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Choosing the Right Wood for Your Stair Treads

A white floating staircaseYour property’s staircase not only handles a lot of foot traffic but also sets the mood of your interior décor. Therefore, both functionality and aesthetic appeal are essential when choosing your staircase, according to staircase manufacturer ackworthhouse.co.nz.

A floating staircase is a perfect combination of functionality and beauty. There are different materials used for floating staircase treads, but wooden ones are an architectural masterpiece. The type of wood you pick is vital in the durability and overall look of your staircase. Here are a few varieties that you can select from for the perfect staircase:

Pine

If you are looking for durability and strength, then pine is the best choice for you. There are varying grades of pine available. If you intend to cover your treads with rugs, carpet grade pine is the one. Paint grade pine is ideal for those who want to paint their stairs to match their interior décor. Clear pine is best suited for highly visible areas.

Poplar

Poplar is light in weight and a bit soft compared to other hardwoods. It has a distinct grain and colour variation. It, however, paints well. It is used in carpeted and painted stairs. Poplar is the least expensive of hardwoods.

Ash

Ash has a heartwood colour ranging from natural blond to varying shades of brown and sapwood that is light to almost white. Stair treads made of ash have a similar appearance to red oak stair treads. Ash treads look great with a clear coat finish and both dark and light stains.

Cherry, maple and oak are also good options for floating staircases. Stairs made from these hardwood varieties are considered ‘’finish grade’’ staircases. High-quality hardwood is the best for floating stairs. Only wood with flaws and knots of a maximum 1/8’’ are therefore accepted. Solid hardwood floating stairs are the elegant finish to any building’s interior.

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