Ideas for Stair Treads

Updated November 21, 2016

Stair treads are traditionally all wood, cement or wrought iron. They can be made a number of ways, but houses usually have wooden frame stairs and stair treads. Wooden stair treads can be beautiful and add value to a home, but they are also a hazard since finished wood can be slippery. There are a few option in making stairs less slippery and more comfortable. Carpeting and carpet runners are frequently chosen to cover stair treads and prevent slipping accidents, but other choices exist.

Hardwood Stair Treads

One option is to carve a relief or rough surface into the face of the wooden stair tread and then varnish over it. Carved hardwood stair treads are high end and not on most people's budgets. Carved softer woods, such as pine, do not work as well since they tend to wear faster, and the carved area will weaken the treads.

Leather Stair Treads

Another high-end look is leather stair treads. Much like a carpet runner stapled to the stair treads and risers, leather adds beauty and value to a home. However, high-end, foot-traffic-worthy leather stair treads are expensive and not to everyone's taste. Leather stair treads are a comfort to bare feet and pleasantly warm.

Glow-In-The-Dark Stair Treads

No need to turn on a light with glow-in-the-dark self-adhesive stair treads. They have a non-slip surface and attach much like non-slip shower treads. They must be applied to a clean, smooth, dry surface and pressed down firmly to ensure full adhesion. Glow-in-the-dark stair treads will add a bit of safety to stairwells provided they are recharged every 2 to 3 hours for 5 minutes.

Non-Slip Safety Treads

Cheap and easy to use, self-adhesive stair treads can be perfect for most slippery surfaces such as bathtubs, showers, boats, and hot tubs. Finding self-adhesive non-slip stair treads can be as easy as heading to a local hardware shop or boat shop. They come in a variety of colours (even clear), shapes, designs and widths, and they are easy to install. They are intended for porcelain, fibreglass and wood surfaces.

Carpet Stair Treads

Don't confuse these with carpeting or carpet runners; they simply lie on the stair tread surface. However, they can be a slipping hazard if not attached securely to the stairs using carpet-to-wood adhesive tape, staples or finishing nails. They come in a variety of styles and colour choices to match any decor

Heated Non-Slip Stair Treads

Either indoor or outdoor, heated non-slip rubber stair treads can take the work out of deicing outdoor stairs or provide radiant heat on indoor stairs. They are designed for non-slip protection on both sides.

Rubber Designed Stair Treads

Imagine the look of wrought iron stair treads with the safety of rubber non-slip material. Rubber designer non-slip stair treads can be used indoors or outdoors to provide non-slip protection.

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