Did you know that falls are the second leading cause of unintentional injury death? Being exposed to the elements, outdoor stairs can create dangerous slip and fall hazards. The best way to protect yourself and your family on your outdoor stairs is to install non-slip aluminum stair treads. In this blog, we explore the different aluminum stair tread options to help you determine which solution will work best at your home.
Outdoor stairs can create hazardous slip and fall conditions, especially when exposed to environmental elements like rain, snow, ice, or mildew. With virtually every home in the United States having some sort of outdoor stairway like one leading up to a deck or even a single step leading to the front porch, fall injuries are a prevalent danger. In fact, falls are the second leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide. In order to protect yourself and your family from slips, trips, and falls on the outdoor stairs of your home, measures should be taken to ensure safe passage.
Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls on Outdoor Stairs
One of the most effective ways to prevent slips and falls on outdoor stairs is to install non-slip stair treads. These treads vary in material, size, cost, and effectiveness, so it is important to know which type of non-slip stair tread will work best for your home. For example, grit tape stair treads are relatively inexpensive and often the first place homeowners turn for slip and fall protection. However, grit tape treads cannot withstand environmental conditions like rain, snow, or ice. After only about 1 year of outdoor use, grit tape treads will start to peel up from the stairs and will need to be replaced. Grit treads may provide traction on stairways inside the home, but they are no match for outdoor conditions. While there are also rubber and plastic stair treads on the market, we have found that the most effective anti-slip stair treads are constructed of aluminum.
Aluminum stair treads are superior to most other anti-slip stair treads and solutions because they do not rust. In outdoor applications, it is vital that your non-slip stair tread does not rust when exposed to the unavoidable moisture present outside. They can withstand virtually any weather condition, and continue to provide traction in rain, sleet, and snow. Aluminum stair treads also last much longer than other non-slip stair tread options and do not require any maintenance. Most will last a lifetime, some being guaranteed to do so.
Because they are meant to be a permanent solution, aluminum stair treads are usually more expensive in their initial investment. However, since aluminum treads are long-lasting and do not require maintenance, they end up being the most cost-effective option in the long run. Another con of aluminum stair treads is that most options available in the market today are targeted towards commercial and industrial environments; not for homes. Because they are intended for industrial use, many aluminum treads can be very abrasive and cannot be walked on with bare feet. Still, there are some aluminum stair treads on the market that provide traction without being too harsh on bare feet and are designed for residential use.
Types of Aluminum Non-Slip Stair Treads
With a variety of non-slip aluminum stair treads being only a Google search away, it can be difficult to determine which one would work best in your home. Below, we have explored 5 of the most popular non-slip aluminum stair tread options to help guide your search.
Direct Metals Grip Strut™ Stair Treads
Wooster Products Alumogrit® Abrasive Aluminum Cast Stair Treads
Amstep Products Stair Treads
Sure-Foot Master Stop™ Tape Treads
HandiTreads™ Non-Slip Stair Treads
Unlike the options above, HandiTreads Aluminum Non-Slip Stair Treads are the only aluminum anti-slip solution that is designed for residential application and guaranteed to last a lifetime in your home. The treads are constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum and powder-coated. The surface of the treads features a patented raised-button design that provides superior traction in rain, sleet, snow, and debris like fallen leaves. The treads are uniquely self-cleaning as the buttons dispel water and up to an inch of snow when a shoe or foot makes contact with the tread. Unlike the industrial-focused aluminum treads, HandiTreads are comfortable on bare feet. The treads are available in four refined earth-toned shades, Obsidian Black, Chestnut Brown, Java Brown, and New England Gray, that will match or complement the color of any outdoor stairway. Like the Sure-Foot and Amstep Products aluminum treads, HandiTreads can be installed onto wood, concrete, metal, or stone steps. HandiTreads are easily installed to existing stairs using a power drill and the included color-matched screws. Because of their design, efficiency, and ease of installation, HandiTreads are an ideal anti-slip solution for homeowners who value both design and safety.