Example of Stair Wear and Tear
The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is the largest and most wideley recognized professional association of its kindm with 125 chapters in 65 countries. Founded in 1980, the association promotes efficient, effective safe and humane workplaces through certification, research and education. Chartered in 1987, IFMA’s Nashville’s vice president Becca Beasley Rowland, is one such vendor partner: She’s also sales manager of Modular Designs, a Nashville provider and installer of commercial flooring. IFMA Nashville wanted to replace all of the carpeting at their corporate headquarters. Previously, they had used a broadloom type carpet on the steps and landings. After years of use, the carpet especially at the nose of the step had become extremely worn and showed its age. Rather than replace with a similar broadloom carpet, we suggested using carpet tile in conjunction with a stairnosing to achieve the greatest long-term performance. Initially, the customer was thinking to use a vinyl nosing but after discussions with their client, a metal nosing was preferred for durability. Before After receiving some samples of a range of Tredsafe products, the customer selected the AA345 profile with three strips of Neutral Black inserts. ‘We liked everything about this product! The sleek, clean design looks impressive and we are happy that this profile protects the edge of the carpet tile on both the riser and the tread. The inserts not only add a cisual aid to warn of a step, but also adds a bit of slip resistance with the textured surface. Upon completion of the installation, both our team and client are confident these treads will stand the test of time.’ After ‘What did we like about this product?’ Everything!’ Becca was particularly impressed with its sleek, clean design and pleased that the profile would protect the edge of the carpet tile on both the riser and tread. ‘The inserts not only add a visual aid to warn of a step but also slip-resistance with their textured surface. Upon completion of the installation, both our team and client are confident these treads will stand the test of time. This project is a great example of how stair nosings are not only used for safety purposes but also as a protectant for stair edges. As you can see from the ‘before’ photos, there is wear and tear right on the nose of the stairs but by placing an aluminum nosing top, foot traffic doesn’t scuff the carpet. The Diamond tred pattern of the insert also adds slip-resistant properties to the stairway making it safe for users.