Wooden staircases look magnificent when they’re installed correctly. However you need to have some planning behind you, to avoid possible mishaps along the way.
A wooden staircase is fabulous in a household full of adults, however it isn’t suitable for households with pets, elderly residents or young kids. If you have any of the above, then consider carpeted stairs, it’s a much safer option. Wood, although beautiful, can be notoriously slippery, so consider this before purchase.
Solid or Engineered Wood?
Once you have decided on a wooden staircase, you can select between solid or engineered wood. Solid wood is just as its name suggests. The stairs are cut from one solid plank of wood. Engineered wood is based on a combination of wood and other materials such as MDF or plywood. Whichever way you go, you can be sure that you’ll have a visually-appealing and durable staircase.
The Step-By-Step Process
It’s essential to get a solid fix for the wood along the staircase foundation. Firstly, remove any carpeting and padding from the steps. Pull out any staples or nails. Then thoroughly clean the steps with a vacuum to remove any dust glue and wood particles. You should then measure the riser on the bottom step, and cut some stair risers to the appropriate height. After this, secure the stair risers to the steps and finish them by hammering nails into the corners.
The next step is the floorboards. Measure out the surface of the bottom step and then cut the floorboards into shape using a circular saw. Then use a hot glue gun to secure them into place on the steps. After this nail the boards in using finishing nails. Then, it’s only the finishing touches that remain.
The Bullnose Profile
If you choose to use solid wood on your staircase, one advantage is that you can make the edging look attractive by applying a bullnose profile. This is a rounded edge on each step or tread that can be machined into solid wood. Alternately, if you’re using engineered wood for your stairs, then you can create a bullnose separately and attach it to the steps at the end. Regardless of your method, the end result will be sleek, contemporary and stylish.
If you choose to use engineered wood, then you will create the bullnose separately. Firstly, measure out the steps with a tape measure. Then cut a bullnose for each step using a jigsaw. Apply glue to the back of the bullnose and push it into place on each step. Hammer finishing nails into the side of the bullnose. After this, the only part remaining, is to place wood putty into each nail hole to disguise the holes.