Falling down stairs is one of the most frequently reported accidents that happen in and outside of the home. Injuries resulting from slips and falls often occur when people walk on slick stairway surfaces with no skid resistance or due to impaired vision. In many cases, these types of accidents are preventable. The solution to this common safety hazard was the invention of stair treads. The biggest advantage of buying vinyl stair treads to other like products is that they are usually cheaper.
Vinyl stair treads can improve the appearance and lengthen the life of your stairs while providing plenty of traction while walking up or down your steps safely. They can be installed over existing engineered materials, oriented strand board or plywood with nails,tacks or industrial glues. You can find vinyl treads at many local retailers as well as popular online marketplaces that sell them for under four to over twenty dollars a piece. They are relatively easy to install and come in different thicknesses depending on the level of traffic your stairways have on a daily basis, with some styles even featuring an overlapping lip and adjustable nose to conform to your stairway’s specific measurements to provide better sole-to-surface contact.
What Can Be Done for Slippery Vinyl Stair Treads?
Some styles of vinyl treads do not possess adequate ribbing to make them skid-retardant and can easily become a safety hazard especially when wet. If this describes the kind of treads you have, you can order grit strips or ribbed inserts to add traction to them. Depending on the level of traffic and particular environment where a flight of stairs may be located, you may consider ordering industrial treads for heavy duty protection against scuffing, chipping, cracking, fading, stains, soils or damage caused by many common chemical substances.
The most common colors that vinyl treads come in are brown and black, but you can also find them in other colors too or even clear if you want to place them on top of runners or carpeted stairs. The main thing to remember when applying stair treads on your steps is making sure that they are installed properly to prevent them from lifting. If you prefer not to use nails or tacks, all you will need is a tape measure and stair tread adhesive to secure them.
The following helpful tips can make your vinyl stair tread installation a much easier process:
1 ) Measure each stair by its width and the depth before buying vinyl treads as their could be an irregularity with the dimensions with some of them. If your stairs have a ledge or nose calculate this in your measurement so that there will be extra material to cover the entire stair.
2) Center and mark stair treads on both sides while they are on your steps before you apply the adhesive. Once this is done, apply your adhesive and then carefully realign stair treads with your previous markings and allow to dry according to your manufacture’s instructions.
Installing Vinyl Stair Treads