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Stairs provide access to multiple levels of your home. They can be as modest as a basement stair or as showy as a grand entrance staircase. Stairs can be made of wood, brick, concrete, metal or stone, although most interior home staircases in the United States are made of wood.
Staircases can have a number of problems. As many home falls occur on stairways, it's important to know that the stairways in your home are safe. There are strict requirements as to how steep a stairway may be, how high the risers may be, how wide the individual steps may be and how much head room is needed. In addition, a shifting foundation can cause previously-safe stairs to be uneven, posing a safety hazard. Handrails can be loose or non-existent, another safety concern.