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Posted on Inlay on stair treads for increased traction

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#1 posted 01-06-2017 03:29 PM

I like the way the inlay would look but my fear is that it would not really help with traction. After all it is just another wood so would it really be any less slick? If you use a harder wood or end grain for example, I would also worry that the surrounding wood would wear more quickly and you would end up with less traction because you would have less surface area in contact with your shoe. I think that you would get the same result if you leave the inlay a little proud of the surface. I could also imagine that if the inlay is proud it could cause someone to catch a heel and trip which might actually be worse than a slip. I would think that a slip would usually cause you to fall into the stairs where as a trip when headed downhill might cause you to go head first down the stairs.

BTW, I have read that carpet is actually considered the most most slick surface for stairs.

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