Treated Wood Stairs

Old 08-28-12, 10:12 AM
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Treated Wood Stairs

We have an outdoor staircase made of treated wood & it gets very slippery in the rain. I was told by a contractor friend that putting adhesive stair treads wouldn't work because the adhesive wouldn't stick to the treated wood, and installing treads that you nail/screw on would not only be difficult, but would make it much harder to shovel the stairs when it snows. Any ideas on how to make these stairs less slippery?
Old 08-28-12, 01:25 PM
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Welcome to the forums! It is easier to do before you lay down the treads, but I have used a router with a 1/4" round tip bit and a straight edge to run two grooves about 1/4" deep in the face of the tread. Helps in rain, but nothing will help in snow and ice. If you have a trim router, you can do this with the steps in place. You don't have to go the edge, just do the middle third or so, or just where feet land.
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I built a ramp out of PT plywood for some friends several yrs ago. I used the self adhesive tread strips on it but I used extra [spray on] adhesive. 1 yr later about half of them needed replacing but for the most part they had all stayed adhered ok - just worn thru, ripped, etc.

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