Best Flooring Option for Stairs

flooring for stairsStairs are not just functional in your home; they can be a feature aspect of your decor as well as a conversation piece that you highlight. You could just want the stairs to be safe, pretty and functional for everyday use if it is just your family that will see them.

There may not be as many flooring options for stairs as other places in your home, but there are some design aspects that can be very elaborate. The main safe options for stair flooring will be discussed in this article.

• Carpet
Carpet is generally thought to be the safest option for stairway flooring. It is less slippery and offers more cushion than other flooring options for stairs. Carpet may or may not be a person’s favorite option but it can be very versatile and have some creative aspects as well. Carpet is generally the cheapest option for stairs.

Carpet has the shortest lifespan of the most common flooring for stairs. It also is harder to keep clean, and hold allergens. Dragging a vacuum up or down stairs to clean carpet can be hard work or even dangerous. Read more on How to clean carpeted stairs.

• Hardwood
Hardwood is probably the second most popular choice in flooring for stairs. It can be very versatile; you can get super creative with hardwoods. Hardwood has a much longer lifespan than carpet. Find the best upright vacuum for hardwood floors here.

Hardwood can be slick and create a higher risk for slips and falls, you can put anti-slip strips or a carpet runner to lessen the risk. Hardwood has its own specific type of care, but it will last longer than carpet.

• Tile
Tile offers a wide variety of options for designing a very eclectic look in stairway flooring. Tiles can even be made from natural stone to incorporate into a natural decor.

Tile has many different finishes that can be chosen to be safer, less slippery.
Tile finish options can make this a safer option from slips and falls. Depending on the grout and type of tile used, it may need sealed on a regular basis. It is easier to keep clean than carpet and will last much longer.

• Cork
Cork is a very Eco-friendly option for any type of flooring, but especially for stairs. It is soft and much less slippery as well as very easy to keep clean. The surface of cork is naturally non-slip and softer than tile or hardwood.

Cork is very easy to keep clean; it can just be swept with a broom. It is renewable and green making it a great Eco choice. The design options may be somewhat more limited with cork, and it may be a more pricey option than others.

The 4 flooring options above are the most common and safest coverings for stairs. They all can have creative design aspects as well as traditional decor options. They each have pros and cons to weigh into your final choice.




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