Installing Stringer Steps
Installing Steps To The Decking Area
Stringer steps consist of a row of stringers that attach to a raised area and a landing area to form a framework of steps which are mainly made from wood.
We recommend landing areas to be on a solid ground. If the ground is soft or uneven we recommend concreting posts into the ground to support each stringer following the process in the "Installing Timber & Plastic Joists & Posts" page.
When installing stringer steps ensure the area is clear and free of any obstacles including any cables and pipes.
Designing The Decking Stringer Steps
Carefully plan the area taking into account the deck board and riser width when designing the tread and rise dimensions. Ensure the rise and tread is consistent along the steps and allow space at the bottom of the stringers for base plates.
Measure and cut stringers and base plates where required.
Measure and fix stringer hangers to the raised area using coach screws, pre-drilling all holes. Reinforce the raised area if required and ensure each stringer is spaced at 300mm max intervals centre to centre.
Measure and fix the base plates to the landing area by pre-drilling holes and screwing down using expansion screws. We advise every 100mm approx intervals.
Fix stringers to hangers by screwing together using coach screws, pre-drilling all holes.
Use “L” brackets to fix the stringers to the base plates using coach screws, pre-drilling all holes. Ensure that each stringer is spaced at 300mm max intervals centre to centre.