One aspect of maintaining safety in the workplace, the classroom and anywhere else you conduct business is ensuring that you have effective access equipment in place. Prefabricated aluminum stairs, as opposed to another metal, wood or masonry may be the best way to protect your employees, customers, guests and equipment from harm and damage.

The staff at reviews the access products available from manufacturers throughout the country to help you evaluate what they have to offer and anything new in the market. We look at features, workmanship and price to find stairs, walkways, platforms and ramps that will give your business with the best bang for its buck.  And we look for companies that deliver first-class customer support.

Prefabricated Metal Stairs

This month, REDD Team, a leading manufacturer of aluminum access systems in Louisiana, provided information about their aluminum stairs, platforms, and wheelchair ramps, and explained why aluminum is so well-suited to entry and exit stairs, equipment access stairs, secondary access stairs, mezzanine access stairs, and other temporary and permanent applications.

About Aluminum Alloys

The material itself is one of the most important factors to consider, and 6000 series aluminum alloys are among the most versatile.

Pure aluminum isn’t really a good structural material because it’s too soft. But, when alloyed with other metals and heat-treated, it becomes stronger and more valuable. In fact, aluminum is a great substitute for mild steel, but is much lighter and requires virtually no maintenance to keep the products in good working order.

Alloy 6061-T6 is one of those exceptional alloys. Heat-treatment and aging gives it outstanding structural strength and toughness, good finishing characteristics, and this alloy can be extruded and formed into virtually any shape.

It has a high resistance to rust and corrosion, making it the ideal solution for marine applications and industrial projects that are exposed to wet weather. It’s also one of the most economical aluminum alloys, so it’s a budget-friendly material for the fabrication of stairs, pedestrian bridges, walkways, and similar products.

About Aluminum Extrusion

Alloy 6061-T6 is easy to extrude, which means that profiles made from it can become part of an amazing number of products, such as windows and doors, heat sinks, mechanical parts, framing and for parts used in a broad variety of engines, electronic motors and industrial equipment and robotics.

Extrusions can create an infinite number of unique shapes that are nearly impossible to create from other metals. They are key components in automobiles, heavy trucks, airplanes, train cars and many other products.

They are great for constructing aluminum access systems, too. The advantage is that complex shapes can be completed in one-piece sections, so there is very little mechanical joining required.

Your products will have fewer parts and fewer joints that could potentially loosen up over time. You’ll be able to assemble them in less than 10 minutes without the need for field welding, and easily adjust them when needed. They are also light enough to easily move from place to place.

When your project requires prefabricated metal stairs or any other type of access solution, we encourage you to check out our posts for recommendations on high-quality, reliable, code-compliant aluminum steps and ramps.