Installing Hardwood Floors on Stairs – Advantages and Disadvantages of the Design

Installing Hardwood Floors on StairsInstalling hardwood floors on stairs will not only make your home more comfortable but will also make it look more luxurious. Let’s look at some details of the installation that you can use for a beautiful design.

So what can you do to your new stairs that not only emphasizes the general design of the house, but also makes it look more rich?  To talk about hardwood installation on stairs, first let’s look at what parts it consists of.  On the stairs there are two main parts: the tread and the riser. Tread – it is the area on which your foot is landing, and riser – this is the part that faces the toe of your foot, and is located between the two trades at an angle of 90 degrees.

If the stairs are high, then they must have railings on one or both sides. Railings have a dual role. First, they make your climb to the top floor faster and easier, and secondly they make your climb more secure.


When installing hardwood floors on the stairs, you have a choice between two designs of treads and risers. They may be a type-setting (from the same material as the entire floor in your home) or solid. What are the advantages and disadvantages of these designs?  If your funds are limited and you want to save money, then your choice is to stay on the steps of typesetting.  Ask your floor installer in advance about his experience installing these kinds of stairs, since not all installers can do it well.

Solid steps were made in the factory and look much better than dials. They are made of natural wood and once installed require painting and polishing. If you want to design your home to look luxurious and plan to install unfinished hardwood, you will not find it then you will not a find a better option than whole steps for your staircase.

Additionally, installing hardwood floors on the stairs of your house using the typesetting way, you have to add one of the most important parts – nosing. It is installed at an angle where it joins treads and risers and makes the design of the stairs more beautiful. And yet, patterned steps in the total amount will cost you less. If you buy ready-made treads, you do not need to buy additional nosing, as they have already done this on the treads.

And one more detail concerning the type-setting steps. The store can offer you two options of nosings – prefinished and unfinished. Prefinished nosing is covered stain and varnished in the factory. If you choose unfinished nosings, you floor installer must do this same job. Which option is best for you?

The answer you will find after a further explanation:  Prefinished nosings are much more expensive than unfinished, but their color and hue are completely consistent with the color and tint of your prefinished hardwood floor.  Unfinished nosings are cheaper, but after painting and varnishing, their color is almost always different from the general tone of the prefinished floor installed throughout the house. Sometimes this little flaw gives a special charm to the stairs.

And most importantly – Installing hardwood floors is not only on the steps, but all over the house, and you can improve the overall design by following the instructions and advice of your floor installer.

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