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Selecting a Staircase Material and Personalizing your Staircase Design




Welcome back to another helpful New Homeowner’s Guide from Pinto Carpentry!  Today ,we’ll be talking about different available options for indoor stair materials, so you can make the best educated choices for your both safety and looks!  Let's learn about selecting staircase material and personalizing your staircase to your aesthetics.


We want our customers to feel knowledgeable and confident when it comes time to select options and schedule a custom measurement and fitting session.  After reading this blog and comparing materials, we hope you will have a solid understanding of possible options for your budget and the potential cost of your estimate and custom quote.


How do I know what option is best for my home?


Your professional stair builder and installer will be happy to guide you through available options and price points, and select the safest choice for your living arrangements and needs. 

Please bear in mind that some materials may not always be available in all markets, luxury materials may be a longer wait or higher price point.  Although some options look beautiful, they may not be practical or suitable choices, especially for those with pets or small children.  Some materials fluctuate in cost and availability due to market pricing and supply chain availability, and others may not be available in your region.  It is recommended that homeowners remain flexible and prepared with more than one preferred option.


Note: This blog is for educational purposes only, and is not a guarantee of what materials we may be able to access for your project. When selecting natural wood options, please bear in mind that slight variation in character is normal, and you may receive slightly different wood grain or hue than sample pieces, and knots in the wood are a normal occurrence.


Selecting and Personalizing Your Staircase Materials and Finish Options


What materials may be available for me to select for my custom stair build?


Stair building materials come in a variety of quality wood selections depending on supplier and market availability. The most commonly used materials are Red Oak, White Oak, Hard Maple, Pine, and Poplar.  These options are generally readily available, easier to source, sturdy and durable, and versatile enough to customize.


Additional wood options such as Brazillian Cherry, American Cherry, Ash, African Mahogany, Hi



ckory, Walnut, Teak, Black Locust, Cedar, and even Eucalyptus may be possible.  These woods are a bit pricier, and may not be as easy to acquire as the above mentioned more commonly used materials.


If you’re concerned about damp environments, flooding, or other regional weather concerns, your stair builder will be able to help you select the best, most durable material for your budget and building needs.


How can I further personalise my custom stair build?


If you’re looking to match your stairs to your current hardwood floors, or perhaps coordinate them with your custom front door or interior doors, it may be possible to match materials or to stain them a similar hue.  If you have a stair design with open risers, you can customise the safety bars in the open space with satin black metal bars, stainless steel bars, etc. and your railing installer may coordinate your indoor handrail to match. Some homeowners like to add their personal touch by painting the stairs, or combining painted + stained natural wood elements.


How do I make my stairs safer for pets, elderly persons, and children without sacrificing their beautiful finish?


Open risers look very modern and trendy, but there are higher risks involved with pets, children, and the elderly. Closed riser staircase designs will minimize those risks for many homeowners.  When calling for an estimate, your stair builder will be able to help you assess if open or closed risers would be more appropriate for your situation.


Installing LED ceiling lights in the stairwell can ensure clear visibility with low-cost energy use. Make sure to install light switches at both the bottom and top of your staircase. In addition to bright stairwell ceiling lights, consider adding stair lighting with LEDs.  LED lights come available in a variety of widths, sizes, shapes, and colors, and dimmable options, which is another way way to add a custom touch style and personality to your staircase as well!  Experts recommend installing the lights on the bottom of the wall near the staircase for each stair, with extra special care taken to illuminate the bottom step which has the highest hazard risk for falls.





Adding details like runner rugs over the top of painted or stained stairs means the style can easily be customized without the hassle of refinishing.  Customize the look even further by using stair carpet runner rods in your choice of metal finish and finial or decorative elements.


If you don’t wish to install a full runner down the staircase, options such as anti-slip tape strips and rubber or rough stair tread pads may be a great choice.


When upgrading your home’s staircase, we also recommend updating your indoor handrails as well. This ensures the new railings and stairs will be completely up to code. Your professional railing installer will ensure the handrails are installed at the proper height (30-36” from the floor) and are installed securely to the studs in the wall so they won’t rip out.  Additionally, it is best to make sure you have handrails installed on both sides of the staircase for safety.



If you’re looking to upgrade your staircase and railings, Pinto Carpentry would love to get the job done!  We have more than twenty years of industry experience, and serve most areas and regions of New Jersey.  To inquire about our bespoke stair guilds and custom indoor handrail installation, just give us a call at 908-922-1778 to request a custom evaluation and quote.  Our experienced staff will be happy to guide you through the process and get you scheduled in as soon as we can.  We are available for both residential and commercial projects.

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