similar stair for a client, and her and I were considering a cost-cutting switch from glass treads to plexi treads. Any thoughts/ experience on this? The source I found for the glass treads is out of Chicago and actually supply a lot of the Apple Store stairs. $$$ Thanks!
The acrylic is much less expensive than glass, much easier to work with, a good carpenter can install it, much nicer to walk on, it has a softer warmer feeling than glass, and very easy maintenance.
We have used the acrylic for many applications, on a few stairs, awnings, guardrails, etc. It is
For stairs we use 1" clear acrylic sanded with 60-80 grit on a random orbit sander, rougher is better and faster. As in the stair shown in the picture you need a riser to ad stiffness. We dado a 3/8"x3"8" groove in the bottom of the tread, and a 3/8" x5/8" tongue on the riser, giving a reveal, we