Alternating Tread Staircase Pros and Cons

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One of the most challenging issues for people who have small dwellings is how to build their tread staircase. This is because the structure often takes up a lot of volume and floor area. But there are alternatives you can do such as building a stair with alternating treads.

Advantages of an Alternating Tread Staircase

Building your stairs with alternating treads allow you to climb up or down comfortably even if it has a steep pitch. Alternating tread staircases are also straight-line construction, which makes it easier to transport long household items, such as a mattress, compared to spiral stairs of small diameter. And because alternating stairs have a cutout on each step, it allows the foot that is not bearing your weight to swing through in a more relaxed manner.

Disadvantages of the Design

One of the major disadvantages of an alternating tread staircase is the potential of taking a serious fall. This makes a handrail very important in the design. You will only have one hand free to carry things up or down, though. It also requires practice since a lot of people are not used to climbing an alternating staircase. Because of this, this form of stairs is also not ideal to be placed in public places because of the number of accidents that could happen.