How To Convert Carpeted Stairs To Hardwood
Many homes have carpeted stairs, which can be both convenient and stylish. However, over time carpets may become worn or stained, making them difficult to clean and requiring replacement more often than other types of flooring. Hardwood stairs are a more durable and easy-to-maintain option that can last for many years with proper care.
Converting your carpeted stairs to hardwood is a project you can complete on the weekend with some basic tools and materials. Discover here how to do it.
1. Decide On A Type Of Hardwood
The first step in converting your carpeted stairs to a wood staircase is choosing the type of wood you want. The most popular materials for this project are oak, maple, cherry, and walnut. Consider factors such as overall appearance, durability, and cost when deciding.
2. Remove Carpet And Clean
To begin the conversion process, remove any existing carpet or padding from the stair treads and risers. Once these items have been removed, thoroughly clean all surfaces to ensure they are free of dust and debris.
3. Measure And Cut
Once your stairs are clean and dry, measure each riser and tread using a tape measure to determine how much wood you need. Carefully cut your chosen material to fit around corners and banister posts, using a saw or jigsaw for precision cuts.
4. Apply Wood Adhesive And Secure
Once your wood strips are cut to size, use wood adhesive to secure them in place on the risers and treads. Use clamps to hold the pieces firmly in place while the adhesive sets, then add finishing nails or screws to ensure that they remain securely attached.
5. Complete The Project With An Application Of Finish
To complete your hardwood staircase project, apply an appropriate finish to protect against water damage and general wear and tear. Consider a durable polyurethane varnish, wax sealer,
or stain, depending on your desired look and level of protection. Your hardwood stairs will look great for many years to come with proper care!
Best To Contact A Professional For Hardwood Floor Installation
It is possible to convert your carpeted stairs to hardwood stairs on your own. However, it is best to contact a professional. Hardwood floor installation can be tricky, and improper installation can damage your stairs or cause injuries to yourself or others.
At Hudson Hardwood, we have many years of experience with hardwood stair installation. We’ll complete your project safely and correctly. We even work around your schedule!