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A Simple Procedure for Installing Hardwood Stair Treads

Maya Pillai Jun 30, 2019
Carpet treads can wear out if the staircase is used frequently. Hence, installing hardwood stair treads is a better option. Find out more about it from the following information.
Hardwood flooring is becoming popular rapidly. You can replace the carpet covering with strong, anti-skid hardwood stair treads.
These treads not only add charm and elegance to your home, but also help in preserving the existing staircase. Moreover, cleaning hardwood flooring is an easier task. You can add various floor rugs to the treads to enhance the homely atmosphere.
Installing these treads is one of the many do-it-yourself home improvement projects that you can take up. Before you plan to do it, make an overall examination of your staircase. If required, get a carpenter to check if the existing stairs are sound and that no screws have become loose.


1. Begin by removing the carpet strips and glue from the staircase. Do not worry if the wood gets scratched or grooved in the process.

2. Saw off the existing nosing of the treads. Clean the steps and railings. Remove the spindles (long screws) from the stair treads. Save them for later use.
3. Using construction glue, stick the hardwood flooring planks on the stairs. As the stringer (the plank that connects the two steps) does not wear off easily, it is advisable to use plywood of the same color as the hardwood.

4. Trim the edges of the staircase treads and fix the moldings to cover the seams; also replace the screws that were removed.
5. Fill the dents in the wood with a matching wood putty or a wood wax. The putty should dry before you use a sandpaper to smoothen the wood.

6. Lastly, apply the wood varnish or paint. For the treads to last, use a good quality wood primer.
Allow the primer to dry before applying the varnish and follow the instructions given by the manufacturer while doing the same. Apply several coats to the stair treads instead of a couple of thicker applications. Allow the varnish to dry between the coats.

Points to Remember

  • Get a quotation from various professional carpenters or flooring companies before buying the treads. The type and design of the treads will largely depend on your budget. Make a well-defined plan that meets your budget.
  • Buy the stair treads from a reputed dealer.
  • Do not choose six feet treads for four feet steps to avoid unwanted wastage.
  • Do not use two wooden pieces for a single tread. This can cause creaking in the future.
  • While placing an order for the treads, order a couple of extra pieces. These can be used in case there are any flaws in other pieces.
This installation procedure requires good manual skills, precision, and patience. Begin this project only if you are confident of getting a good and satisfactory end result. You can always approach a professional flooring company or a carpenter to undertake this project otherwise.