Modern Stair Treads

Viewrail offers a diverse range of wood treads for any situation, whether for a renovation of your stairs or an entirely new staircase. Each tread is crafted in our facilities in the USA by expert craftsmen and craftswomen who take great pride in the finished product. Utilizing top-of-the-line machinery, high-grade lumber, and furniture-quality finishes, the wood stair parts are of the highest quality.

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If you are considering redoing your stair railing, it is likely you will need to decide what to do with your current stair treads. Ripping out old railings, like balusters, leaves holes in the existing treads. This leaves you with the time consuming option of sanding, refilling, and refinishing your treads, or simply replacing the current steps with brand new, pre-finished treads.

Each tread is crafted in our facilities in the USA by expert craftsmen and craftswomen who take great pride in the finished product. Utilizing top-of-the-line machinery, high-grade lumber, and furniture-quality finishes, the wood stair parts are of the highest quality. Check out our tread offering and find the perfect surface for your next modern stair railing.

Tread caps for floating stair treads
Thick Treads

Thick Treads

Modern thick treads are quickly becoming very popular options for any open stair system. The tread’s solid construction and thick body provide a strong, durable surface. These are often featured in floating stair systems, such as Viewrail FLIGHT*, and are a design centerpiece. Thick treads come in a standard butcher block, but are also available in creative offerings like our Artisan or Beveled Thick Treads.

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Thick Treads can be used with traditional railing if desired, but pair extremely well with any of Viewrail’s modern railing systems. Some customers even choose to use our butcher block treads for shelves, mantels, or counter tops.

Hundreds of Open Riser Tread Options

From wood species, to stains, we have plenty of finishes and grain patterns to suit your project. Plus we have many new style options and add-ons, to make your stair treads exactly the way you want them.

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Tread Visualizer Tool

To learn more about some of our most popular wood species and finishing options, check out our Tread Visualizer Tool.

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*Please note, thick treads used with our FLIGHT system will differ in price due to the custom routing and manufacturing process.

1" Modern Stair Treads

1″ Modern Stair Treads

1” Treads are the industry standard for most staircases. Most stairs are built with 1” thick treads in mind as they provide a cost effective, but durable surface. Typically, these are used on either a new construction stringer, or when completely replacing existing treads. They are designed to fasten directly to the stringer or stair structure.

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To determine if a Left or Right Returned edge is required, stand at the bottom of the stairway and look up. If the right side is exposed, then you need a Right Returned Edge. If the left side is exposed, then you need a Left Returned Edge.

Double Return stair treads are needed when both edges of the tread are exposed. This style of tread requires a special measurement called the “throat cut”, which you will need to provide when you place your order. To find the throat cut of your Double Return tread, measure the length between the inside of the Left and Right Returned Edges.

With the exception of Double Returns, all Left, Right, and No Return Treads are sent to you with up to an extra 1” of material on the end with no return. This additional allowance may be trimmed on-site to match the exact curve of your unique wall, ensuring a snug fit.

Risers
Replacement Treads

Replacement Treads

Replacement treads are typically used to refinish the surface of an existing tread or similar surface. They are designed with a thinner body to sit over the top of an existing surface, and have the thicker nosing of the tread overhang. Many times they are placed directly on the construction treads. If you are not wanting to rip out the existing structure, these are the perfect treads.

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To determine if a Left or Right Returned edge is required, stand at the bottom of the stairway and look up. If the right side is exposed, then you need a Right Returned Edge. If the left side is exposed, then you need a Left Returned Edge.

Double Return stair treads are needed when both edges of the tread are exposed. This style of tread requires a special measurement called the “throat cut”, which you will need to provide when you place your order. To find the throat cut of your Double Return tread, measure the length between the inside of the Left and Right Returned Edges.

With the exception of Double Returns, all Left, Right, and No Return Treads are sent to you with up to an extra 1” of material on the end with no return. This additional allowance may be trimmed on-site to match the exact curve of your unique wall, ensuring a snug fit.

Wood Stair Riser

Risers

Risers are decorative products used on any enclosed staircase to help pass code. Sometimes called kick plates, risers are installed vertically between stair treads or replacement stair treads on traditional stairways. Stain-grade, high-quality wood is formed and finished to blend effortlessly into your stair design.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the difference between a 1” tread and a replacement tread?

The 1” tread is used when there is no substructure tread in place, and when you are tearing out the existing tread. The replacement tread is used when you are keeping the existing substructure or tread and simply need a new tread to slide over place.

What type of wood can I use for my treads?

Any wood species with a janka rating of 900 or above is considered a good option to use for tread material. As a product designed to withstand repeated and concentrated foot track, it is important to use a dense enough wood to withstand years of use.

What width do I order my treads?

Regardless of whether you use tread returns or not, the width of your tread should match the width of the surface you need to cover. This is called the “throat cut.” Returns are additional pieces designed to overhang open space, and are not included in the tread width dimension.

What is a tread return?

A tread return is additional material on the left or right side of the tread body that is designed to overhang “open space.” These are rounded to match the front of the step, or bullnose, and provide a beautiful finished edge. Each return is 1 ¼” wide, and is additional to your tread width. For example, if you select a 36” tread with returns on both sides, the total tread width including the returns would be 38 ½”.

What is tread depth?

Tread depth is the total front to back measurement of the tread. Unlike tread returns, the 1 ¼” front nosing is included in this measurement. For example, if you have a 11 ¼” deep tread, only 10” of that measurement is designed to sit on the structure.

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