Basic Staircase Terminology
Balustrading The collective name for the complete assembly of handrails, base rails, newels, spindles and caps.
going The going of a flight of stairs is the horizontal distance between the face of the first and last risers. The individual going of a step is measured from face of riser to face of riser and for domestic use should be a minimum of 220mm.
rake The pitch of the stairs.
riser The board that forms the face of the step. The maximum individual rise for domestic flights is 220mm.
tread Top or horizontal surface of a step.
Winders Radiating steps that are narrower at one end, used to change the direction of stairs through 90° or 180°.