Replacing carpet with wood treads on stairs


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Old 01-24-15, 08:04 AM
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Replacing carpet with wood treads on stairs

I have a an enclosed (boxed) staircase that turns 90 degrees with a small landing. Carpet gets old and needs replacement. I favored the idea of carpet for safety. This leads to the first question:

1.) How safe (slipping) are wood stairs? Can I add something in the finish to make it more slip resistant? I know that I do not like carpet runners. If anything I would stick with full carpet.

2.) Are there engineered threads? Any pros& cons?

3.) Can the treads be finished before installing? Is it common? I am looking for a complete tread that includes the nose. I am trying to avoid the mess of sanding. Granted I will have a little for the landing.

4.) Budget: How much should I plan for a project like this installed? $2k?
 
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Old 01-24-15, 09:49 AM
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I wouldn't think that slipping on the treads would be much of an issue unless they were to get wet. Carpet does provide a slightly softer landing if you did fall.

Treads/risers get prefinished all the time. I prefer to prefinish them as it both makes the job easier and doesn't tie up the staircase. The final coat needs to be applied after installation.

As far as I know, all treads come complete with the nosing.
 
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I have heard complaints of people slipping on wood stairs. I did it once when I was about 14 and broke my tail bone. My fault, though.
 
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Old 01-24-15, 11:28 AM
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I have Bona wood finish on my main floor.
So, I wonder if the an anti slip product like this makes a difference?
Bona Traffic Anti Slip
 
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A contactor mentioned that I need stringer extension for my project. I thought the stringers is the wood with the cut "triangles" in the back, holding the steps?
 
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Without more info and a picture where not going to know why he suggested that.
What's the run and rise?
 
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Old 02-04-15, 04:07 PM
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Approximate measurement due to carpet and padding on it:
run: 10.5" - rise:7.5"

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Stair Treads

1.) How safe (slipping) are wood stairs? Can I add something in the finish to make it more slip resistant? I know that I do not like carpet runners. If anything I would stick with full carpet.

Polyurethaned steps will be slippery if you walk on them in your socks.

2.) Are there engineered threads? Any pros& cons?

I did solid hardwood...

3.) Can the treads be finished before installing? Is it common? I am looking for a complete tread that includes the nose. I am trying to avoid the mess of sanding. Granted I will have a little for the landing.

I refinished before installing. It's a good idea to do so. You can find bullnosed treads at good lumberyards. HD has them but are more $ and not as good as what lumberyards will have.

4.) Budget: How much should I plan for a project like this installed? $2k?

3/4" unfinished solid red oak treads will run around $20 per tread. Good oil based poly will run $35 - $50 per gallon. 1 Gallon should be enough.

You can buy a stair tread gauge for around $150 or make your own out of scrap plywood.

What will do with the landing?

Read more: http://www.doityourself.com/forum/ne...#ixzz3RFOHYVGa
 

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I've lived with wood stairs with and without landings, very easily. In fact, since carpet reduces the depth of the tread by just a little bit, I sometimes feel uneasy on carpeted stairs with my big feet. I like it when I can get more of my foot on the riser, so plain wood is better than carpet.

Yes, sock feet and soft-soled slippers make wood stairs slippery. Barefoot's not bad, or else shoes.


Carpet's a real nuisance where it's allowed to wear through or get torn - such as on basement steps or landings. Carpet's hazardous then.
 
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Old 02-28-15, 04:49 PM
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I got a quote in the $4k range. Seems high.

Does anyone have experience with this kind of retrofit tread?
StareCasing Hardwood Stair Overlay System

Seems to cut installation cost and complexity. For example, the existing nose does not to be trimmed.
 
 

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