HARDWOOD STAIRS INSTALLATIONS

 

 

Regardless of your particular staircase design. Whether it be a Winding or Spiral staircase, A Staircase that incorporates landings or odd shaped treads such as Diamonds, trapezoid or triangles, or even Open riser stairs.

 

"StairSteps" is a company that specializes in the installation of any type of "hardwood staircase". If you reside in the GTA, especially Oakville, Mississauga or Toronto,

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MOST COMMON TYPES OF STAIRCASE

 

 

Closed stairs

A closed staircase, also known as "Boxed Stairs" will have a wall on either side of the staircase. The stair treads and risers will but up against the staircase stringers on either side.

Open one side stairs

A one side open staircase will have one side of the treads and risers adjoining the wall, where as the other side of the treads will slightly extend (which is the nosing and return) over the stringer. Spindles or pickets will be inserted into the stair treads open side of the staircase supporting the handrail.

Open both sides stairs

A both sides open staircase will have both sides of the treads slightly extending over the stringers (which is the nosing and return). Therefore with a both sides open staircase you will have spindles or pickets on either side inserted into the stair treads supporting the two handrails.

Open riser stairs

An open riser staircase only has treads. There are no risers. You will be able to look straight through the staircase. This is great for allowing light to enter an area, where as in a conventional staircase the risers would have blocked the light. The underside of the treads must obviously be in a finished condition. One caveat is that you lose "Under the stairs" storage.

Spiral or circular stairs

A spiral or circular staircase will typically turn 90 degrees from top to bottom (or from floor level to floor level). One side is usually open and the other closed. Along with a "First step" usually curved on the open side, you will have a combination of rectangular as well as "Pie shaped" treads which makes up the 90 degree angle between levels of the home.

Stairs with Landings

A staircase with a landing will typically turn 90 degrees from top to bottom (or from floor level to floor level). All of the treads will be a rectangular shape. The landing which is typically about 10 to 12 square feet in area will allow for the 90 degree turn in the staircase. Landings can either be finished in regular hardwood flooring planks or boards, or a solid hardwood piece cut to fit.

Stairs with triangle and Trapezoid treads

 

A staircase that has triangular and trapezoid shaped treads will also generally make up a 90 degree turn in the staircase from top to bottom (or level to level). This type of staircase will have a triangle then a trapezoid followed by an additional triangle shaped tread. These odd shaped treads are cut out of solid hardwood to fit

 

   

 

Oak staircase showing stringer skirtboard

Oak staircase showing stringer skirtboard

Should we do our stringers ?

 

 

 

 

When having your staircase remodeled, 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 to have them Hardwood veneered in order to create the look that you desire.

When we apply this process, we can make your stringers look as if they were a solid piece of hardwood, completely matching your new stairs. The top (perpendicular to the wall), sides (parallel to the wall) as well as all other small surfaces will all need to be veneered. New hardwood trim will also replace the paint grade trim that rests atop the stringers.

On the other hand if you currently have hardwood veneered stringers, then we can sand off the existing polyurethane and stain, then re-stain, seal and polyurethane to the desired colour.

From a financial point of view the cost to reface your stringers in an Oak veneer, will cost significantly more than the sanding and staining option.

Sometimes our clients are faced with the dilemma of having construction grade stringers. And financially they do not want to install an Oak veneer. Well all is not lost. A beautiful colonial style staircase can be achieved. This is done by re-painting the stringers, installing white risers, keep the existing handrails and sanding, staining and finishing them. The new Oak treads (Steps) will be stained and finished to match the handrails. Now the money saved on not veneering the stringers can largely offset the cost of installing new wrought iron spindles. Now were talking ...

But what if your current stringers are veneered with a colour that you like? Then we do not have to do anything, other than match the new treads and risers to the current colour.

The point here is this. No matter what type of staircase that you have, or what you budget is, we can turn your current staircase into a focal point.