Number of "one side open" rectangular stairs
These treads (stairs) are rectangular in shape and will have spindles that are inserted into one side of the tread which are located under the handrail. The other side of the tread will "Butt up to" the wall. This is a very common stair tread.
Total stair count
Many of the items listed in the "Additional Options" category below depend on this box to provide accuracy. So to be sure that you are getting the most accurate estimate possible, enter the "TOTAL" number of stairs of all types of stairs that you are having redone.
Number of "closed" stairs
These type's of stairs, also called "Boxed stairs" will butt up to the stringer on either side of the staircase. There will be no spindles inserted into the treads. If there are spindles present, they will be inserted into the stringer tops running along side the stairs. This is a very common type of stair.
Number of "both sides open" rectangular stairs
This type of stair is rectangular in shape. This type of stair will not have either ends of the stair tread adjoining a wall, and will have spindles inserted into both sides of the tread.
Number of "one side open" "pie shaped" stairs
If you have a "Spiral" staircase you will generally have between five and eleven "pie" shaped or "wedge" stairs. The larger end of each "Pie shaped" stair will form a radius which follows the stringer radius by the wall. The smaller end of the stair will have a less noticeable radius. This is where the spindles are inserted.
Number of "triangle" or "trapizoid" stairs
If you have any of these types of stairs, they will generally be grouped together in a series of three stairs. First a triangle, then a trapezoid (Kite winder) followed by an additional triangle. These three steps in series will make up a 90 degree angle turn in the staircase. Sometimes you may have only 2 stairs, both of which are triangles making up the 90 degree angle turn.
Number of "one side open" 1st step/bullnose stairs
If you have any of these type's of stairs you will only have "one" per staircase. This stair will have spindles on one side, and will butt up against the stringer on the other side.. Typically the shape of the stair will have a 180 degree radius on one side of the tread. This will be the very first stair in your staircase.
Number of "open riser" stairs
This type of stair does not have a riser. (which is the vertical piece that would rest between each tread on a conventional staircase). When walking up these types of stairs, a person is able to see the floor below as they walk up. This type of step requires a finished tread underside. If this describes your type of staircase, then enter the stair count.
Number of "both sides open" 1st step/bullnose stairs
If you have any of these type's of stairs you will only have "one" per staircase. This stair will generally have spindles on both sides. But not always. Typically the shape of the stair will have a 180 degree radius on both sides of the tread, unless another staircase is directly beside it continuing up/down another level. Then one side will be finished with a straight edge. This will be the very first stair in the staircase.
Will carpet removal be required?
Some of our past customer have removed the carpet themselves in order to save a few dollars. Typically it will cost about $117 for us to do this. This procedure is inclusive of tack strip, underpad and staples also being removed.
Do you want your stringers/skirtboards refaced with hardwood?
Stringers are the "Zig-Zag" pieces of wood that your stairs butt up against. If you would like the stringers to be colour matched to your new stairs, then select "YES" here. By selecting this option, we will provide you with new hardwood stringer veneer which will match exactly to your new stairs. We can make your white stringers that were provided by the builder look like a solid piece of hardwood.
Do you want a colonial style look? (``NO`` must be selected above)
If you are looking to provide some contrast coupled with an ageless design, then check this box. Ensure that you have "NOT" selected "YES" to the question above because it would be pointless and a waste of money for you to have the stringers done in hardwood if indeed you will be painting over them.
If new handrails are required, enter linear feet
If you plan to have "NEW" handrails supplied and installed, enter total length of any and all handrails measured in feet. If goosenecks turns end easements are required this may not be reflected in estimate. If your existing handrails are to be sanded and finished or if nothing will be done to them at all, then leave this area blank.
If colour matching your "existing" handrails, enter linear feet
Here you need to measure the total length of any and all "EXISTING" handrails that you plan on having sanded and colour matched to the colour of your new stairs. If the handrails are to be replaced or untouched, then leave this area blank.
If spindle replacement is required, enter spindle count
Here you will enter amount of "NEW" spindles only. If your staircase plans do not involve new spindles, then leave this area blank.
Choose spindle replacement material
Any type of spindle can accommodate whichever style of staircase that you have planned. Just choose your desired spindle/picket material.
If spindles are to be painted, enter spindle count
This option does not mean "Stained". Generally this option would be selected if a colonial style staircase was desired. It can be a cost effective alternative to replacement. We do not sand spindles. If you want to change the colour of the spindles, then new ones would need to be purchased. It's actually cheaper.
If new newel posts are required, enter newel post count
If your newel posts are outdated or damaged, and would prefer a more modern or clean look to your staircase project, then enter amount of newel posts to be replaced. Leave blank if your existing newel post will remain.
If colour matching your "existing" newel posts, enter newel post count.
Newel posts are the large vertical uprights that help support a handrail. Newel post will generally be found when the staircase turns in a different direction and at the bottom of a staircase. Only enter an amount here if you are NOT having new newel posts installed. If your existing newel posts are to your satisfaction, only just the wrong colour, then enter total amount of newel posts that require a colour change here. If your
If new bullnose / footrails are required, enter linear feet
Enter amount here if you plan to have NEW bullnose provided and installed at the top of the stairs and/or NEW footrails around a balcony or stairwell opening
If colour matching your "existing" bullnose / footrail's. Enter linear feet
A Bullnose/footrail is the edge of the floor that surrounds the stairwell opening. Only enter an amount here if you are NOT changing the material. An amount should only be entered here if your EXISTING bullnose/footrails are to be sanded and colour matched. If you select this option a"Finishing option" below must be also selected.
If new circular bullnose/footrail's are required enter linear feet
If you are looking to replace the Bullnose/footrail of a circular stairwell opening, indicate the linear feet here. If you plan to have it sanded and re-stained do not enter anything here, enter it in the option directly above instead.
If you have landings, enter landing count
Choose how many standard size landings that you have. A standard size landing is up to 13 square feet in area and is usually present on a staircase with a 90 degree angle turn. If your staircase has a landing and turns at a 180 degree angle you must choose "2" landings" because the area will be at least 21 square feet of area.
Choose landing material
Some people prefer to look at a landing as a small floor, so they would like us to use hardwood flooring boards. On the other hand, others prefer to look at a landing as an overgrown stair, and thus would like us to have the landing made of solid hardwood that matches the new stairs. In our opinion, a solid hardwood slab cut to fit is more elegant and flowing than hardwood flooring boards.
Baseboard material preference if landings are required
Generally, if the staircase design has accents of white, like a colonial design, then white baseboards are an option. But, if the design is all hardwood, then you really should be using hardwood for the baseboards as well.
Choosing landing trim if so desired
Choose an option if you would like to accent your baseboards with a bottom trim. If your existing baseboards are remaining, then this option must be selected.
No finish - We leave whatever we have built in the raw wood state. Seal and polyurethane - A coat of protective sealer is applied, followed by a light sanding, then a liberal coat of polyurethane is applied
Stain, seal and polyurethane - Which ever staircase parts, such as stairs, stringers as well as options that read "colour matching" will be stained to your preference followed by Seal and polyurethane If a "colour matching" option is selected anywhere, you must select a finishing option