BestTread™ square nose stair treads can be ordered with mitered returns (sides) to ease installation and remove some difficult angled (mitered) cuts that would have to be made.
A staircase step tread return (RTN 30) refers to the curved or rounded end on a step tread where it meets the adjacent wall or balustrade. It’s a design feature that provides the smooth transition from the horizontal tread to the vertical surface. Subsequently, the purpose of a step tread return is twofold: functionality and safety. In fact, from a functional standpoint, the rounded end of the tread allows for a more comfortable and natural movement when ascending or descending the stairs. In other words, returns eliminate sharp corners or edges that could pose a tripping hazard or cause discomfort.
In terms of safety, a step tread return helps to prevent clothing or footwear from getting caught on the corner of the step. This reduces the risk of accidents and improves the overall user experience when navigating the staircase. Lastly, it’s worth noting that not all staircases have step tread returns. Some stairs can have square-nosed treads without any rounded ends. In this case, the inclusion of step tread returns is a design choice that adds a touch of elegance and functionality to the staircase.