Fixing Outdoor Stair Treads

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Outdoor stair treads – Broken or worn treads is a huge security risk. Step covered with rubber or vinyl may be cracked or warped due to environment and temperature. Replacing a single step is a difficult task that can sometimes involve removing a good part of the staircase. An alternative repair solution is to install the new replacement tire treads to whole staircase directly over the existing ones.

Posted on November 6, 2017 Stairs


Pull up and remove all the existing outdoor stair treads covering, such as carpet or vinyl to expose the underlying pattern base. Wash off the debris and inspect for damage. Nail down any loose or squeaky areas, and fill cracks or splits with epoxy nose seal. Let dense dry completely before proceeding. Use a circular saw, cutting away a part of the tread base (bull nose) extending beyond the riser. When finished, it should be flush with the riser. Use a chisel to chip away hard base area closest to the bottom plate. Use sandpaper to smooth out the rough areas, if needed.

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Measure each pattern base individually and, if necessary, cut the new outdoor stair treads to size with a circular saw. Completed step in a standard width of 11½ inches fits most staircases, but you may need to make some minor adjustments to fit your stairs. Use angle finder to determine if you need to make some cuts specialty. An angle viewfinder sits atop a straightedge level and shows the degree of existing angles. Secure with finishing nails. Seal nail holes with wood putty. When dry, color putty to match so it matches the finish of the stairs.

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