Durability and safe use of stairs have always been a concern for architects and builders.
The profile of the stairs has existed since the early 20th century.
For example, if you visit the beautiful Plaza de España in the historic city of Seville in Spain, pay attention to the edges of the steps leading to the upper floor where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the palace square. You will notice superb stepped edges that inspired today’s staircase designers in the best way. This superb palace was built in the late 1920s.
There is no doubt that you will notice different edging for steps in different old buildings with overlapping stairs made of stone, ceramic, marble or parquet.
The steps mounted on the edge of the step of stairs covered with ceramic, marble or wood tiles in contemporary buildings and in particular in public ones such as shopping centers, schools, government institutions are subject to intense pedestrian traffic.
Installed on the edge of the ceramic or similar staircase, the aluminum cladding of the stair step is designed to protect the stone, marble or ceramic tile edge on the stairs by preventing chipping and fractures. The use of stairs is safeguarded as the steps of the stairs can become dangerous especially if wet or worn.
Many accidents occur when going down stairs when due attention is not paid. Many of these accidents can cause serious injury.
Various models of aluminum stair profiles are currently suggested for the protection and safe use of stairs covered with concrete, ceramic, marble, stone or wood tiles:
Stair coverings installed directly on the edge of the concrete step.
Inserts for interlocking stairs with or without replaceable pvc insert, designed to accommodate ceramic tiles of various thicknesses. These stair protrusions can only be mounted during the tile, marble or stone installation process; as the lower part of the front edge of the profile should pass under the ceramic tile to ensure a firm grip.
The built-in and resistant ribbed PVC strips, available in various colors (for example black, gray, brown or cream), achieve perfect compatibility with the colors of the ceramic tiles and offer better slip resistance.
Retro fit step edges, with or without replaceable vinyl insert that are mounted after installing tiles, stone or marble.
There are no other important distinctions between the two steps of the stairs, both have the same purposes. Worn steps not only portray an unpleasant appearance, but above all the safe use of stairs is in danger. Consequently, this form of non-slip stair noses is the perfect choice for updating and renewing existing stairs in poor condition and in need of repair. The edges of the worn stairs would have been covered and masked.
The grooves on the upper surface of the stair profile will add a non-slip function which ensures safe use of the stairs. It is highly recommended to use the non-slip step to protect the stair tiles from chipping and to avoid the cost of installing expensive and unnecessary ceramic tiles later on.
An aluminum stair profile mounted on the edge of the wooden staircase would also prove very useful. The edges of the steps of the parquet stairs and laminate floors will be protected from wear and tear and the unpleasant appearance of the edges of the steps of the fractured and damaged stairs will be avoided. Subsequently damage to the edges of the stairs and its unpleasant appearance, as well as expensive renovations are avoided.
Different tread step profiles capable of withstanding a considerable influx ensure the use of wooden stairs and their non-slip ribbed upper surface and grooves create slip resistance and allow safe use of stairs.
The risks of slipping and falling are reduced, injuries are no longer a problem and a decorative feature is provided that fits perfectly on the stairs.
The retrofit profile of the tread can be equipped with glue, adhesive tape or rather screwed to the tile, stone, parquet or similar floors to allow a tight and lasting grip. When supplied pre-drilled and with countersink holes, installation with screws will be faster and smoother.