Training: Building Your Knowledge Base

We want our qualified customers to join us in seeing what is good in our products and services. When they do, they become advocates. And the best way to become an advocate, is knowledge. Below are resources to

  • provide you with a better understanding of who we are and what sets Ascension Stair Parts apart from other stair suppliers
  • add to your knowledge of stair building and the industry at large

What Makes Ascension Different?

This sales-training powerpoint gives detailed reasons for choosing Ascension Stair Parts, then closes with merchandising and a sales guide:

  1. Small business: nimble and personal
  2. Features and benefits
  3. Service
  4. Customer satisfaction

An Introduction to Stair Parts

Perfect for a presentation to dealers (not installers) or salespeople new to the stair parts category, this PDF teaches stair parts basics:

  1. Stair anatomy and terminology
  2. Styles
  3. Stair parts
  4. Installation

In addition, check out our Stair Parts Glossary as a quick start reference guide.

Replacing Wood With Hollow Iron Balusters? Baljak Keeps It Simple!

Designed to install 1/2" hollow iron balusters, the Baljak anchor simplifies installation: no shimming or scratched caps. Baljak applies to open-tread and knee wall applications, on both rakes and balconies and requires just a drill with a 5/16" driver and construction adhesive.

Check out the video at left to see how simply and easily you can install or replace hollow iron balusters.

QwikTreads - For A Fast Quality Install

  • Available as separate components or as a kit (includes tread, riser, and riser edge moulding~for one complete step), Ascension designed QwikTread for greatest flexibility.
  • 12-1/2" deep, 6-ply solid core treads for ample trimming and for superior stability.
  • Riser is wood one side; primed, the other.
  • Straight or returned ends, oak or maple.
  • Returned treads are mitered both sides, allowing you to cut one end to make LH or RH without assembly.

Check out the video at left to see the QwikTread installation steps.

Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association

The Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association is dedicated to bringing together stairbuilders, manufacturers, and distributors in order to grow the industry and to foster greater knowledge. The SMA offers excellent resources such as:

  • Stair Code Visual Interpretations
  • A Treatise on Stairbuilding and Handrailing
  • A Simplified Guide to Custom Stairbuilding and Tangent Handrailing
  • Modern Practical Stairbuilding and Handrailing

Visit the SMA site to download and purchase.

stair artist Use the Stair Artist tool to easily create a staircase with newels and wood or iron balusters.
remember other parts Need railing, newels or hardware? See our Products page.