Riser –  The vertical component of a step.

The treads rests on the risers. Each step is composed of the tread and riser.

A staircase or a section of stairs will have 1 more riser than tread since there is one at the bottom and another at the top before reaching a landing or 2nd floor hall. (the landing nose or hall/floor nose rests on the top riser.)

Riser –  The vertical component of a step, stair riser, stair parts, stair terminology, Stair Runner glossary riser
Riser –  The vertical component of a step.

We refer to stair counts as the number of treads/number of risers. Example: a single run on a straight staircase with 12 treads has 13 risers. When there is a landing within the staircase, the thread/riser counts should be broken down by each flight or run. If those 12 treads were instead split into 2 sections, let’s say 5 and 7 – your count is 5 treads/6 risers + 7 treads/8 risers OR a total of 12 treads and14 risers. This is important when calculating linear footage required.

The total number of risers is always greater than the total number of treads.

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