The stairs in this East Vancouver home had become unsound as a result of water ingress over the years. Pressure-treated timber had not been used when it was constructed, making the existing material a catalyst for rot to occur. The structure had to be replicated by replacing the old rotten timber with new timber, which helped to improve the appearance of the staircase and more importantly, make it safe and sturdy.
Older stairs often have loose or missing treads, splinters, or worn out treads, which can look very unattractive and be unsafe to walk on. Old stairs are often noisy and squeak or groan when people walk up and down, which can be very annoying for homeowners. If the squeak is coming from old nails, you could try to install crosshead screws into the holes in place of the existing nails, and this might help reduce the squeak. If your stairs continue to squeak after doing this, or has obvious aging detriments, then maybe you need a full staircase replacement.
Traditional wooden stairs have become a popular trend in recent years. The benefit of wood is that you’re able to design your stairs into whatever style, color or size to fit your home. Wood is durable, and will last for many years. A staircase is built to last, and can be protected with either carpet, varnish or paint. A wooden staircase will also add to your home’s value, and since it’s a popular and attractive choice it may help you to get your asking price if you’re selling your home.
Stairs can also serve multiple purposes, and they aren’t just there for function. They can be a focus area in your home and improve its appearance and design. Stairs can also be used for exercising.
Boru Carpentry will help make your staircase a reasonable investment into your home’s future and value.