual materials for mounted stair profile strips are aluminum, plastic and rubber.

An L-shaped staircase profile adds the materials that make up the steps. Typical are wood and laminate, but also wood materials are often used. Depending on the length of the leg, the profiles only cover the corners or serve as complete staircases with entrance or front edge trim.

Anti-slip and calculation

The most common forms for a stair tread that covers only the leading edge and primarily serves as slip protection can form a "step nose" through a hollow body substructure. Thus, after setting up a stair undercutting, without the risers to move.

If the installation of an additional stair tread profile is planned, the required tread surface must be calculated according to the stair formula. Only the open, not covered by the profile nose tread surface counts as a performance area.

Usual profile forms

  • Fluted aluminum surface with hollow body substructure
  • Rubber strips for insertion into the stepped joint at the front edge
  • Plastic angle with narrow step support
  • Plastic, wood or laminate angles as complete tread support

It is important for a stair tread profile that the height difference to the rest of the appearance remains as low as possible. Otherwise, tripping hazards arise when using down. For this reason, many models, especially those made of aluminum, have sloping profile thicknesses that form an order of only about one millimeter at the transition to the rest of the staircase.

Additional and incorporated profile shapes

The attachment of a stair tread profile is done in most cases by gluing or screwing. Depending on the type of attachment of the material from which the stairs are made. For stair coverings that are applied to a solid substructure, the stair tread profile simultaneously fulfills the task of closing the gap between the footstep and the riser at the front edge.

In addition to the subsequently mounted stair tread profile, it is also possible to incorporate a tread into the existing tiling. The most typical examples are milled transverse grooves in steps made of stone or wood across the entire width of the steps.

To secure a staircase with the help of a profile, other coatings are also possible. Non-slip stair tiles with raised front edge and textile overlays are typical examples.

Tips & Tricks

If you plan your staircase, you can always design two versions for securing and / or attaching: with and without profile. The following tips for the staircase cover help you further.

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