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Old 01-09-2009, 07:30 PM   #1
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What should I do as far as style for the hardwood floor? I was thinking a hand scraped and distressed hickory for the floor. This leaves me confused about what to put on the stairs. The stairs need to be single pieces. It would be really easy to just get the hardwood boards from the local home improvement center, but then it wouldn't match.


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Old 01-12-2009, 07:10 PM   #2
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Nobody has an opinion??

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Is there a stair option when you buy your flooring? Help me out here.
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:46 PM   #4
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there is not always single piece options...you need to use the same wood for the same look.
Wilsonart has one step stair treads in lam......
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My general advice to customers when it comes to putting hardwood on steps that weren't designed for them is DON'T.

When the carpet comes off, you'll see that the steps likely have lips to deal with and gaps between the wall and the steps. Sometimes the gaps are small. Sometimes not.

The lips have to get furred out or cut off.

Do these steps butt to a wall or vertical surface on both sides?

I've measured thousands of homes for flooring installs and you wouldn't believe some of the complications I've seen when asked to measure for wood on steps.

Separately, you'd think that a mom who has a son who has been in the flooring business for a long time would take the son's advice, but no... when I told mom not to put hardwood on her steps, she didn't listen and the first time she walked down the steps in socks she took a tumble (no broken bones, thank God).

Also, stairnose pieces aren't cheap. You generally get 2 steps per stick and generally need 7 sticks or so. That right there can cost over $400.

You could put the most expensive carpet out there on the steps 5 times for the cost of putting wood on it once.
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The stairs only but up to the wall on one side. The other hangs off the edge. I think the wood on the risers is pine but I could be wrong. The carpet is coming off where it folds over the exposed end plus it is a hideous color. I really want to stay away from the laminates. I would consider solid or engineered. Does anyone have any links?
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So, let me picture this...

On one side you've got a wall.

On the other you've got a railing and the carpet currently is cut around the posts and is upholstered over the edge?

You're going to have a real problem trying to make that work with wood.

Go back with more carpet. Get good stuff tight and dense but long enough that it doesn't "grin" at you where it wraps over the edge.

Have a pro install it.
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You could try products from Naturally Aged flooring. They have handscaped/distressed hardwoods and matching stair treads & risers. Not sure about buying direct but they can probably steer you in the direction of a local retailer.

http://www.naturallyagedflooring.com/index.htm
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You could put the most expensive carpet out there on the steps 5 times for the cost of putting wood on it once.
Boy, that sounds like fun. Plus the carpet will eventually look matted and crushed and be harder to clean.
I see your point about safety however millions of people have wood on steps and tile on floors and all sorts of other harder to recommend materials based on total safety. I have no problem recommending the safest material possible but there are also other factors that are at play here.
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You're going to have a real problem trying to make that work with wood.
Correct...a DIY'er will have a real issue with this looking good. However a pro will find it extremely possible and can make it look very nice.
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Pictures of the steps with the carpet off, taken from various angles would help.

Does the existing tread lip over the wall-line?

Is this a railing that goes up and right angles off onto a catwalk in an open-design home? You might have a problem lifting the stair portion alone...

If it's a lip-over now, are the posts for the railing set back where the lip can be cut off? If not, you might have to mess with finishing off the underneath of the overhanding edge somehow...

Take your shots and post 'em...
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Yea, pics would help. I would however think that any open ended stair would be a real challenge even for the best DIY'er. But it would be nice to see some pics anyway.
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I will post some pics soon. We are supposed to get keys for the house tomorrow.

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