Ideal in what way? After eliminating the unsuitable woods (due to
softness, checking and the like) it's entirely your choice based on
price and the amount of effort to get a particular species to look the
way you want it.
low-end for this house? If the treads, risers, etc. are already in place and
still solid, that might be the least expensive way to get it pretty.
I'm not a big fan of the oak grain pattern, no matter how it's stained, but
that's just a personal taste issue.
You are looking at fairly major work, a waste in getting a house "ready
to sell". What is on steps now? What condition? What flooring is
above and below the steps?
May be cheaper, easier and adequate to make the house look good if you
just lay down an inexpensive runner.
I don't know what the floor is below. Does squeak and floor nail popping
out. If the wood on the house is any indication of what type of job they
did 55 years ago ( new siding put on ). Then the stair need to be looked
at. The Realtor coming out Monday.
What's covering it up now or do you mean you just can't recognize wood
If you're just trying to "fix-up" to sell, probably all that's needed/is
economically justified is to reset any loose nails, maybe shim a step or
two if there's access underneath, and refinish the existing treads...
It has to be done right and is not always easy. Mine has been in place for
about 7+ years now with no problems. If you have a stair with one end open,
it is difficult to install and have that end with the balusters look right.
Stairs with a wall on either side are far less problematic. you just cut
the width as needed for a piece for the tread and the nosing, then the
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