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Deck Stairs Properties

The properties used to modify deck stairs are located to the right of the screen when your deck stairs are selected. These deck stairs properties can either be adjusted right before adding the deck stairs to a deck or after it has been added. Below is a description of each available deck stairs property in the order that they appear in the software:

Options

Description

Total width

The Total width property determines the distance of the deck stairs from one end to the other. To change the stair width, move the Total width slider or enter a value in the text field.

Max rise

The Max rise property determines the vertical distance from one step to the next. To change the rise, move the Max rise slider or enter a value in the text field.

Tread run

The Tread run property determines the length of each step. To change the step length, move the Tread run slider or enter a value in the text field.

Auto-calculate height

The Auto-calculate height property determines whether the deck stairs will automatically continue until they reach the ground. This option should be unchecked when working with multilevel decks. To toggle the state of the deck stairs, click the Auto-calculate height checkbox.

Total height

The Total height property determines the distance from the bottom step to the surface of the deck that the stairs are attached to. To change the height of the deck stairs, move the Total height slider or enter a value in the text field. This option is not available unless the Auto-calculate height option is disabled.

Left railing

The Left railing property determines whether a handrail is added to the left side of the deck stairs. To toggle the left handrail, click the Left railing checkbox.

Right railing

The Right railing property determines whether a handrail is added to the right side of the deck stairs. To toggle the right handrail, click the Right railing checkbox.

Add skirting

The Add skirting property determines whether a lattice is added between the ground and the bottom of the deck stairs frame. To toggle the appearance of the skirting, click the Add skirting checkbox. Skirting will not appear on the deck stairs unless it is enabled on deck object they are attached to.

Add round nosing

The Add round nosing property determines whether the front of each stair step is rounded or flat. To toggle the smoothness of the front of each step, click the Add round nosing checkbox.

 

Tread

Description

Use same material as deck

The Use same material as deck property determines whether the step tread will use the primary deck material or a different material specified by you. To enable selection of a separate tread material, click the Use same material as deck checkbox.

Tread material

The Tread material property determines what type of surface is applied to the stair tread. To change the tread surface, click the small image that displays the current material.

Material options

The appearance of the tread material can be modified by clicking the small button that appears to the right of the material image.

Size

The Size property determines the scale of the tread material. For example, if the tread has a wooden board material, then the Size slider will adjust the size of each board.

Angle

The Angle property determines the rotation angle of the tread material.  To change the material angle, move the Angle slider or type a value in the text field.

Offset X

The Offset X property determines the tread material’s left and right orientation. To shift the material left or right, move the Offset X slider or enter a value in the text field.

Offset Y

The Offset Y property determines the tread material’s forward and backward orientation. To shift the material forward or backward, move the Offset Y slider or enter a value in the text field.

Shininess

The Shininess property determines how glossy the material will appear. To change the appearance of the material, click the Shininess drop-down menu and select from the following options: Default, Off, Low, Medium, or High. The shininess property only affects the appearance of the material while in the 3D view.

Enable enhanced surface detail

The Enable enhanced surface detail property determines whether or not the tread material will have increased detail when viewed up close.

Hide gaps between boards

The Hide gaps between boards property determines whether a virtual gap will be shown between the stock wooden materials that are included with the software. If a material outside of the “Deck and Fence” category is chosen, then gaps can not be shown. To toggle the appearance of the gaps, click the Hide gaps between boards checkbox.

 

Riser

Description

Use same material as deck

The Use same material as deck property determines whether the step riser will use the primary deck material or a different material specified by you. To enable selection of a separate riser material, click the Use same material as deck checkbox.

Riser material

The Riser material property determines what type of surface is applied to the stair riser. To change the riser surface, click the small image that displays the current material.

Material options

The appearance of the riser can be modified by clicking the small button that appears to the right of the material image.

Size

The Size property determines the scale of the riser material. For example, if the riser has a wooden board material, then the Size slider will adjust the size of each board.

Angle

The Angle property determines the rotation angle of the riser material.  To change the material angle, move the Angle slider or type a value in the text field.

Offset X

The Offset X property determines the riser material’s left and right orientation. To shift the material left or right, move the Offset X slider or enter a value in the text field.

Offset Y

The Offset Y property determines the riser material’s forward and backward orientation. To shift the material forward or backward, move the Offset Y slider or enter a value in the text field.

Shininess

The Shininess property determines how glossy the material will appear. To change the appearance of the material, click the Shininess drop-down menu and select from the following options: Default, Off, Low, Medium, or High. The shininess property only affects the appearance of the material while in the 3D view.

Enable enhanced surface detail

The Enable enhanced surface detail property determines whether or not the material will have increased detail when viewed up close.

 

Stringer

Description

Use same material as deck

The Use same material as deck property determines whether the step stringers will use the primary deck material or a different material specified by you. To enable selection of a separate stringer material, click the Use same material as deck checkbox.

Stringer material

The Stringer material property determines what type of surface is applied to the stair stringers. To change the stringer surface, click the small image that displays the current material.

Material options

The appearance of the stringer material can be modified by clicking the small button that appears to the right of the material image.

Size

The Size property determines the scale of the stringer material. For example, if the stringer has a wooden board material, then the Size slider will adjust the size of each board.

Angle

The Angle property determines the rotation angle of the stringer material.  To change the material angle, move the Angle slider or type a value in the text field.

Offset X

The Offset X property determines the stringer material’s left and right orientation. To shift the material left or right, move the Offset X slider or enter a value in the text field.

Offset Y

The Offset Y property determines the stringer material’s forward and backward orientation. To shift the material forward or backward, move the Offset Y slider or enter a value in the text field.

Shininess

The Shininess property determines how glossy the material will appear. To change the appearance of the material, click the Shininess drop-down menu and select from the following options: Default, Off, Low, Medium, or High. The shininess property only affects the appearance of the material while in the 3D view.

Enable enhanced surface detail

The Enable enhanced surface detail property determines whether or not the stringer material will have increased detail when viewed up close.

 

See also:

Adding Deck Stairs
Adding a Deck
Setting Object Properties
Selecting Objects
Editing Objects