Open risers are permitted by code with a catch because they may not be large enough to permit the passage of a 4” sphere the same as rail infill rules. In most cases it looks nicer and is just plain easier to close the risers. You must maintain a minimum 6'-8" headroom clearance and provide stairway illumination at the top landing. Stair stringers should be cut from 2x12 pressure treated lumber and spaced no greater than 16" O.C. Not all composite decking material is approved for use on stairs.
Van Hibberts, CMI
Van Hibberts, CMI
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