If you currently have carpet on your stairs and would like to have wood instead, you will need to install new hardwood stair treads. Installing hardwood stair treads can be quite difficult. If you are not confident in your abilities and are not a patient person, you should probably hire HSP Houston Stair Parts to do this for you.
- Remove the carpeting, padding, tack strips, and all staples from your stairs. Clean up anything that does not belong such as dirt, drywall mud, and debris. You may need to sand out large imperfections on the wood.
- Check the stairs for squeaks. Squeaks are often muffled by carpet. Make sure the steps are level and shim any that are not to remove squeaks. You can also use long screws to tighten down the stair treads.
- Cut off the stair nosing (the part that sticks out past the riser) so that a new nosing can be installed. Take measurements in 3 places on the underside of the stair tread for the depth of the nosing. Measure that distance on the top of the nosing and draw a straight line from one side of the stair tread to the other. Use a circular saw to cut the tread and a jigsaw to finish off the ends.
- Decide whether you want your stair risers (the vertical piece between each stair tread) to be stained wood or painted.
- If you are painting your risers you can use paint grade plywood or 1 x 8 MDF ,we recommend get the wood primed prior installation then sand and paint it.
- If you want stained risers, you will need to add new wood (stain grade). You should measure all of your risers individually since the probably are not all the same measurements. Cut your wood for the risers and install using finishing nails. Nail your boards in the very bottom of the riser and very top of the riser that will be covered with stair tread or stair nosing.
Note: When you cut risers to size, cut an 8- to 12-degree bevel along the edge that meets the tread. Nail the tread in place so the short side of the bevel is against rough stairs and the long side faces out. The bevel keeps the edge above dirt, saw dust, and bumps that otherwise would cause a gap in the seam. You’ll get a tighter-looking seam as a result.
- Measure all of your stair treads – do not assume that they are all the same. Cut the hardwood for the stair treads and install with adhesive (liquid nail) and no more than 6 (2″) finishing nails.
- Repeat the process until you get to the top of your staircase.