Frequently Asked Questions
About Lapeyre Stair
Does Lapeyre Stair have a licensed engineer onsite?
An on-site, licensed engineer is a critical factor in streamlining the design and engineering process for customers. Stairs can be designed and fabricated more rapidly without compromising our quality and accuracy because Lapeyre maintains a licensed engineer on staff.
Does Lapeyre Stair provide engineering stamps?
Lapeyre provides engineering stamps in all 50 states.
What is the lead time for a Lapeyre stair system?
The lead time for a Lapeyre stair system is 20 working days after final drawings are mutually approved barring extraordinary circumstances. Visit Lapeyre's Warranty page for more information on lead times.
Are replacement parts available?
Lapeyre Stair does offer replacement parts and hardware.
About Alternating Tread Stair Systems
Does the Lapeyre alternating tread stair meet code for residential use?
Local authorities often have differing code requirements for special staircases, so homeowners who are interested in an ATS for residential use should check their local code requirements before ordering. Lapeyre Stair's alternating tread stair is manufactured for industrial applications.
Does the ATS meet code for industrial use?
The alternating tread stairs does meet the requirements of major industrial building codes (OSHA, BOCA, IBC, etc.). For more detailed information on applicable codes, visit Lapeyre's ATS Building Code Summary.
Where can the Lapeyre ATS system be used?
The Lapeyre ATS can be used anywhere that a steep ladder or stair would be used. Common applications of the ATS are mezzanines, rooftops, crossover systems, and offshore vessels to name a few.
While the ATS provides a safe means of forward-facing descent, it is not possible to turn around on the stair and each tread can be occupied by only one foot at a time. That makes Lapeyre's ATS system unsuitable for residential use where children, the elderly, and people with disabilities may need to access the stair.
Can you really descend an ATS facing forward?
Absolutely. It may take a few trips up and down to get the hang of the unique tread as it will feel different. However, users generally adapt to the new system in a short time.
About the Stair Design Process
Does a sloping floor impact stair design?
When ordering, clients specify the vertical height (H) from the upper finished floor where the top landing will attach (A) to the lower finished floor where the foot of the stair will be secured (B). A sloping floor must be taken into account when taking measurements prior to ordering because it will impact stair design.
One way to measure the vertical height at the point where the floor slopes is by using a string level.
What information does the design and engineering department require to reduce RFIs and create an accurate design expediently?
- Architectural and structural drawings identified as "Ready for Construction"
- 3D CAD BIM model
- Addendums or sketches that have been produced since the release of the final construction set
What documents should be included in a basic set of Architectural Drawings?
- Cover sheet or index drawing
- Site plan
- Architectural floor plans
- Architectural reflected ceiling plans
- Architectural building sections
- Architectural wall sections
- Architectural details
- Enlarged plans
- Architectural stair sections and details
What documents should be included in a basic set of Structural Drawings?
- Foundation plans
- Framing plans
- Enlarged framing plans
- Addendums and sketches created after approval of the original design
What information should be included in the floor plan of the stair submitted with the drawing set?
- Clear, overall dimensions from the inside face of the wall to the inside face of the opposite wall (1)
- Structural grid lines and designations (Grid A, B, C or 1, 2, 3)
- Direction of travel (Up or Down arrows)
- Dimensions of each part of the stair
- Width of treads (not clear between handrails) (2)
- Width of clear space between guardrails (3)
- Depth of landings (4)
- Number of treads (5)
- Landing and finished floor elevations (landing and floor heights)
- Section Marker indicating where a section through the stair can be found (6)
- Interaction between the handrail and adjacent walls, egress doors, etc. (7)
- Indications of any special features of the stair and a reference to more information*
- In this case, a structural column creates a “bump out” at the stair shaft (8)
What features should a stair section include?
- Landing and finished floor elevations (landing and floor heights) (1)
- Type of tread, type of riser (2)
- Tread length and riser height (3)
- Handrail and guardrail heights (4)
- Handrail type, picket or panel type (5)
- Handrail extension design (6)
- Indication of handrail attachment to adjacent walls*
- References to details explaining connections between the stringers and the landings (7)
- Relationship between the Lapeyre product and the adjacent wall (8)
- Depth of landings (9)
- Stair supports (10)
- Unusual conditions (11)
- In this example, the flanges of the structural beam are wider than the wall, resulting in a "bump out" in the wall. In this case, the “bump out” does not affect the stair design. Other projects may have fire risers or other structural or mechanical elements that need to be considered.
Are there other details illustrating conditions specific to a project that are required?
Yes. Dimensions for the centerline of supporting beams to the edge of the slab(s) are vital to the proper design of a stair. Not having this information can lead to interruptions in the design or even the complete redesign of a stair, but it is missing in over 80% of submitted drawings.
In this example, the supporting beam (1) and the edge of the slab (2) are 7 ½" apart (3). These drawings are supplied by a steel fabricator.
Special Note:The edge of the landing is not the same as the edge of the top nosing. Our stairs require an extra 1.5" from the edge of the slab at the nosing to fit.