Slippery Stair Fixes
I have a set of wood stairs out the front of my house which are real killers. They have older painted cedar treads. I also have a steep roof which has a gutter but manages to dump quite a bit of snow and rain on the front steps. I’m in Massachusetts so we get a fair bit of both. The steps are a bit of a pain to shovel because the stair rail goes to the bottom, no space to push snow to either side.
My mother in law just took a tumble down the stairs, fortunately without serious injury due to some unexpected ice.
Any suggestions on what I could replace the treads with? Something that might give you better grab than painted cedar and/or shed water? I would put some gaps in, of course; has to be shovelable so I can clear them off soon as possible.
I’ll work on the gutter trying to make it better.
I don’t think I want to go the awning route, but I’ll look into it.
Any replies greatly appreciated,
over the paint will help. (while the paint is still wet.)
Replacing with a trex like product will help.
Narrower pcs with gaps in between will help.
A commercial slip guard tread cover will help.
Salt on any of these will help.
If it must be wood ...
My first answer is ... bluestone/masonry. But if wood is the budget -
Use adhesive, abrasive-finish stair nosing strips:
Also, spaced multi-piece treads ( 3 pieces x 5/4 x 4 for example = 1 tread) work better than wide solid treads.