Do any of you use bar grating for stair treads? How do you like it? How
does it stand up to the elements and rust? I want to make some new stairs
at the cabin this year, using some bar grating, having found enough locally.
Just wanted to check in advance with anyone who may have used this.
My experience is in industrial settings. It has some advantages such
as keeping clean tread as there is little surface area. OTOH, stuff
does stick on the sides of it. It is heavy enough that it will take
many years for rust to do any serious harm, assuming you paint it at
Disadvantages are few, but getting ladies heels caught is one. It
looks rather industrial too so I'd not want it for appearance at home.
I am a welder of 30+ years in the trade... I don't care what age you
are ........you won't live long enough to see it rust through... I usually
work in plants and that is (the norm) used all the time in extreme
environments... you have made a good choice... However another poster said
that ladies wearing high heels would get caught in them...That is a good
point....however most ladies when invited to a BBQ or lawn environment would
wear a wedge heel to prevent this.....Jim
Thanks. I learned to weld in 1974. I worked in the oilfields offshore in
the Gulf of Mexico, and have seen tons of it. This is for an application at
a cabin, where the sturdiness of it, the ability for snow and rain and ice
to drain through, and the traction far outweigh the times when women wear
spike heels to our mountain retreat. Mainly, I want to use it, because the
water does not just sit on it, but goes through. I would weld it to C
channel stringers on both ends.
For cold climates, make sure the top of the bars have the rough-cut edge
finish on them. In icy weather, if not wearing lugged boots, those bars
can still get mighty slick. We have the smooth-top bars on the fire
escape treads at work. Every couple of years, they insist people
actually use the escapes during drills, instead of leaving the way they
came in. They usually get somebody falling on their ass, if the escapes
are not perfectly dry. (Women in smooth-sole pumps, usually. Not many
guys seem to wear smooth leather soles any more.)
Downside of that, of course, is that the steps will NOT be
bare-feet-friendly in warm weather.
Have you considered expanded metal mesh, in a thick gauge, with suitable
re: "In icy weather, if not wearing lugged boots, those bars can still
get mighty slick."
I'll second that.
I used to work in an industrial plant in Western NY and often had to
enter buildings via the metal stairs by the loading docks.
They get pretty slippery in that drizzly weather right around the
freezing point. Remember that the metal will stay cold even after the
air temps rise enough for it to rain.
Ice will form when that moisture hits the metal steps and it's not
like you can just throw salt on it. Well, you can, but all you'll do
is melt the snow that's *under* the steps.
Hey Steve...no... lay your Channel Iron stringers out and weld angle Iron
for the grating to sit on... lay it out flat then just weld the stair tread
as they sit on the angle iron....I hope I explained that out well for you...
I can give you stair tread info on how to build stairs if you want?...let me
Hi Steve... When I built stairs for pump jack platforms I just ran the
stair stringers at 45 Degrees as it made it easy to mark the angle Iron
hangers at 45 degrees using a tri-square...45 degrees is very easy to work
with too....If your going quite a height you may find that a little steep...
Mathematically speaking if your stair stringers are at 45 degrees take the
height of your rise....say for example from the ground to the top of your
landing is 98 inches...take 98 and multiply it times 1.414 and you get
138.572 inches for length of stringer (based on a 45 degree rise)...Then lay
the stringers on their sides and cut the ends back at 45 degree angles so
they will fit (coped to fit) top and bottom...Mark and weld the angle iron
hangers.... 7 inch height would be good comfortable stair rise so I take 98
and divide by 7 and get 14...(subtract one as one will be the landing)you
need 13 stair treads at that height with a 7 inch rise....
As another poster mentioned you can get the smooth bar grating and also
the serrated type... I would opt for the latter... This stuff comes in
different dimensions...you can buy precut stairs or it comes in 3ft X 26 ft
sheets and it's not freaking light.....The premade stair treads comes with a
nose generally made of diamond tread steel so that will look nicer
also....Hope that was of some help Jim
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