Beautify Your Home With Hardwood Stairs
Another great way to add beauty and value to your home and compliment the hardwood floors, are to replace the dirty, worn out carpeting on the stairs with new hardwood treads and risers.
Although it is not incredibly difficult, it is a tedious, time consuming and requires precision work. In most homes, the staircase is a main focal point so it's a project typically best left to a professional.
There are two main ways to accomplish this project. The first is to install strip flooring with a stair nosing and the second is to use solid treads and risers installed over the existing framing. In either case there is some prep work involved.
The old carpet must first be removed to expose the stair framing. It's sometimes installed in separate pieces and in other cases it's one single piece that wraps the steps from top to bottom. There will be tack strips and staples that hold the carpet down that will need to be removed as well.
After that is complete, the existing nosing must be cut back flush to the riser and away from the stringers. This is best accomplished using a skill saw or a reciprocating saw. Once the stairs are cleaned up they are ready for the new wood.
The new wood, weather solid or strip, is installed directly on the existing framing. The solid stair parts will be cut to fit each individual step as tight as possible. The use of a stair jig is recommended for this. If strip flooring material is being used, each individual board is cut to fit and a stair nosing is used to finish off any open sides.
In some cases, it may be difficult to get a nice tight fit due to warped stringers or walls. In those cases, it may be necessary to use a colored caulk or a piece of small wood trim to hide any imperfections.
This is a job best left to a professional, but with the right tools, materials and a lot of patience, it could be a very rewarding do it yourself home improvement project.
Contact Alpine Flooring in Boulder or Denver, for your home's wood floor stairs installation and/or refinishing needs.
Or give us a call at your convenience: 303-884-8020