2Spiral StairsOften not just a decorative feature but a space necessity.Spiral staircases shall be at least 26 inches wide measured from the outer edge of the supporting column to the inner edge of the handrail.At the top and bottom of a flight, measurement shall be taken from the top of the nosing to the finished floor surface unless the finished surface is carpeting, in which case measurement shall be made to the hard surface below the carpeting.
3Except for spiral staircases risers may not exceed 8 inches in height measured vertically from tread to tread.Risers in spiral staircases may not exceed 9.5 inches in height measured vertically from tread to tread.Rectangular treads shall have minimum tread depth of 9 inches measured horizontally from nosing to nosing.
4Spiral staircase treads shall have a minimum tread depth of 7 inches from nosing to nosing measured at a point 12 inches from the outer edge of the center column.
5HeadroomStairways shall be provided with a minimum headroom clearance of 76 inches measured vertically from a line parallel to the nosing of the treads to the ceiling, soffit or any overhead obstruction directly above that line.The headroom clearance shall be maintained over a landing that is at the top or bottom of a stairway for a minimum distance of 36 inches in the direction of travel of the stairway.
6Variance in HeightWithin a stairway flight, the greatest tread depth may not exceed the smallest tread depth by more than 3/8 inch and the greatest riser height may not exceed the smallest riser height by more than 3/8 inch.WOW!
7The walking surface of stair treads and landings shall be a planar surface that is free of lips or protrusions that could present a tripping hazard.Stairways leading to non-habitable attics or crawl spaces are not covered by the UDC.Generally, stairways shall be at least 36 inches wide.
8Common Defects Openings in handrails/guardrails Gripping surfaces on handrailsHeadroomUniformityLandings
9Openings in HandrailsThe opening in a handrail shall prevent the passage of a sphere with a diameter of 4 inches or larger.The triangular area formed by the tread, riser or guardrail shall have an opening that prevents the passage of sphere of 6 inches or moreThis design is decorative but openings exceed 4 inches.
10Stairways with open risers shall be constructed to prevent the through-passage of a sphere with a diameter of 4 inches or larger between any 2 adjacent treads.
11Stair flights with more than 3 risers shall be provided with at least one handrail for the full length of the stair flight.
12Cable or RopesIf cables or ropes are used in a handrail or guardrail shall be strung with maximum openings of 3 ½ inches with vertical supports 4 feetIncorrect – opening exceeds 3 ½ inches
13Design StandardsHandrails and guardrails must be designed to withstand a 200 lb load applied in any direction.Any glazing used must be safety glazingExterior handrails and guardrails must be made of metal, decay resistant or pressure treated wood, or shall be protected from the weather.
14Design Standards Height can be variable between 30 and 38 inches. Must be uniform in height except where a rail contacts a wall or newel post or where a turnout or volute is provided at the bottom step.A volute
15Design StandardsHandrails and associated trim may project into the required width of stairs and landings a maximum of 4 ½ inches on each side.
16Landing Design Standards A level landing shall be provided at the top and base of every stairs. The landing shall be at least as wide as the stairs and shall measure at least 3 feet in the direction of travel.A landing is not required between the door and the top of interior stairs if the door does not swing over the stairs.A landing is not required between a sliding glass door and the top of an exterior stairway of 3 or fewer risers.
17The exterior landing, platform or sidewalk at an exterior doorway shall be located a maximum of 8 inches below the interior floor elevation and shall have a length of at least 36 inches in the direction of travel out of the dwelling.
18RampsRamps shall not have a slop greater than 1 in 8. (One foot of rise for each 8 feet of run.)Walkways with a slope of less than 1 in 20 are not considered ramps.Ramps must have a slip resistant surface.
19Handrails FormsA common violation regarding decks and stairs involves handrail shapes.Must be symmetrical at the vertical centerline to allow for equal wraparound of the fingers and thumb.Where the handrail is round or truncated round cross sectional gripping surface must have a whole diameter of 2 inches.2 inches
20Handrail FormsHandrails with a rectangular cross sectional gripping surface shall have a maximum perimeter of 6 ¼ inches with a maximum cross sectional dimension of 2 7/8 inches.OK (w x ht)½” by 2 1/8”¾” by 2 ½”1” by 2 1/8”1 ½” by 2 1/8”1 1/8” by 2 5/16”1 7/8” by 1 15/16”Max 6 ¼ inch gripping surface
23Max 2 7/8th inchCross Section including a minimum ¼” recess on each side
24ClearanceThe clearance between the handrail and a wall shall be at least 1 ½ inches.Handrails and their trim can project a maximum of 4 ½ inches into the required width of the stairs or landing.
25ContinuityHandrails must be continuous for the entire length of the stairs except:At an intermediate landingA handrail may have newel postsAt an intermediate wall providedthe upper rail is returned to the wall or provided with a flared end,The horizontal offset between the 2 rails is no more than 12” measured from the center of the rails, andBoth upper and lower rails can be reached from the same tread without taking a step.
26GuardrailsAll openings between floors, and open sides of landings, platforms, balconies or porches that are more than 24 inches above grade or a floor must have a guardrail.An insect screen is not a guardrail.For exterior applications, the 24 inches is measured within 3 feet horizontally from the edge of the deck, landing, porch or similar structure.
27GuardrailsThe required height is at least 36 inches above the floor as measure from the hard structure beneath the finished surface to the top of the rail. (measure between the 2 red lines shown).
28LandingsAn intermediate landing is required in any stairs that has a height of 12 feet or more.Intermediate landings connecting straight stairs or stairs at a right angle must be as wide as the stairs and measure at least 36 inches in the direction of travel.Curved or irregular landings shall have a radius of at least 36 inches.
29LandingsCurved or irregular shaped landings must have minimum straight line measurement of 26 inches between the nosing of the 2 connecting treads as measured at a point 18 inches from the narrow end of the landing.
30Required HandrailsWhen the ramp has a gradient greater than 1 in 12 AND which overcomes a change in elevation of 24 inches or more, shall have a handrail on both sides.Every ramp that overcomes a change of elevation of 8 inches or more shall have at least one handrail.Handrails shall be located to the top of the handrail is at least 30 inches but not more than 38 inches above the ramp surface.
31Handrails on RampsOpen sided ramps shall have the area below the handrail protected by intermediate rails or an ornamental pattern to prevent the passage of a sphere of 4 inches or larger.
32Ramp LandingsA level landing shall be provided at the top, at the foot and at any change of direction of the ramp.The landing must be at least as wide as the ramp and shall measure at least 3 feet in the direction of travel.
33Deck FootingsPer SPS (2) Deck footings shall be sized to not exceed the allowable material stresses.The bearing area shall be at least equal to the area required to transfer the loads to he supporting soil without exceeding the bearing values of the soil.
34Soil Types Wet, Soft clay, very loose silt, silty clay = 2000 psf Loose, fine sand, medium clay, loose sandy clay = 2000Stiff clay, firm inorganic silt = 3000Medium (firm) sand, loose sandy gravel, firm sandy clay, hard dry clay = 4000Dense sand and gravel, very compact mixture of clay, sand and gravel = 6000Rock = 12000
35Footing SizingIn lieu of a designed footing, the code required minimum size or a column footing of 24” x 24” x 12” thickTo provide adequate spread of the load through the concrete or gravel footer, its thickness should be at least one-half of its diameter, but in no case less than 8”.