Restoring Wood Stairs
Your stairs are one of the most noticeable aspects of your home. They’re also one of the most used. After thousands of trips up and down them over the years, they can start to look old and worn. If this is the case with your stairs, then our wood stair restoration service will be just what you need to bring them back to their former glory as the main showpiece in your home. Usually this is included as an addition to a floor restoration project so the floors and stairs match and blend seamlessly together.
After sanding and refinishing countless staircases over the years on the South Shore, we have the skills and specialised experience your stair project needs.
Finished set of sanded and stained stairs
Stairs being sanded
Stained stairs with a hardwax oil being applied
What a Stair Restoration Involves…
Even though they may make up a small area in comparison to your floors, restoring stairs takes a lot more time and effort per square foot. We can use specialty sanders on the main part of the tread but a lot of work has to be done by hand.
A normal room only has four corners to hand scrape, each tread has a number of corners and angles that need hand scraping and hand sanding. Times that by the number of treads you have and the number of spindles and moldings we need to scrape around and you can see why it’s so much extra work.
A lot of caution is needed so the spindles, risers and stringers aren’t damaged. It’s easy to see why it’s the most costly part of the refinishing process when calculated by square footage.
Do We Sand and Refinish Every Part of the Stairs?
No. We only sand and refinish the treads and sometimes the riser if they are made of solid wood. The handrails, spindles, stringers etc. are not part of the floor refinishing trade. These are done by staircase specialists.
The most professional way to take these parts back to bare wood is to have them removed and then dipped in a special solution that removes all the finish. Once dry they can be re-installed and finished. This provides a better finish as no wood is removed (thus keeping its full original shape) and it usually ends up being faster too. We can help with any questions you have about removal and re-installation if you decide to go this route.
If the stair parts are in good shape, then painting them is another option. It’s a very popular choice and you’ll see many examples of refinished treads with painted riser, stringers and spindles in home décor and architectural magazines. It gives as nice crisp, clean look.
Painted stair parts are easy to maintain long-term too, especially the risers (the vertical part between the treads) that get lots of abuse. It’s much easier to apply a quick fresh coat of paint vs a full sand and finish. This is what we strongly recommend to our customers, it saves money and makes the staircase look great at the same time.
Will My Treads and Floor Match?
We will use the same finish used on the treads as we do on the floor so it all blends together. Please note, in some older houses, treads are made of a different wood. If this is the case in your home, we will try hard to match them to the floor but it won’t be possible to get a perfect match unless we replace them.