The Making of "The Ultimate Stair Tread"
You may be asking why we call our stair tread, "The
Ultimate Stair Tread." That's a very good question.
take a look at a typical stair tread you might purchase through
the Internet or from a large home improvement store.
The average commercial stair tread is basically a 1" thick
board, rounded along one edge. It may or may not be pre-finished.
Once cut to fit, it will simply be attached to the top of the existing
This brings up an interesting dilemma
If you use 1" treads, your stairs will suddenly all be an
inch taller. The new height will be especially noticeable on the
bottom step. It won't look right and it could create a tripping
hazard since your feet just won't be expecting that added height.
top step will be a problem too–it won't match the level
of the floor next to it. Even if you're installing new 1/2" wood
flooring, there will still be a 1/2" difference. This would
also create a tripping hazard; at best, it just won't look right.
You can solve this problem by increasing the height of your subflooring,
but then what started out as a fairly straight-forward project
will suddenly become a lot more complicated.
Stair Tread System solves the problem very simply
We vary the thicknesses of our treads. Most of
them will be 3/4" thick. But at the top and bottom of the
stairs, we make the treads a little thinner to solve the problem
of the too-tall first and last steps. After the new treads are
bonded to the old ones, the steps will be stronger than ever.
what about the "nosing" – the front
of the step that sticks out? If the ReCrafting treads are thinner
than the originals, won't the nosing be too thin?
This is where the genius of The Ultimate Stair Tread really comes
into play. As you can see in the top photo, the nosing is constructed
separately and attached to the front of the tread.
When the new
treads and risers are installed over the old stairs, the nosing
will fit perfectly over the top of the riser. This not only makes
it look exactly as it should, but also increases the overall
strength and stability of the new staircase.
One more reason
that The Ultimate Stair Tread is superior to any others you'll
find on the market…
Our nosing has a built-in "scotia." The scotia (pronounced
SKO-shuh) is a piece of cove molding that is often nailed under
the nose of a stair tread. Traditionally, it hides the seam between
the tread and riser and gives the staircase a more elegant, and
In The Ultimate Stair Tread, the nose and scotia
are made as one piece. This means you'll automatically be getting
a beautiful, high-end look with no extra cost or effort.
The Ultimate Stair Tread…how we make it.
After our in-home assessment technician returns with the detailed
measurements and templates of your existing stairs, a personalized
project plan is created for you and entered into our computer system.
You'll be given access to a protected part of our website that
will enable you to follow the progress of your job.
plans for your project are transmitted to our production team in
The specs for any treads and risers that are not straight rectangles
are entered into our state-of-the-art CNC cutting system. CNC (Computer
Numerical Control) allows us to cut curves and angles with pinpoint
precision to a tolerance of 1/64" – less than the thickness
of a dime!
Production begins with the custom milling of your selected
wood stock in our in-house mill.
Having our own milling capability allows us total flexibility
in creating custom projects such as the components for your stairs.
This is why we are able to vary the thickness of your stair treads
so that the top and bottom stairs don't end up too high. Other
stair-tread manufacturers don't do this.
Once the stock is milled, we begin cutting the individual
The integrated nose and scotia for your stair treads is cut in
one piece on a computerized machine called a "molder." The
flat part of the treads is cut from the custom-milled stock. If
any of your stair treads are curved, the components, including
the risers, are cut using the CNC system.
The next step is to assemble the individual treads.
The nose and scotia are attached to the front edge of the tread
with hot epoxy and then placed in a special press. The resulting
bond is actually stronger than the wood itself.
The final step is the finishing process.
The assembled components are sanded and stained. To ensure years
of easy maintenance and durability, we apply three coats of a polyurethane
finish. Once the finish is thoroughly dry, the beautiful new hardwood treads and risers are
ready for installation in your home.
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