AVOID THE CARPET or LVT TRAP FOR YOUR STAIRS–TRY SLIP RESISTANT OILED WOOD INSTEAD
I have spent the last 20 years trying to help folks eradicate all of the toxic flooring from their homes while at the same time time staying on budget and using things that are practical for hectic households. Something that comes up repeatedly is the issue of how to take care of the stair treads. Many pre-finished or site finished wood treads are too slippery for most folks and leave pets scrambling to move about the house. This leads folks back to carpet. boo!
We have a better solution–use any of our wide plank, oiled engineered Oak or Hickory floors to clad your existing staircase in something that is non-toxic, slip resistant, and gorgeous! After removing the carpet on your treads, your installer will cut the overhang of your existing tread. Next she/he will cut the planks to size and glue onto that old tread. A piece of the flooring is also used for the riser (the part that your toe kicks). The final touch is when the installer will cut a 2″ strip of the flooring and miter that to the tread, creating a visual that gives the appearance of a chunky, 2″ thick tread.
The overall cost of this set-up is about $50 worth of flooring + whatever labor expenses you may have. This is clearly less expensive than carpet and also helps you avoid the toxic out gassing of vinyl or carpet that can linger for months. Say no to plastic and carpet and yes to breathable, non-slip wood.