Residential Design Trends: Staircase Finishes


Often as homeowners, we don't pay as much attention to our staircase as we should. Don't make this mistake. A staircase should not only add beauty to your residence, but it needs to provide maximum functionality. What you choose for your staircase can make life easier for yourself, young children, seniors, and even pets!

4 Stair Finishes to Consider

Carpet -- One advantage of carpeting on your stairs is that it will help to prevent slips experienced by family members who aren't steady on their feet. If a fall does occur, carpeting also provides a softer surface, so an injury is less likely. Pets can often maneuver better on stairs with carpeting too because they have something to cling to as they go up and down. A significant disadvantage of carpeting is that it wears down quickly from repeated traffic, which can make it look shabby. Carpeting also gets easily soiled, so you'll need to vacuum and shampoo it more frequently.

Wood -- A wooden staircase and steps look gorgeous in any home. Wood is long-lasting because it holds up even under excessive traffic. This type of staircase is also easier and cheaper to keep clean. One disadvantage of wooden steps is that they can become slippery if you wear socks or slick-bottomed shoes in the house. You're more likely to fall if you go too fast. Pets also often have problems with wood or get scared going down wooden steps because their footing doesn't feel secure.

Carpet Runner -- If you choose to put a runner on a wooden staircase you can still enjoy the beauty of the wood while providing safety and a soft cushion. If your carpet runner needs replacing, it's easier to switch out than carpeting, as you won't have to match it with any other carpet in the house. A runner will also protect the wood on your steps. A disadvantage is that you'll need to clean the runner like you would with carpeting. You'll also need to watch out for a runner that comes loose which could cause a hazard.

Porcelain Tile -- Another excellent choice for a staircase is tile. You can tile just the front of each step or the entire step. Tile is durable and a breeze to keep clean. If a tile becomes damaged, it's easily replaceable. Tile also adds elegance to a staircase which can increase your home's value. A disadvantage is that tile is pricey. The grout you use can discolor if not sealed properly. If you fall on stairs that are completely tiled, you're more likely to get hurt. Pets are also more prone to slipping on steps with tile.

Choosing the type of staircase finish for your home is an important decision. However, many options exist so that you can find the perfect solution for your family. For more information about remodeling your staircase or other areas of your home, please contact us today.