Stairs have been around for centuries now. However, stair risers – the ones we know today – took off in the late 1940s, thanks to the invention of Swiss architect Werner Bösendörfer. Stair risers represent the vertical distance between one step and the next. The riser element of a set of stairs is a plank installed vertically at an angle of approximately 90 degrees to the stair risers above and below it.
Stair risers vary depending on the amount of space available, aesthetics, or personal preference. Consequently, they can be made of various materials. At First Atlanta Flooring, you can have your pick from a wide variety of brands and types of hardwood.
Red oak stair risers are one of the most popular choices due to their beauty, stability, and affordability. White oak stair risers are dense, with dramatic grain patterns and nutty brown and cocoa hues. Pine’s well known for its versatile finish capabilities. The stair risers you’ll find in our online shop are unfinished.
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How are they different from stair treads?
Both stair treads and risers work hand-in-hand in the structure of a standard staircase. Stair risers are the vertical part of each step, while stair treads are the horizontal part. They may come in different sizes and styles, as long as calculations are made for proper functionality and safety.
What’s the average height of stair risers?
The standard height for a stair riser is around 7.5 inches.
*Note: Stair risers built for indoor use are a few inches shorter than those designed for the outdoors.
What are stairs without risers called?
Classic staircases have closed tread stairs, meaning they consist of risers and treads. A more modern approach is focused on staircases that lack risers. This is an open-riser-style that gives the impression of a larger space.
Can you replace a stair riser?
Yes. Damage of loose stair risers can be repaired by reinforcing them with a strip of wood attached underneath the stairs.