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A Guide to Choosing Flooring for Stairs

Stairs are perhaps one of the most trafficked areas of a home. There are many factors to consider when choosing the flooring for stairs. You will want to consider the material’s durability and maintenance, frequency of use, budget, and personal preference. We’ve highlighted the best options for you to check out below!

1. Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are timeless and beautiful. Additionally, hardwood complements most home interiors. Many people will accent a hardwood staircase with a carpet runner. This also protects the hardwood from dents and scratches. You can also install hardwood end caps and lay carpet in the center of the staircase.

2. Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a durable option that is also cost-efficient. Style-wise you can do the same with laminate that you can with hardwood. Keep in mind that while laminate flooring is an inexpensive alternative to hardwood and is relatively durable, it is susceptible to water damage. It can also be tricky to install click together laminate on stairs, depending on the dimensions of the stairs where it is applied.

Check with your local flooring center for other options, such as bamboo or waterproof flooring if flooring a basement.

3. Tile

Tile is perhaps the most durable of the flooring options. Many people prefer tile for kitchens, restrooms, and laundry rooms, but it can be used on stairs. Because of the weight, it’s best if the substrate is concrete, rather than wood. You can also use tile as an accent on the risers.

Tile will not be easily damaged and does not need any special maintenance, but it  may not coordinate well with all home interiors. It is also important to consider who will be frequenting stairs floored in tile. Small children, the elderly, or anyone else who may have difficulty walking might have trouble on the slippery surface of tile flooring.

4. Carpet

Carpet is cozy, warm, easy to install, and can easily coordinate with most home interiors. However, because of the frequency of foot traffic on stairways, carpet, especially plush carpet, can be worn down quickly. When choosing to carpet stairs, it is best to choose a shorter, dense carpet for stairs.  

Which Flooring Is Right for You?

Ultimately, the choice of what flooring to use on the stairs in your home comes down to you, the homeowner. Consider your budget, personal taste, and the needs of your household when determining which flooring is the best for your home.

Dalton flooring has been doing business as a Carpet and Flooring store in Southgate for 40 years. We also have a new location in Rochester Hills, MI. Whether you visit our store or choose to have samples brought to your home for a Free In-Home Estimate, we have a range of flooring designs and products to help you achieve your desired goals. 

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