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Question DetailsAsked on 3/13/2015

Aproximately what should it cost to have the carpet on steps replaced with wood?

There are about 16 steps with a small landing between the two set of steps to the upper level. We are interested in getting the carpet on them replaced with wood.

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Assuming the risers are good - properly spaced, so he does not have to rebuild the underlying framing to get a consistent riser height, and that these are straight run stairs, not curved stair with curved or tapered steps.

If the banisters,railings, etc do NOT penetrate the steps, but are mounted outside the step area so they will not have to be touched during the installation of the steps, then typically about $100-200/step for a full staircase - figure landing as probably equivalent to 2 steps if only about 3 feet square. If the steps have to be cut in around the railing/bannister supports or they need to be removed, the steps put in, then reinstalled then probably more like $200-300/step. Of course more if exotic wood.

A thought - especially if your house is such that people track in dirt or sand or gravel or some people in your house wear boots with tread that traps gravel easily - wood steps, even with several coats of polyurethane, scratch up readily, so you might consider laminate rather than true hardwood (maybe half the materials cost), because otherwise you might be into refinishing the steps (which almost always always means removal to do it) every few years for from 1/4-1/2 the cost of new installation. A good brand laminate will last maybe twice as long, and replacement costs less the next time around because the existing steps can be used as cutting templates and there is no riser trimming or shimming up needed up like there is on the initial install.

One other thought - if stairs are over office or living space, you might consider having installer put a pad under the steps to cut down on noise - the bubblewrap type carpet pad works well.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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