Not to be confused with rough strips attached to treads in public and commercial areas to provide extra grip, in residential applications, staircase nosing is the name given to the very front of the treads (also known as stair edging). The nosing is a crucial design feature of the staircase, as it improves the look of the steps as well as helps avoid slips and falls.
Ensuring that you have chosen the right style of staircase nosing can be difficult, particularly if you have very little experience with these design features. Although choosing the wrong method of nosing isn't all that disastrous – after all, the stairs will still work fine – you might find that what is failing is the appearance of your stairs.
In the list below, we have taken a closer look at the three different styles of stair edge nosing that Prospec Specialties offer to help you reach a decision:
• Pencil Round
This nosing originally comes from the fact that it resembles a pencil sideways – the corners are slightly rounded (no sharp edges) with the face-flattering. For typical staircases it is a common option but is also rising in popularity for more modern designs. It is also a common option for homeowners with children because when the kids fall or playfight, the rounded edges are a little more forgiving.
Because this nosing is called square, the edges are rounded slightly to make sure they aren't too sharp. This also gives them some protection against scratches and dents from dragging shoes all day up and down. With modern and contemporary staircases it is a common choice, as it can provide the steps with meaning and purpose and structure that creates an imposing picture.
• No Overhang
This nosing lies flush with the riser below it, giving the illusion that a single continuous piece of timber has been used. Decorative elements can also be incorporated, such as shadow lines. Many homeowners prefer this design when they wish to avoid possible dangers from tripping completely. Since it is so unobtrusive it is a common preference for classic and modern staircase designs. The only downside of this style is that the lack of nosing projection causes the tread to end up being slightly smaller.
All these staircase nosings can be carpeted or left in their natural wooden state, ensuring you can achieve the exact look that you want. However, it should be noted that pencil round with no overhang is better suited for flooring-while you can carpet square, you may find some more pronounced curvature to the edges and the lines are less sharply drawn.
The staircase nosing is an important part of your overall design. It is not something that should be left until the last minute or overlooked together. If you are not sure which of these stair edge nosing's will better match your staircase or have any questions, please contact the Prospec Specialties team, we are more than happy to walk you through this process.
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