Category Construction Term Glossary
- Stair Railings
- Banister, railing or handrail - The angled member for hand holding, as
distinguished from the vertical balusters which hold it up for stairs that are open
on one side; there is often a railing on both sides, sometimes only on one side or
not at all, on wide staircases there is sometimes also one in the middle, or even
- Stair Parts
- Tread - The part of the stairway that is stepped on. It is constructed to the same
specifications (thickness) as any other flooring. The tread "width" is measured
from the outer edge of the step to the vertical "riser" between steps.
- Stair Calculation
- The rise height of each step is measured from the top of one tread to the next.
It is not the physical height of the riser; the latter excludes the thickness of the