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Code-compliant, prefabricated, metal stair systems for every industry and application. Explore all of our products
Alternating Tread Stairs

Alternating tread stairs

Safe and comfortable solution for applications with space restrictions.

OSHA-compliant
IBC-compliant

Bolted Steel Stairs

Bolted metal stairs

Standard stairs with an erection bolt design that assemble without welding.

OSHA-compliant
IBC-compliant

Crossover Stairs

Crossovers

Crossover platforms with either standard stairs or alternating tread stairs.

OSHA-compliant
IBC-compliant

Loading Dock Stairs

Loading dock stairs

Pre-fabricated, easy-to-install, loading dock stairs with a choice of options.

OSHA-compliant
IBC-compliant

Commercial Steel Stairs

Commercial steel stairs

A complete outsource solution for IBC-compliant, egress stair systems.

IBC-compliant

Which product is right for you?

View examples of typical commercial and industrial applications for our products.

What's it like working with us?

Read testimonials from our customers about their experience doing business with us.

What are our capabilities?

Tour our two, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Code Compliance
Code compliance

Our product designs incorporate interchangeable components that are pre-engineered to comply with applicable codes and standards.

Product Resources
Product resources

Measuring guidelines, connection details, installation instructions, standard details, and other resources for our products.

Design Tools
Design tools

Quick-start your next stair project with BIM model downloads, dimensional prints, and product specifications.

CAD Model Generator
CAD model generator

Create and download CAD models of alternating tread stairs, platforms, and crossovers with alternating tread stairs.

Code-compliant, prefabricated, metal stair systems for every industry and application.

Explore all of our products

Alternating Tread Stairs

Alternating tread stairs

Safe and comfortable solution for applications with space restrictions.

OSHA-compliant
IBC-compliant

Bolted Metal Stairs

Bolted metal stairs

Standard stairs with an erection bolt design that assemble without welding.

OSHA-compliant
IBC-compliant

Crossover Stairs

Crossovers

Crossover platforms with either standard stairs or alternating tread stairs.

OSHA-compliant
IBC-compliant

Loading Dock Stairs

Loading dock stairs

Pre-fabricated, easy-to-install, loading dock stairs with a choice of options.

OSHA-compliant
IBC-compliant

Commercial Steel Stairs

Commercial steel stairs

A complete outsource solution for IBC-compliant, egress stair systems.

IBC-compliant

Which product is right for you?

View examples of typical commercial and industrial applications for our products.

What's it like working with us?

Read testimonials from our customers about their experience doing business with us.

What are our capabilities?

Tour our two, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Code Compliance
Code compliance

Our product designs incorporate interchangeable components that are pre-engineered to comply with applicable codes and standards.

Product Resources
Product resources

Measuring guidelines, connection details, installation instructions, standard details, and other resources for our products.

Design Tools
Design tools

Quick-start your next stair project with BIM model downloads, dimensional prints, and product specifications.

CAD Model Generator
CAD model generator

Create and download CAD models of alternating tread stairs, platforms, and crossovers with alternating tread stairs.

Code-compliant, prefabricated metal stairs designed to meet your exact specifications.
Flexible components

Our products incorporate interchangeable components that are pre-engineered to comply with applicable OSHA and IBC standards.

Custom design

Orders are custom designed based on the individual project requirements and prefabricated to meet your exact specifications.

All-metal construction

Our prefabricated metal stairs and stair systems are built to last using durable, high quality carbon steel, stainless steel, or aluminum.

Precision built

Orders are prefabricated using state-of-the-art, CNC equipment and undergo rigorous quality checks to ensure accuracy.

On-time delivery

Our facilities utilize automated manufacturing processes to maintain short fabrication lead times and ship orders on time.

Code-compliant, prefabricated metal stairs designed to meet your exact specifications.
Flexible components

Our products incorporate interchangeable components that are pre-engineered to comply with applicable OSHA and IBC standards.

Custom design

Orders are custom designed based on the individual project requirements and prefabricated to meet your exact specifications.

All-metal construction

Our prefabricated metal stairs and stair systems are built to last using durable, high quality carbon steel, stainless steel, or aluminum.

Precision built

Orders are prefabricated using state-of-the-art, CNC equipment and undergo rigorous quality checks to ensure accuracy.

On-time delivery

Our facilities utilize automated manufacturing processes to maintain short fabrication lead times and ship orders on time.

Why are we called Lapeyre Stair?

Our founder, J.M. Lapeyre, originally coined the name "Lapeyre Stair" when he filed the patent on his alternating tread stair design and it was later adopted as the business name when the company was founded. Lapeyre is pronounced lah-PAIR. (It rhymes with stair.)
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Founded in 1981

The year Lapeyre Stair was founded.

91 Full-Time Employees

Number of full-time employees.

20 AWS D1.1 Certified Welders

Number of AWS D1.1 certified welders.

538 Combined Years of Experience

Combined years of stair experience.

182,000 sqft dedicated to stair production

Square feet dedicated to stair production.

Recent blog posts

Non slip metal stair treads: Standards, options, and applications

Slippery walking surfaces are associated with fall incidences in the workplace. Non slip metal stair treads improve safety by eliminating slippery conditions. Abrasive coatings provide a durable, permanent, slip resistant walking surface. Serrated grating treads and other grip treads are also good for certain applications. This guide will teach you about slip resistant stair treads for...Read more

Space Saving Stair: Applications for the Alternating Tread Stair

Alternating tread stairs are the safest and most comfortable space saving stairs for industrial and commercial applications. To maximize floor space, designers need to know when and where to use alternating tread stairs to get the most benefit. Steep Angle Stair Saves Space As a steep stair solution, alternating tread stairs save a significant amount of floor space vs a standard stair design. The...Read more

Ship Ladder Stairs: Stairs vs ladders

Ships ladders, ship stairs, ship ladder stairs, alternating tread stairs, fixed ladders are all terms that can get confused and sometimes used interchangeably. How do these devices differ from each other? Let's look at how OSHA defines stairways, alternating tread stairs, ship stairs, ship ladders, and fixed ladders to understand the difference. OSHA Stair and Ladder Definitions OSHA Section...Read more

Stair Codes: A Complete Guide

Stair codes are complex, and most people don't have the time to learn how all the codes relate to each other. We created this guide to help stair designers navigate through the complexity. This guide will teach you about: All the different stair codes and stair regulatory agencies How the different stair codes and standards relate to each other What codes apply for each application Stair...Read more

Prefab Metal Stairs: Guide to Industrial Stair Applications

Prefabricated metal stairs have many benefits. They are easy to install with a bolted stair kit assembly, powder coat finished, code compliant, and shipped with shorter lead times than custom stair systems. It makes sense that prefab stairs are the preferred option for most industrial stair applications. This guide will help you understand the options for prefabricated industrial stair...Read more

Roof Ladders and Roof Stairs: How to choose the right device

With so many different options and applications for roof ladders and roof stairs, it can be difficult to determine what is the best device for each roof application. Some of the options to access roofs are stairways, roof ladders, fixed ladders or permanent ladders, folding ladders, retractable ladders, ships ladders, and alternating tread stairs. Understanding roof access code...Read more

OSHA and IBC Ships Ladders: Definitions, Design, and Safety

At Lapeyre Stair, we often get asked if we manufacture ship stairs or ships ladders. The short answer is no. But what are ships ladders and why don't we manufacture them? Ship stairs and ship ladders are addressed by both OSHA and IBC. OSHA uses the terms ship stair and ship ladder interchangeably while IBC uses the term ships ladder. There is one key difference between a ships ladder and a ship...Read more

Understanding mezzanine stairs code requirements

A very common application for industrial metal stairs is access to mezzanines. These mezzanines are typically used for storage, work space, office space, or other general use conditions. A common question we get is whether or not mezzanines require IBC compliant stairs or OSHA compliant stairs. Mezzanine vs Equipment Platform To answer that questions, it first helps to define a mezzanine....Read more

Alternating Tread Stair Safety: What to consider for your next project

Alternating Tread Stairs provide the same space saving benefit but more than twice the usable tread depth as a ships ladder or ship stair. On its own, this is a great advantage. More tread depth means a larger stepping surface and greater stability for the user. But how does this actually translate to improved safety and comfort? A team at the Virginia Tech Human Factors Engineering Laboratory...Read more

How does stair tread depth affect safety?

Studies have shown stair tread depth to be a risk factor of stairways. Understanding the safety of tread depth and the IBC and OSHA requirements will help stair designers ensure they choose the right stair design for optimal safety and ergonomics. Tread Depth Definition Before getting into the requirements, let's start by defining stair tread depth. OSHA states that "tread depth is measured...Read more