When looking at flooring for our homes, we too often overlook a suitable flooring material for our stairs. Indeed, while we use our stairs every day, we rarely pay attention to the material used for the treads. This is something that shouldn’t be ignored. After all, installing the right flooring on stairs can greatly improve their functionality and safety.
But which material should you choose? Hardwood flooring, laminate flooring, and vinyl flooring are all great options. The Reno Superstore has some useful flooring tips that can help you make the best choice for your stairs.
Let’s take a look.
Top Flooring Options for Staircases
Since stairs are such a high-traffic area, it just makes sense to pick appropriate flooring for you and your family’s safety and comfort. We will explore our top picks for staircase flooring options shortly.
But, first, here are some aspects to keep in mind when starting out your project.
At The Reno Superstore, we always keep a wide range of flooring options in different price brackets in stock so you can pick the ones that best suit your taste and budget. We cannot stress enough how important it is to stay realistic about these factors.
Hardwood flooring is on the higher end of the price range, while carpet and vinyl flooring are on the lower end. Laminate and engineered hardwood flooring fall somewhere in between.
Take time to calculate the area of installation. Then factor in installation charges, with a potential 10% overage in terms of how much flooring material you should have on hand. It is very important to have a realistic budget for the best results.
- Level of Maintenance
Every floor needs to be maintained. But, because of how busy we all are, it is advisable to pick a flooring material that requires only as much care and upkeep as you can offer. That way, you don’t spend more time and effort taking care of your floors than you can afford.
One of the most important flooring tips we offer our clients is to learn how to care for and protect their floors properly for the best results.
- Noise Control
No one wants creaking staircases. When flooring is not installed properly, it can lead to exactly such a problem. So, if you want, for instance, your solid hardwood floors to not make too much noise, make sure to have them installed professionally and add carpet to further reduce noise.
- Slip Resistance
Stairs are a common site of slip & fall injuries. It is especially important to take precautions if you have elderly family members or active teens and children. That is why it is important to choose flooring surfaces that are not slippery; to minimize the chances of accidents.
- Traffic Considerations
Pay attention to the amount of traffic that a particular staircase is going to receive. Remember, not all areas of your home will have the same type of traffic. For instance, the staircase leading to your bedroom will have more foot traffic than the one leading to your basement.
- Appearance of the Flooring
The look and feel of the flooring you choose is also important. Consider the overall appearance of your home and choose a flooring option that best suits your budget and style.
Now, here are some flooring material options you should consider for your space. If you are remodelling your home and getting new staircases, make sure to understand how to choose a staircase design before you make your final choice.
1. Vinyl Flooring
One of the best options for your stairs is vinyl flooring, which is both highly adaptable and reasonably priced. Available in various designs and finishes, this flooring option can mimic everything from stone to hardwood with ease.
Whether it be luxury vinyl planks or tiles, high-quality vinyl flooring is waterproof, stain-proof, and recommended for moderate to high foot traffic staircases. Plus, they are easy to clean and maintain.
Note: vinyl flooring can be noisy, and, once damaged, will need to be replaced as it cannot be refinished.
2. Laminate Flooring
This is another great option within a budget for your stairs. Laminate is a stylish and durable material that can be installed as stair treads with confidence. Laminate flooring is scratch-resistant and perfect for moderate to high foot traffic staircases.
Note: laminate flooring cannot be repaired once damaged. Also, this flooring is not waterproof by nature so look for waterproof laminate flooring if it’s to be installed in a space that will be exposed to moisture.
3. Hardwood Flooring
This highly-desired flooring material is just as popular for staircases. Elegant, durable and one of the most coveted flooring options, hardwood stair treads are in demand mainly because of how they look.
There are different types of hardwood available which is why there are different types of hardwood stair treads too. Look into available hardwood species to get the results you desire. Also, do not forget to acclimate your hardwood flooring before installation.
While they are on the more expensive side, these treads are easy to clean and maintain. However, when wet, hardwood floors can become slippery, increasing the likelihood of a slip & fall injury. So, install a no-slip carpet or a carpet runner to minimize this possibility.
4. Porcelain Tiles
These are highly durable, adaptable, and stylish flooring options. The best thing about porcelain tiles is that they can be installed on both indoor and outdoor staircases. Porcelain tiles are available in many designs and finishes which makes them one of the best choices for high-traffic areas.
These can be installed in both residential and commercial settings but tend to be slippery. That’s why it is a good idea to choose matte-finish porcelain tiles for moisture-prone areas such as bathrooms and swimming pools, to improve traction.
It is very important to choose professional installers via The Reno Superstore for the best results. Subpar or incorrect installation will lead to issues that are best avoided.
5. Carpet Flooring
Carpet is one of the most common choices for staircase flooring in Canadian homes. It is durable and reasonably priced and has a soft and comfortable feel underfoot.
Plus, it is great for improving the safety of your home and cutting down on noise. Typically, there is hardwood, vinyl, or laminate flooring beneath the carpet. So, adding a carpet, no matter the flooring, can be a good addition.
This type of flooring does however trap dirt and tends to get dirty quickly. Also, it retains moisture, stains, and odours. If you have children or family members who suffer from allergies, regular cleaning is vital.
Among all the flooring tips that we can offer, we always believe that you should choose flooring options that suit your lifestyle and budget. Staircase flooring is an important decision that should be made with a lot of thought and care. It is important to take your time, consider the above-mentioned factors, and only then choose the appropriate flooring for your home. If you are not sure which type of staircase flooring to install for your home, you can always consult the experts at The Reno Superstore.