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Joseph G. Swallow

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Don't fish around from place to place looking for stair details like wood stair treads when you can find every part you're looking for, in stock and immediately available, at Westfire Manufacturing. As the first stair part supplier to go online, in 1994, Westfire supplies stair builders everywhere with any part they need, from wood stair treads to spiral staircases. As stair builders ourselves since 1978, we understand how important it is to have a supplier you can trust.

Parts Crafted by the Best Manufacturers
We feature stair parts primarily from primed, quality-oriented manufacturers such as Source Building Products, Crown Heritage, Hardwood Industries, Stairpac, Lumber Products, House of Forging, and Stair Parts Inc. After years of working with a variety of stair makers, we know quality when we see it, and these companies represent the best where quality and timeliness is concerned.  We offer their pieces in select-grade woods including red oak, white hard maple, poplar, hemlock, and American cherry.

Solid vs. Engineered Treads
We have received many queries regarding engineered treads Vs solid treads, asking the difference.  Solid treads are solid glue-laminated wherein we take 5/4” hardwoods, glue them together per the American Hardwood Industries requirements, then surfacing them down to about a 1” thickness.  Glue-lams keep solid treads from warping and cracking over time and use and can last a hundred years with proper care.  Engineered treads take the concepts of solid treads one step further wherein 1/2” to 5/8” number 2 common oak are glue-laminated together then sandwiched top and bottom with a 1/4” “veneer” wrap with nosing.  In our opinion, this creates a superior strong tread that is sand able and can outlive the the standard glue-lams.  We do offer both of these to our customers.

False End Treads
End treads or false end treads have been around for many years as an avenue of cost savings to customer.  These are installed on the sides of the stairs with carpet runners to give the illusion of solid treads, but without the expense or the labor involved.  Many customers ask why false end treads only average 5-1/2” in width.  The answer that if they were any wider, one would find one’s self walking half on the tread and half on the carpet.  The width is determined to insure that the walking path is carpet.  Secondly, the false end treads are made with 1/2” hardwood veneers which do not hold up to any form of foot traffic.

Browse online through our catalog and find pieces in styles from Sheraton to Hampton, and Colonial to Classic. Then order through our online site, or by phone with one of our staff in Oregon. We're ready to help you Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM PST at 800.692.6996. Our staff know stairs better than most and we're happy to talk with you about everything from iron balusters to code compliance.

Westfire has what you need and we'll get it to you fast. The next time you're looking for wood stair treads or any other stair part, try us first. Over a quarter century in the business of building stairs has taught us that quality counts and so does service. Contact us today and let us know how we can be of service to you.

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