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Remodel with Prefinished Stair Treads

Floors, Hardwood, Stairs - Directory May 23, 2009 Matt Weber

Fasten each tread with finish nails.

Fasten each tread with finish nails.

Finishing Up

I sealed all the nail holes on the new treads with fast-drying wood putty and, once it cured, I stained the putty to match the stairs. I used caulk to fill the nail holes on the risers. I then masked off all the seams between the white risers, white skirt board, and sapele risers with painters tape. Just caulk the seams, clean up your caulk lines, remove the tape, and the job is done.

Set the nails below the wood surface

Set the nails below the wood surface, fill the holes with wood filler or caulk, and finish up with a matching coat of paint.

Caulk all seams on the risers and skirt boards

Caulk all seams on the risers and skirt boards.

Prefinished stair treads spare you the trouble of procuring the wood, cutting and gluing-up your own hardwoods, and sanding and staining the treads. In other words, half the work is done for you, so installation takes only about 15 minutes per tread. For the do-it-yourself home remodeler, prefinished stair treads are a fast and efficient way to get the decorative results you want.


Side Note

Tread Size to Match

To make installation as easy as possible, offers the RetroFit line of replacement treads made of solid edge-glued wood and specially designed to match the thickness of 3/4-inch hardwood flooring. Each RetroFit tread has a 3/4-inch body that keeps the step height within code. With 3/4-inch flooring, installing a RetroFit stair tread actually raises the step height by exactly the same height as your new flooring. The RetroFit stair tread also uses a full 1-inch bull nose along the front edge to simulate a full 1-inch stair tread once installed.