Perforated                                               Serrated                                              Expanded                                             Abrasive                   

 

What is the Rule of Thumb when Choosing a Tread Type?

Perforated Tread has holes in the metal and offer a non-aggressive, non-slip option to be used inside in a dry, non-dusty environment. This would be a good fit for warehouse, office, storefront and anywhere tennis shoes or street shoes are the norm.

Serrated Tread is the most aggressive tread and will not allow slipping of any kind. Best used inside or outside in wet, oily or very dusty situations. This tread has a lot of grip and will allow snow and rain to fall thru the tread. You will want this type of tread in a work boot type environment.  

Expanded Tread is a great alternative tread to perforated. This is a tread that can be used in most any situation. This tread does not provide the grip of the serrated tread, but will allow dirt and water to fall thru the tread easily. Nothing will settle on the stairs. This tread is best suited for all shoe types with the exception high heels. The heels would catch in the tread and cause tripping.

Abrasive Mat/Grip Tape Tread would be the tread of choice in office or clean retail environments where wearing heels and street shoes are the norm. There is maintenance on this tread because of the wear and tear which will require you to replace the grip tape [which can be easily acquired at most hardware stores].  Depending on usage, it could be years in between replacement of the tape.

Ribbed Tread on the aluminum ladders can be used for all environments however this tread is best suited for inside or outside in a dry, non-dusty environment. This would be good for use in a warehouse, office, storefront and anywhere tennis shoes or street shoes are the norm. 

Feel free to contact our qualified sales team at (888) 802-3651 and let us answer any questions you may have regarding tread types or any other questions you may have regarding industrial maintenance ladders, platforms or stairways.