Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association Visual Interpretations of IRC Stair Codes.

Understanding technical stairbuilding concepts and important standards can sometimes be difficult without visual representations. For this reason, the SMA has published expertly designed graphic illustrations of a variety of stairway codes and regulations. In addition to other SMA stair code books, the visual interpretations manuals have provided outstanding utility to industry professionals, covering code requirements relating to categories like headroom, handrails, guards, measurements, and more. These guides are great to have on hand as vocational resources that can be referenced as needed. These visual publications are updated regularly so that stairbuilders and lay people alike can stay up to date on the latest codes and better understand industry requirements.
Drawings and Photos explain the technical terms and many significant changes in the stair building codes since 2006.
  • Headroom
  • Walkline location
  • Measuring carpeted stairs
  • The definition of “flight”
  • Measuring winder treads
  • Handrail height
  • Guard height determination

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Currently the 2009 and 2012 IRC are the model codes most frequently adopted into law by most jurisdictions. Always check with your building safety department for local modifications. Sorry Orders to be shipped outside the US must be ordered by emailing

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