If you have never been involved in construction, remodeling, or interior design, chances are you have never heard stairs and rails jargon. We made it easier for you and created a list of components of a stairs and rails system to have a better idea of what you are looking for.
Components of a Stair and Rails System
Here are a few keywords that will help you understand what your contractor is saying, or better yet, allow you to speak with confidence when you ask for a quote.
A tread is the top surface of a stair upon which the foot is placed.
The riser is the vertical face of a step.
The step is the unit of a stair, consisting of a riser and a tread.
The stringers are the inclined boards in which the treads and risers are enclosed.
The handrail is the gripping surface where you hold on to for support. The handrail is molded following the pitch of the staircase and connects to the top of the balustrade.
Newels are a solid rectangular or circular section of a vertical post at the center and at regular turns and junctions of the rail system. Also known as posts, they are the support system of the handrail.
Balusters are a turned, carved, and typically decorative vertical section placed between the handrail and the stair tread or stair stringer used to fill the open area between these two elements. It adds safety, support. And stability to the balustrade.
For a more modern look, balusters can be installed in a horizontal position. Check out our stainless steel balusters in this beautiful railing renovation in this Boca Raton, Florida, home.
The framework is formed by the combination of rail, newels, and balusters.
These are the fixtures added to the sections of a handrail. Used at the beginning and end of a balustrade or wherever the handrail changes height or direction.
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