Not only do stairs bridge together the rooms and spirit of a space, they can also be the first thing that greets guests into a home. This functional and aesthetic purpose makes stairs the spine of a home. A well-designed staircase can create a smooth transition between different levels of a building. By connecting multiple floors, it encourages movement and interaction between rooms. It becomes a central element that ties the various spaces together, promoting a sense of unity and continuity.
At Fórte Flooring we can custom make any product to fit your staircase needs.
While our specialty lies in not constructing staircase structures from scratch, our expertise lies in utilizing our boards to clad stairs to achieve your envisioned design. We offer a spectrum of technical specifications and capabilities to transform existing staircases seamlessly, integrating them flawlessly with our wood flooring. Moreover, our planks are versatile, enabling the creation of distinctive, customized feature staircases within your home.
Our engineered oak planks, renowned for mirroring the coveted aesthetic of solid oak, are fortified with the structural resilience of engineered wood flooring, making them an ideal choice for cladding stairs.
Regarding custom stair nosing's, our repertoire includes a diverse range of shapes and configurations. Whether you seek a standard profile or desire a unique, bespoke design, our offerings cater to various specifications. We provide pre-finished engineered wood flooring meticulously crafted to complement your stairs seamlessly. Additionally, we specialize in hand-finishing processes that ensure color-matched nosing's and other bespoke details, resulting in a sophisticated, upscale staircase tailored to your preferences. The spectrum of possibilities extends to diverse shapes and designs, allowing for the creation of a stylish, high-end staircase that perfectly complements your interior aesthetics.
Stair case elements
Engineered wood flooring can be a great choice for staircases due to its durability, stability, and aesthetic appeal. It is made up of multiple layers of wood, with a top layer of hardwood veneer and underlying layers of high-density fiberboard (HDF) or plywood. Here's an explanation of its use on staircases, along with installation methods and advantages:
Use of Engineered Wood Flooring on Staircases: Engineered wood flooring can be installed on stair treads (the horizontal part of the stairs) and risers (the vertical part of the stairs). It provides a consistent look and matches the flooring on the rest of the house. This type of flooring is available in various wood species, finishes, and styles, offering a wide range of options to complement your interior design.
Installation Methods: Installing engineered wood flooring on staircases typically involves two methods: the cap-and-band method and the full tread method.
a. Cap-and-Band Method: In this method, the stair treads are covered with the engineered wood flooring, leaving the existing risers intact. A cap (also called a bullnose or stair nose) is used to cover the exposed edge of the tread, providing a finished look and preventing wear and tear. The cap is often made from solid wood or matching engineered wood and is installed over the front edge of the tread.
For the risers, you can choose to leave them as they are, paint them, or cover them with veneer or another suitable material.
b. Full Tread Method: With the full tread method, the engineered wood flooring is installed over the entire tread, including the front edge. This method provides a seamless and continuous appearance as the flooring flows from the stairs to the adjoining areas. The edges of the treads are often bullnosed to create a smooth transition.
As for the risers, they can be covered with the same engineered wood material or painted to match the overall design.
Advantages of Engineered Wood Flooring on Staircases: Engineered wood flooring offers several advantages for staircases:
a. Durability: Engineered wood flooring is highly durable, resistant to warping, and less prone to expanding and contracting with temperature and humidity changes compared to solid wood. This makes it a suitable choice for areas with high foot traffic like staircases.
b. Stability: The multiple layers in engineered wood, particularly the HDF or plywood core, enhance its stability and reduce the risk of cupping or crowning. This stability makes it less susceptible to damage from footfalls and heavy use.
c. Aesthetic Appeal: Engineered wood flooring provides a beautiful and elegant look to staircases. It comes in various wood species, finishes, and styles, allowing you to achieve the desired aesthetic to match your interior design.
d. Cost-Effective: Engineered wood flooring is often more affordable than solid wood flooring while still offering the appearance of real wood. This makes it a cost-effective option for staircases, especially when covering a large area.
e. Easy Maintenance: Engineered wood flooring is relatively easy to maintain. Regular sweeping or vacuuming, occasional damp mopping, and promptly cleaning up spills can help keep it in good condition for years to come.
Overall, engineered wood flooring on staircases combines durability, stability, and aesthetics, making it a popular choice among homeowners.
Classic Engineered Wide Plank Oak flooring installed throughout this kitchen/living area
Elegant Custom Made Stair Casing to match engineered wood floor.