Tread and Riser Finishes

From Stair Settings, select Finish from the tree to open this page.

Check Finish to add Tread/Riser Finish components to the Stair.

Below, click the components you need:

Flight Finish: Apply to Tread, Riser, or both

Landing Finish: Apply to Tread, Riser, or both

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The components you choose appear in the tree structure: a separate settings page for each of the Tread/Riser/Landing/Flight finishes.

Uniform Finish on Flight and Landing

Check this option to use the same Finish settings for all the Stair’s Treads and Risers, on both Flights and Landings. The number of settings pages is thus reduced.

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Tread and Riser Settings: Choose Component

On the Tread and Riser Settings pages, as applicable, choose a GDL component from the pop-up to serve as the Finish:

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Choose Component as Tread Finish

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Choose Component as Riser Finish

Riser on Tread: Check this to place the Riser on top of the Tread. (If this is unchecked, the Riser extends to the bottom plane of the Tread - see the diagram.)

Tread and Riser Component Settings

Use the Component Settings panel to specify the shape and appearance of the chosen finish. The settings vary depending on the chosen component:

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Choose Tread Profile and Building Materials

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Choose a Separate Accessory Tread Profile

Edit Individual Treads or Risers

Use Edit mode to edit individual Tread and Riser components. You must edit Treads and Risers separately.

For example, edit the shape of certain Treads and Risers of a Stair that has a built-in cabinet structure.

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1.Select the Stair and enter Edit mode. (See Enter Edit Mode.) Here, use the Schematic view.

2.Select each Tread individually. Use the familiar pet palette commands to edit them.

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3.Switch to the 3D window: note that you are still in Edit mode.

4.Continue editing the Stair components - here, edit the Risers individually.

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5.When the Stair is complete, use Solid Element Operations to connect it to the Wall.

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Define Custom Tread Segment: Front, Back, Left, Right

When you edit a Tread to change its shape, the Tread accessories - such as the nosing - might not extend to the customized parts.

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In this case, you can customize any Tread segment to behave like the front, back, left or right side of the standard tread shape.

1.Select the Stair in the Floor Plan window, then enter Edit mode.

2.Select a Tread, then click on one of its side segments.

3.From the pet palette, choose Custom Tread Polygon Settings.

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4.Set tread polygon segment as “Front”.

Note: To change all tread segments, choose All Segments from the Apply changes to pop-up.

5.The customized Tread segment now behaves like the front of the Tread and also displays the nosing.

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Edit Individual Riser Heights in Edit Mode (Section/Elevation)

To edit the height of each Riser separately, you can use Edit mode from the Section or Elevation window.

(For example, to document a historic Stair with Risers of various heights.)

1.Select the Stair in the Section/Elevation window, then enter Edit mode.

2.Select a Tread.

3.Drag the top of the Tread to the desired location.

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The Riser Height is adjusted. Note that the entire Stair shape is affected (including the connecting Structure).

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Hide Any Edge of a Single Tread

You may wish to hide a tread line in 2D. For example, you can hide the top tread line, if the last tread is on the same level as the slab of the landing.

1.Select the Stair in the Floor Plan window, then enter Edit mode.

2.Make sure that Edit mode is using the Schematic view

3.Select a Tread, then click on one of its side segments.

4.From the pet palette, choose Custom Tread Polygon Settings.

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5.Click Hide Segment.

Note: To hide all segments: Choose All Segments from the Apply changes to pop-up.

6.View the result in Symbol view.

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See also Walking Line End Symbol: End at Second to Last Tread.

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