Stair Nosing

Stair nosing are used to meet regulations on stair edges. To achieve even the minimum slip rating, you can simply apply anti-slip tape. To achieve an enhanced look of your stair, we have a range of finishes and materials that comply with Australian standards. Our nosing range starts with a simple 50mm wide strip and moves up to an aluminium extrusion that holds a variety of carborundum and ribbed vinyl inserts. These are suitable for both hard and carpet surfaces and we have a range of colours to help you meet contrast requirements.

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Aluminium Stair Nosing

Aluminium Stair Nosing Our Aluminium Stair Nosing Range is the most preferred product range across projects. It is the widest...

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Ribbed Stair Nosings

Ribbed Stair Nosings Our range of Rubber Stair Nosings or as we call it Ribbed Stair Nosings features a rubber...

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Brass Stair Nosing

Brass Stair Nosing Brass stair nosing is a popular choice for many reasons. It is durable, long-lasting, and easy to...

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Abrasive Stair Nosings

Abrasive Stair Nosings At Sterling Supplies, we understand that certain environments demand exceptional traction and durability. Our Carborundum or Abrasive...

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What is stair nosing, and what purpose do they serve?

Stair nosing are protective profiles designed to be installed on the edge of stair treads. They serve several important purposes, including improving safety by providing a slip-resistant surface, enhancing visibility by defining the edge of each step, and protecting the stair edges from wear and tear.

How do stair nosing improve safety on stairs?

Stair nosing are often equipped with slip-resistant surfaces, such as ribbed patterns or abrasive strips. These features enhance traction, reducing the risk of slips and falls on stairs, particularly in high-traffic or wet areas.

Are stair nosing required by building codes or regulations?

Yes, many building codes and safety standards, such as AS/NZS 1428.1:2009, specify the installation of stair nosing in certain situations. Compliance with these regulations is essential for ensuring the safety and accessibility of stairs in public and commercial buildings.


What are the different types of stair nosing?

Our stair nosing is available in different materials such as aluminum, brass and fibreglass.

How do I choose the right stair nosing for my project?

When selecting the appropriate stair nosing, consider factors such as the level of foot traffic, the stair environment (indoor or outdoor), and the desired aesthetics. Our team of experts will also be able to help you with the appropriate stair nosing choice for your space to ensure maximum safety.

How are stair nosing installed?

Stair nosing can be installed using various methods, including adhesive bonding, mechanical fasteners, or recessed installation. The specific installation method will depend on the nosing material, the stair construction, and the application requirements.

Can stair nosing be customized to fit specific stair dimensions?

Yes, at Sterling Supplies we offer customization for the nosing to fit specific stair dimensions. Customized stair nosing ensures a precise fit and optimal performance.

Is compliance with the Stair Nosing code mandatory for all types of buildings in Australia?

Yes, compliance with the Stair Nosing code is mandatory for all types of buildings in Australia. The code applies to commercial, public, residential, and industrial structures, aiming to create safe and standardized stairways across the country.

Why is compliance with the stair nosing code important for stairway safety?

Compliance with the stair nosing code is crucial for ensuring stairway safety. By adhering to the specified dimensions and requirements, stair nosing can effectively improve slip resistance, define the edge of each step, and reduce the risk of accidents such as slips, trips, and falls on stairs. Following the code helps create a safe and accessible environment for all users.

Can stair nosing be customized while still complying with the code?

Yes, stair nosing can often be customized while still adhering to the code’s requirements. We offer a variety of profiles, materials, and finishes that meet the specified dimensions and slip resistance criteria. Customization options allow for aesthetic preferences while maintaining compliance with safety standards.

What is the stair nosing code in Australia regarding the projection over the stair tread?

According to the stair nosing code in Australia, the maximum projection of the stair nosing over the stair tread must be between 10mm and 25mm. This ensures that the nosing provides a sufficient leading edge for enhanced visibility and slip resistance while avoiding excessive protrusions that may pose tripping hazards.

What is LRV, and how does it relate to stair nosing?

LRV stands for Light Reflectance Value. In the context of stair nosing, LRV refers to the measurement of how much light a surface reflects. It is an essential factor in ensuring proper luminance contrast between the stair nosing and the adjacent step or flooring material, making stairs more visible and safer, especially for individuals with visual impairments.

Why is LRV important in stair nosing selection?

LRV is important when choosing stair nosing because it affects how well you can see the nosing against the step or floor around it. If there’s a noticeable difference in LRV values, it makes the stair edges stand out more, making it easier to see and reducing the chances of tripping.

How is LRV calculated, and what range is ideal for stair nosing?

LRV is measured on a scale from 0 (completely absorbing all light) to 100 (perfectly reflecting all light). For stair nosing, the ideal LRV range is typically between 30 and 70. This range ensures an adequate contrast with the adjacent surface while meeting accessibility and safety standards.

How can I ensure proper luminance contrast?

To ensure proper luminance contrast, it’s essential to select nosing with an appropriate LRV range, considering the LRV value of the adjacent step or flooring material. The luminance contrast should meet the guidelines set forth in relevant building codes and accessibility standards.

Do you provide LRV information for your products?

Yes, we provide LRV information for all our stair nosing. This information helps architects, designers, and builders make informed decisions during stair construction or renovation projects to achieve the required luminance contrast.

How does LRV contribute to building accessibility and safety?

Proper luminance contrast achieved through LRV compliance plays a vital role in building accessibility and safety. It enables individuals with visual impairments to distinguish stair edges clearly, making stairways safer and easier to navigate for everyone.