What are Thick Stair Treads?

Thick stair treads differ from ordinary treads in that they are thicker than 1 inch. They are custom built by gluing pieces of high quality wood together. This allows them to hold up to a lifetime of wear.

This style of stair tread is perfect for open riser staircases. the simplicity of the design allows for easy installation to tread brackets with a no nonsense appearance. Railing options are also easy to install on the front or sides of the stair tread because of its thickness.

butcherblock stair tread

Butcherblock Style

All Viewrail treads are created in the butcherblock technique.

The butcher block process involves taking 6-10 pieces of premium quality wood, turning them on their side, and face-gluing them together.

This produces a stylish modern look with unique grains to ensure a quality finish

Available Wood Species

Thick treads are custom made for both indoor and outdoor applications. Choose from thick treads in over 15 different wood species, including:

  • African Mahogany
  • Alder
  • American Cherry
  • Ash
  • American Cherry
  • Brazilian Cherry
  • Hard Maple
  • Hickory
  • Ipe (Brazilian Walnut)
  • Quartersawn White Oak
  • Red Oak
  • Sapele
  • Tigerwood
  • Walnut
  • White Oak

Check out our Wood Species Selection page for more information

Interior & Exterior Options

All stair tread options are available for interior use. For exterior stair treads select endurance treads. Endurance treads are made from thermally modified lumber. They are specially modified to hold up to outdoor elements, such as moisture, rot, mildew, insects, and salt water spray.

Stair treads for open concept designs and mono stringers

Thick stair treads are chosen by designers because they can withstand a lifetime of wear. They’re used in open riser staircases of all kinds. As designers emphasize open-concept stairs, thick stair treads continue to rise in popularity. Often associated with a contemporary look, an open tread staircase can work in a variety of settings and with many different materials. These types of stairs are used for both residential and commercial projects.

Thick stair treads are custom-built to fit Viewrail mono stringers. Thick stair treads are available in the following thicknesses:

  • 1 ½ inch
  • 1 ¾ inch
  • 2 inch
  • 2 ½ inch
  • 3 inch
  • 3 ½ inch
  • 4 inch

All treads are built to accommodate stair tread code. According to International Code requirements, stair treads cannot have a smaller depth than 10 inches. Depth is measured from the front of the nosing to the back of the tread — where the tread would meet the riser on a traditional staircase. Stair treads can also be recessed in order to hide the supporting tread bracket.

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