What are my options for wood stairs coverage?


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Old 07-28-16, 12:57 PM
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Question What are my options for wood stairs coverage?

I am putting down cheap tile squares until we can get the money for hardwood floors so that's what you see on the bottom stairs.

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Anyhow, I stripped the carpet off the stairs and of course I need to get the padding off. We have dogs and they just dirty up carpet so we are trying to stay away from anything the easily dirties.

What are your guy's suggestion on covering these stairs? Paint them maybe? Any suggestion on what to put on them that isn't slick?

What are your thoughts?
 
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Old 07-28-16, 01:15 PM
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What is wrong with slick? Hardwood treads are normally coated with polyurethane and are smooth after sanding and applying 2-3 coats. The handrail is the main deterrent against falling.

Looks like they are 2xs, if so you can either clean them up and poly them or prime and paint them. Sometimes they use plywood under that carpet and if that is the case paint is the only choice.
 
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What is wrong with slick?
I'm going to assume he doesn't want his dogs sliding down the steps.
 
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I would think anything slick on stairs would be a bad idea, but that's my inexperienced opinion
 
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How about some inexpensive indoor/outdoor short nap carpeting. Polyurethaned stairs can be slippery depending on your footwear. Also, the dogs may not be comfortable walking on polyed stairs due to lack of traction. Something to keep in mind is that when you eventually put down hardwood floors large dogs' nails can scratch it.
One more thing.....there are building codes that dictate stair tread and riser dimensions. If you remove the carpet and don't replace it your stair risers may no longer be code compliant.
 
 

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