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Prefab interior and exterior metal stairs from the steel staircase experts. 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 Access Stairs

Bolted access stairs

Easy-to-install standard stairs that are ideal for industrial applications.

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.

Prefab interior and exterior metal stairs from the steel staircase experts.

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 Access Stairs

Bolted access stairs

Easy-to-install standard stairs that are ideal for industrial applications.

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.

Prefabricated industrial stairs

Code-compliant stairs and stair systems for virtually any industrial application.

Prefabricated steel stairs

Custom-built steel stairs and stair systems arrive on-site ready to install.

Prefabricated exterior metal stairs

High-quality steel stairs with a durable, hot-dip, galvanized finish.

Prefabricated exterior metal stairs

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

Prefabricated exterior metal stairs

Prefabricated industrial stairs

Code-compliant stairs and stair systems for virtually any industrial application.

Prefabricated exterior metal stairs

Prefabricated steel stairs

Custom-built steel stairs and stair systems arrive on-site ready to install.

Prefabricated exterior metal stairs

Prefabricated exterior metal stairs

High-quality steel stairs with a durable, hot-dip, galvanized finish.

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.

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