One of the most important aspects of stair design is the flooring you will use once construction is complete. You should keep in mind that the stairs is a high traffic area, so the materials used will need to be able to withstand the amount of use they will receive. There are generally four different flooring materials that can be chosen; in this article we have aimed to look at each of these in closer detail in order to help you come to a final decision.
When it comes to modern stair designs, carpet is probably the most popular choice for flooring. This material is a fantastic choice because it comes in so many different colours and textures, ensuring that you can complement the theme and décor of your home. It is also a great choice if you are looking to reduce noise or to increase traction, as the material muffles the sound of people’s footsteps and provides them with a better grip. Many homeowners also find that carpet helps to reduce the amount of dust present in the home, which is always a bonus!
The use of tile is more popular on commercial projects (notably offices and showrooms), but it has also gained some popularity in designs for the home. It is often chosen because of its easy-to-clean nature – all you need to do is give it a quick wipe and you’re done – and because of the availability of colours and patterns. One of the main problems associated with tile, however, is that it can become slippery and could pose a serious safety hazard should it become wet. When used commercially, signs must be displayed on the stairs if water is present.
Whilst stair designs utilising glass are rare, they do make for a stunning work of art. It is popular in architecturally designed buildings that want to make a memorable statement (and, boy, does this work!). Because glass can come in varying thicknesses and texture, it is essential that you work with a stair builder who has experience working with these sorts of designs. This will ensure that the glass used is suitable for such a purpose and that it won’t easily break. If you want to make a dramatic statement, consider using LED lighting in conjunction with the glass.
This is probably the second most popular choice for flooring, as stairs are constructed using timber so it makes sense to leave them au natural. This material is a fantastic choice because it comes in various sizes, colours and textures – it can also be stained to match the rest of the timber in your home. When it comes to a timber design, you will need to practice the same safety measures you would with tile or glass (as wood can become slippery when wet). Many homeowners like to polish their treads so that they are shiny and nice to look at.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter which of these beautiful materials you choose to use as flooring in your stair design – they are all able to withstand the demands of high traffic use, they can all be traversed safely (even by children and the elderly – when appropriate safety precautions have been taken), and they are all an attractive addition to your home or business. If you are having trouble choosing a flooring, speak with your contractor!