We are currently having maple hardwood installed. It was going to go up
the stairs as well but after removing the carpet on the stairs it was
determined that it would not be possible to put hardwood on the stairs due
to the type of construction. I appologize ahead of time because I am not
familliar with all of the terms. Apparently because the treads go into the
stringers and are not on top of them, it is not possible to replace with
hardwood. Does that make sence? Each tread has a bull nose and is nailed
from below to the riser above it. There are no nails in the tread itself
(at least none can be seen from above) and the ends go into the stringer.
He said he has seen someone once cut out the treads but when the job was
done the stairs ended up being completly replaced. I do not know if there
is any alternative. He is almost done with everything else and he was
going to talk to someone else for ideas on the stairs. If anyone has any
ideas please let me know ASAP.
Yes, they are not nailde from the top making removal very difficult at best.
I don't know of any easy alternatives. If you want to cover them with a
thin material, such as laminate or engineered wood, it can be done right
over top of the existing stair, You have to cut the bullnose off and
replace it with the new one made to match. I have this on my stairs.
For 3/4" hardwood, it would throw off the rise of the top and bottom steps
if you were to go atop the existing treads. The bottom step would be higher
than normal, the top lower than normal.
You may want to consider refinishing what is there to match or contrast the
I think he said the stairs were pine, a few of them have cracks the width
of the step. He did offer re finishing them as an option except for the
I thought it would be possible to saw off the bull nose flush with the
riser, that wouldn't affect the strength of the stair, and just nail the
hardwood to the step. He has pieces that have a bull nose. They seem to
be the exact size. Then the same thickness of material would be added to
the floors and steps. That seems like it would work to me but I don't
install floors for a living so I might be missing something.
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