Basement stairs

Old 01-25-04, 05:44 PM
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Basement stairs

I am remodeling the stairs that go down to my basement. my plan is to remove carpeting that is on the stairs (wood is underneath the carpet) and have decorative tile on the risers and buy some quality 1x12 oak and router and finish it myself for the treads. Here's the questions:1. Is it best to screw or glue the oak treads.2. What is the best wear resistant finish for the oak treads. 3. What type of tile should I use or stay away from.4. My current stairs have carpet on the sides of the walls with a wood strip running the lenth of the stairs, I guess this is for protecting the sides of the wall, Do I need this on the remodel? Thanks for the help and any suggestions that might help! Phil
Old 01-25-04, 06:39 PM
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Be VERY CAREFUL when choosing tiles for stairs.

Let the sales person at the tile store recommend tiles for stairs. Just because tiles are good for floors doesn't mean they are good for stairs!!

My GF's parents recently tiles some stairs at their home. I have dubbed these stairs the stairs of death. If you have so much as a drop of water on your feet these stairs are slippery, same goes for socks.

So if you have children or frequently run down the stairs you must remember that there will be a bit of adjustment from carpet to tile.

Just my .02

Good luck

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