7 Different Varieties of Steps Used for Construction of Staircases

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In design of any stairs people generally look upon its aesthetics and appearance, but for  effective and efficient use of stairs one must know its functionality and use along with its appearance.Stair means vertical transportation between the floors. A good stair should therefore be designed as to provide quick, easy and safe mode of communication between the floors. The primary function of stairs is to provide excess to another floor, safe and easy means to travel, a degree of insulation, escape route in case of fire, etc.

There are different varieties of steps are available. Steps in stairs may be of following types:

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01. Flier: Flier is an ordinary step of uniform width and rectangular shape as shown in figure.

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02. Bullnose Step: Bullnose step is generally provided at the bottom of the flight. It usually projects in front of the newel post and it ends near the newel forming the quadrant of a circle as shown in figure.

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03. Round ended Step: Round ended step is similar to the bullnose step the only difference is it has semi-circular end which project out of the stringer as shown in figure.

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04. Splayed Step: Splayed step is also provided at the beginning of the flight with its end near the newel post as shown in figure.

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05. Commode Step: Commode step is also provided at the beginning of the flight, it has curved tread and riser as shown in figure.

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06. Dancing Step or Balancing Step: Dancing or Balancing steps are those which do not radiate from a common centre as shown in figure.

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07. Winder: Winders are tapering steps which radiates from a point usually situated at the centre of newel as shown in figure.

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