Types of Slip Resistant Stair Treads & Their Applications

Slip resistant stair treads help to make workplaces and communities safer. By making sure the correct tread material is specified along with the appropriate all over tread coverage, it is possible to greatly reduce the risk of slipping on stairs. [1] Stair treads can be used in indoor and outdoor applications ranging from industrial facilities to waterparks. Read on to learn more about the types of slip resistant stair treads Direct Metals® offers and how they can be used for applications like yours.

Bar Grating Stair Treads

Serrated bar grating stair treads are engineered specifically to offer protection against slips in areas such as outdoor stairways and outdoor sports facilities, such as stadiums. Rain, snow, ice, or spills can cause stairways at these venues to become slippery and dangerous for spectators. Bar grating slip resistant stair treads are often used to make these venues a safer place for fans where they can enjoy the game and easily make it to their seats.


  • Versatile & durable
  • Custom sizes available
  • Standard checker plate nosing which provides increased slip resistance
  • End plates with bolting holes so they can be welded to the ends of stair treads


Fiberglass Grating Stair Treads

This type of slip resistant stair tread is commonly used at amusement parks and water parks, as well as hotels and resorts. Their corrosion resistant properties allow them to be used in applications where they are consistently exposed to water and chlorine. You may see these stair treads used for a staircase to get to the top of a water slide.



Safety Grating Stair Treads

Safety grating slip resistant stair treads are the top choice for many food processing, chemical processing and water/wastewater treatment facilities to reduce accident rates. They provide a safer walking-working area with a serrated surface that provides maximum slip protection in all conditions and in every direction.


  • Open diamond pattern, this allows for the drainage of fluids through the grating
  • Available in galvanized steel, carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum
  • Range of widths from 4-3/4" to 36"


Request a quote today for your slip resistant stair tread application! Our specialty metal experts can help you determine which stair tread type is the best fit.


  1. “How Does Slip Resistance and Tread Covering Effect The Safety of a Stair Nosing on a Stairway”

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