All About Building Deck Stairs

Want to know how to easily build stairs for your deck? Here's what you need to know.

Open riser stairs

If the thought of figuring out how to build a strong and nice looking set of stairs is starting to worry you.

Relax.

If you don't understand any math or lack the basic carpentry knowledge to get started...

Don't worry. Be happy.

You'll learn the basics terms and vocabulary you have to know like:

  • best location or placement
  • stringers and layout
  • rises and runs
  • tread sizes
  • building code requirements

Let me explain the most important areas of the design and building process.

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Here is where you can pick and choose which aspect of building you want to learn first. If there is something not covered, just contact us.

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Location Tips

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Stringer Layout

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Proper wooden stringers

Cutting Stringers

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Minimum and maximum runs and rises



Treads & Risers

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Minimum and maximum runs and rises

Attaching To Deck

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Footing requirements

Landings & Footings

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Footing requirements



Stair Rail Guidelines

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Durable and safe covers for treads

Tread Protection

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Durable and safe covers for treads



Building Safe Deck Stairs Requires a Bit of Knowledge

There is lots and lots of information in these pages.

Take your time and read through each of the sections above on every aspect of the stair construction. You will find helpful illustrations and even some videos.

There are building code measurement summaries for you to keep in mind as you layout the stringers and treads and railing as well.

First Steps to Planning Your Stairs

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