Staircase Flooring Options
Monday May 09, 2011
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Every home with more than a single story will have a staircase where the width, height and configuration will vary
according to the building design. Staircases have various flooring options. Your decision on what to select should be
governed by their structural and functional use in your home. Here are some flooring options for staircases.
Ceramic or porcelain tiles can provide a modern chic look or a rustic earthy finish. Tile is very easy to clean and
maintain. The drawback to tile on stairs is it can be very slippery. Imagine walking down tile stairs in only socks. A
slip and fall on tile might be a very painful experience.
Hardwood flooring gives a staircase an unmatched elegance with a classical look. Keep in mind stairs tend to be very high
traffic areas so if you are installing wood on stairs, keep the janka hardness scale in mind. The harder to wood, the less
prone it will be to dents. Scratches and scuffs usually have to do with the finish on the wood and not its hardness.
If you love the look of hardwood or tile, you might want to explore laminate. Laminate offers a range of designs and
colors and can mimic hardwood or tile. Laminate is a very durable floor that can withstand a high traffic area like a
staircase. Laminate is also very easy to clean and maintain.
Carpeting is one of the safest staircase flooring choices. You have a choice of using a carpet runner to cover existing
flooring like tile, laminate or hardwood or doing a full carpet on the stairs. One of the biggest complaints about carpet on
stairs is the fact it’s difficult to keep clean and lugging a vacuum cleaner up and down stairs can be very tiresome and
Consider the age group of the people who will be using the staircase. Safety is a major criterion which must factor into
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Thanks for sharing. Great idea
You can choose engineered flooring in a full range of hard wood looks for your high traffic areas. Engineered flooring is easier to install and a lot less costly. Engineered flooring (not laminate flooring) is made of wood, but it is finished into strips that lock together and that can be installed to any hard surfaces.
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You will have some serious thinking to do before you make the final decision on what's the best flooring option for stairs. Think of the family members (their preferences), their age group (risk and health factor) who will be using those staircases each day. Giving due consideration with these factors, you will find the answer to your stair decorating needs.
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A brilliant idea! It help's a lot for those who are just starting to build a house. This article give's a good option for staircase flooring design. -a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/ScottSohr" Scott Sohr/a
Fortunately, I don't have a staircase in my home
I really like your article, it was very informative. I was however missing one of the greatest floor coverings when it comes to stairs: Sisal. It is super durable, easy maintenance, slip resistant and can add a whole other dimension to a room.
Excellent article and good info