Let’s discuss what constitutes a staircase system. In layman’s terms, two of the easiest things to understand; that we all know quite well are the tread and the riser which, along with the nosing, make up the step. The tread is where your foot would step going up and down. The riser is that area that would be closest to your toe as you were walking up or closest to your heel as you were walking down. Custom Stone Staircase Systems will also follow this basic vocabulary.
Moving along in our discussion, we come to the balustrade. This is typically composed of balusters, the vertical elements holding up the railing or banister. Next are newels, basically larger balusters that are usually a structural element. They be capped by a decorative piece, the finial.