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I've not done this before, but I am going to answer my own question because after reading each of the answers here, I found that I needed to dig deeper to find a definitive answer. Nosings offer multiple usability benefits The world's foremost expert on stair design seems to be John Templer, formerly Regents' Professor of Architecture at the Georgia ...


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FYI, the overhang is called nosing. Stair nose is used to create a decorative finished edge on a stairstep or staircase The primary reason is aesthetics and cost savings--not UX. Like a door or window casing, the stair nosing covers the seam between two materials meeting--in this case the tread and the riser. While it may cost more in materials, ...



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