The tread of a staircase refers to the horizontal surface that you step your foot on when you go up the stairs. When it comes to designing a staircase, tread is important because it determines, along with the height of the riser, how much space the staircase will take up.

It’s also important to consider tread for the comfort of a stair, because narrow treads will be more difficult to climb. The tread of any step of steps is likely to be one of the items with the sturdiest construction in your home, built to withstand a disproportionate number of footsteps than other parts. It’s important to choose a sturdy material that can withstand the traffic it will undoubtedly be subjected to under the course of normal circumstances of using the space.

For help determining the best tread and other factors for your custom home plans, consult with an experienced home designer today.