You may have considered – or are considering – hardwood stairs for your home. If you have hardwood floors on the main level, it might make sense to carry that look up to the 2nd level via hardwood stairs. In most cases, the same stain color would be used to tie the two together.
There are often two considerations that hold many back – cost and safety. So let's look at these issues . . .
Cost – The national average cost to carpet stairs, as well as the average cost in Colorado Springs, is about $1600. This includes the carpet itself, the installation, and the materials used during the installation. This cost would apply to a middle-of-the-raod carpet – not the best, not the worst. Other factors in determining cost are: the exact number of stairs as well as the size, shape and complexity of treads, risers, and stringer skirts (see diagram below).
How does this compare to the cost of hardwood stairs? We would charge between $2,000 - $2,500, depending on options, to do hardwood on these same stairs. That's about 25% - 55% more. Probably not as much as you would have thought. Here are some other considerations:
Safety - Many steer away from hardwood stairs because of the potential for slipping and falling. The concern is legitimate. That's the main reason railings are required. Many have had hardwood stairs for years and years without incident - including myself.
For those that are concerned, Bona company - considered by many to be the leader in hardwood floor products - has a new finish product they say is "anti-slip". I have it on my stairs and it's amazing! There is no abrasive in this finish, but it definitely reduces potential slips and falls. It is especially noticeable when wearing socks.
So there it is. Hardwood stairs are indeed an excellent option. Call us for a free estimate: 719-262-9663.