Carpeting on stairs is common in most homes. But is it right for you? Are you looking to give your staircase a bit of a makeover? Consider switching from carpet to hardwood. Here’s how to beautify your staircase by switching from carpet to hardwood.

Before you start ripping the carpet from your stairs there are a few things you should know. For starters, Do-it-Yourself aficionados might want to closely consider whether this is the type of project they really want to tackle. It might be a good idea to leave this one up to the professionals. Steps that were designed for carpet often require replacing the treads underneath with solid, hardwood treads with finished nosings (the front edges of each tread). The risers typically are treated with a new, finished surface as well – sometimes painted white to blend in with skirting or spindles. Spindles, skirtings and pie-shaped or curved steps all require custom carpentry work. Again, unless you are a qualified carpenter or remodeler, you may want to save yourself the time and money and consult with a professional.

Want your new staircase to be a visual highlight? You can always jazz up your hardwood stairs with a carpet runner. A carpet runner application typically allows four to six inches on each side of a step (on standard steps). The exposed, stained sides of the stair treads serve as an elegant frame for the decorative runner. Oftentimes your staircase is one of the first things people see when they enter your home, so a beautiful carpet runner is another great way to showcase your unique stairs.

Interested in learning more about replacing your carpeted stairs with hardwood? Give Tish Flooring a call today at 317-879-8474, or visit TishFlooring.com!

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