Updating Old Stairways With New Rubber Stair Treads

Property owners can avoid or minimize the risk of accidents on old stairways by installing new stair treads. These products are usually used in places where stairs are heavily trafficked, susceptible to moisture/debris accumulation, have fallen into disrepair, or are otherwise slick and dangerous to use.

Companies and industrial facilities are smart to consider using rubber stair treads when either building or renovating as well, as doing so can proactively provide additional safety features. A majority of stairway-related accidents occur along the vertical stepping area of the staircase (as opposed to landing areas), therefore it is very important to have some safety measures in order to prevent such accidents from happening. Although accidents can still occur or are not totally preventable, the number of accidents can be greatly reduced with the help of installing products like treads, handrails, and highly visible signage.

Very worn out stairs or old stairs are usually prone to slip because the traction or grip needed has already faded over time. New rubber stair treads are really necessary for the old stairways in order to ensure safety of the people using the stairs especially for the elders and the children. Not only old stairways needs the rubber treads but also the stairs that are frequently used daily or experience heavy traffic regularly. Stairs that are near the entry ways are also candidates for rubber stair treads because unwanted debris or dirt may accumulate, making the staircase dangerous to use.

Proper Installation Procedures

  • In the installation of new rubber stair treads, choosing the right adhesive is very important. The adhesive used can determine the sturdiness, resiliency and efficiency over time of the rubber treads.
  • Temperature is also a factor during the installation of the rubber treads. The recommended minimum temperature during application of adhesive and installation of stair treads is 70 degrees Fahrenheit. 70F is around the normal room temperature.
  • It is also important to watch out for uneven surfaces or edges when installing the rubber stair treads. Failure to notice the lose spaces when installing may result to the shifting of stair treads when stepped on. The shifting of the treads may cause it to loosen over time and could be very dangerous.
  • The steps on the stairs must be clean before installing the treads. Make sure that it is free of adhesive, dirt, oil, varnish, rust and other unwanted elements because they may result in a poor installation of rubber stair treads.
  • Apply the right amount of adhesive when installing and make sure to flatten the surface of rubber stair tread.
  • Lastly, remove any excess adhesive during installation and let the adhesive dry to make your new rubber stair tread stable and durable.

Installing rubber treads in the stairs can provide traction and grip when stepped on which in return reduces the risk for slips and falls. These rubber stair treads are not only for safety purposes. It is also important in the beautification of your home. You can choose the right pattern, color and design in order to fit the theme or design of your house. Rubber treads are developed for safety purposes, but building designers today sought this product because it can serve a dual purpose. The item can provide safety as well as style for newly constructed buildings.

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