When Converting your carpeted stairs to hardwood, Should you redo the stringers
When having your staircase remodeled, which more times than not involves converting your carpet stairs to hardwood. This is a scenario that arises the majority of the time. "Should we re-finish the stringers". If your design plans are to have the entire staircase in Oak or Maple etc.., and your stringers are currently construction grade lumber which is typically Spruce (usually painted white), then you will have no choice but .....
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How important are hardwood grades?
This is a difficult question to answer
Notice the difference in board widths. The top-left board is the correct size at 3 1/4", the top-right board is 3/16" thinner at 3 1/16". This particular hardwood was rated "Select grade". These two boards were pulled from the same box.
So how can you tell if the hardwood flooring that you are considering is justly graded Select and better, or Select?
Is the grading system Standard across the industry?