Installing Aluminum Treads on Concrete or Brick

What you will need:

  • Your Handi­-Treads
  • Clear liquid silicone (OPTIONAL)
  • 3/16” drive pin anchors
  • 3/16” masonry drill bit
  • A hammer
  • A power or hammer drill

We recommend using a hammer drill but a power drill will do the job. Types of Fasteners Handi­-Treads recommends using drive pins to fasten your treads to your stairs. Ensure that each drive pin is at least ¾” long.


There are 5 steps included in the proper installation of Handi-Treads on concrete or brick. The process is the same if you are installing one tread or one hundred. If you find that you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at (847) 680-7700.

Handi-Treads installation on concrete-Step 1-measure

Align the tread in the desired position. If you are installing a tread on stairs, set the long edge of the Handi-Tread approximately 1⁄2” from the edge of the stair.

Handi-Treads installation on concrete-Step 2-marks-pilot-holes

Using a pencil or marker and the tread as a template, place a dot in each of the pre-drilled holes for the drive pin anchors to mark the placement of the drive pins on the concrete surface. Note that the pre-drilled holes are not raised, DO NOT use the raised traction bumps for your pin placement.

Handi-Treads installation on concrete-Step 3-drill-holes-specific-depth

Remove the tread from the stair. Using a 3/16” masonry drill bit and your hammer/power drill at each marked spot, drill a hole into the concrete deep enough to accommodate the length of the concrete drive pin you are using (attach tape to bit to ensure the right depth of hole). Make sure that you are drilling perpendicular to the surface. Use caution when drilling the holes. Add optional silicone to each hole.

Handi-Treads installation on concrete-Step 4-set-pin-anchor

Place the tread back in position, making sure that each pre-drilled hole is above each drilled hole, then place a pin anchor in each of the holes. The excess silicone will flow out of the hole leaving you with a watertight seal that prevents any water from collecting within the pinholes, which might cause the concrete to fracture if it freezes and expands.

Handi-Treads installation on concrete-Step 5-set-pin-anchor-with-hammer

Starting in the center of the tread, work your way to the outside, hammering each pin anchor to tightly hold the tread against the concrete. Installation is complete when all of the anchor pins have been hammered into position and the tread is fastened in place.

 You can download a pdf copy of the installation instructions here.