Q: We’re currently replacing our flooring with a few kinds of wood, How do I choose from the various options?
A: You’ve been going down and up those stairs in your home for many years, so it is tempting to think they are the same as they were. But nothing lasts forever, not even things that we take for granted. If you are starting to hear creaks, or seeing cracks in the wood or discoloration, it could be time to change the treads. Not to be confused with the tire tread, the steps are the planks over the top of the stairs your legs steps on as you walk up or down.
The vertical plates between the stairs are known as risers, as well as the sawtooth-shaped bits supporting the staircase from beneath are stringers. Each one of these pieces has to be fitted together to avoid creaking as the staircase is being utilized. If it is time to address any squeaks, cracks or other stairs complications, it is a great chance to increase their beauty as well. Stairs with a runner could increase the graciousness of your home. Ranging in price to match any spending budget, stair treads could be matched to any décor.
Poplar Stair Treads: Lightweight, and somewhat soft for a hardwood, poplar is fine-grained in white to yellowish-brown. It paints well and is simple to cut.
Beech Stair Treads: Stronger than oak or maple, beech is a reddish-brown wood that’s straight-grained.
Ash Stair Treads: Quite strong, ash is grayish-brown in color and grows around the United States and Canada.
Red Oak Stair Treads: Tough, strong, rigid with a pronounced open grain oak resists warping. Its reddish color finishes well but is hard to cut.
Hickory Stair Treads: Very strong, hickory is known for its distinctive look and sharp contrast in dark and light color. Mid-priced Hardwood.
White Oak Stair Treads: Tough, strong, white walnut is available grained, although not as pronounced as red oak. It resists shrinking and warping, has a golden color, and finishes well.
Hard Maple Stair Treads: hard, hard maple bits with bird’s eye or wavy grains are prized. Its color ranges from reddish to almost white in color, and it finishes well.
Cherry Stair Treads: The beautiful markings in cherry have long fascinated woodworkers. The heartwood varies from light brown to reddish-brown and will darken with time with exposure to mild.
Walnut Stair Treads: Tough, heavy, extra strong with a rather pronounced, straight grain, walnut resists warping and shrinking. It’s light to dark brown in color and finishes well.
Mahogany Stair Treads: Durable and fine-grained, mahogany resists shrinking, warping, and swelling. It finishes well and is simple to cut.
Birch Stair Treads: Tough, strong and fine-grained, birch resists shrinking and warping. It’s comparable in color to maple and finishes well.