Stair Treads vs. Stair Nosing
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Stair Treads vs. Stair Nosing

We’re regularly asked which is the better staircase solution in terms of safety, durability, and aesthetics - Stair Treads or Stair Nosings. The answer is, they both serve different purposes and the decision to use one over the other, will depend on your specific requirements and conditions.

In some cases, both Stair Treads and Stair Nosing may be used together to provide comprehensive safety and protection for an entire staircase.

So, what are the differences and benefits of both options:

  • Stair Treads: Stair Treads extend over the entire step, providing a larger area for foot placement, which enhances both coverage and safety. They are primarily designed to improve traction and reduce the risk of slips and falls by offering a consistent, anti-slip surface across the entire step. Stair Treads are also designed to withstand heavy foot traffic, making them suitable for high-traffic areas such as industrial settings, outdoor stairs, and public buildings. The various colour options available can complement the overall aesthetics of the staircase while maintaining safety.
  • Stair Nosing: Stair Nosings are a cost-effective solution that securely attach to the edges of the steps. Their primary function is to provide an anti-slip surface on the part of the steps where we place our feet the most, enhancing safety by reducing the risk of slips, trips and falls. Additionally, Stair Nosings are an ideal choice for areas where aesthetics play an important role, as they can be customised to blend seamlessly while maximising safety. 

Our Stair Nosings and Stair Treads are manufactured from the highest quality fibreglass, to ensure longevity and maximum protection. They’re also lightweight making them very easy to install with minimum downtime; we can even provide both with predrilled holes to make the installation even quicker! The gritted surface provides excellent traction, which makes them ideal for use on any staircase or steps, whether it be indoors or outdoors, and can be applied to most common substrate surfaces/materials including concrete, metal, or wood.

And the most important part, all of our Stair Nosing and Stair Treads comply with the Equality Act/DDA Regulations and Building Regulations Part M to ensure accessibility and safety for everyone.

Should you have a project that you'd like to discuss in more detail, or any questions about choosing the right product for you, contact the team today.

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