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Hardwood floor installation over stairs, install over current steps or remove current steps?

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I would like to upgrade our stairs to match our 3/4 " hardwood floors, I researched in the web were some methods involved removing current carpet and steps and others were you install on top of it. I’m planning to use 1" pre-finished standard size stair treads and stair risers. how would I determine which method to go with? it would look to me that adding an inch to the steps would make them higher to step on.
Yes I meant to say that both methods involve removing carpet and padding, Which one will be easiest?
yes i am buying stair treads and risers to match my floor. treads the 1" x 36". It looks the current steps under the carpet are 3/4 construction plywood. thanks

I’m a carpenter & joiner and if you change the height of the rise than what it was before you mess with it, this will be deemed to be illegal, I know this means little to most people.

But I’ll tell you what could be the result, if your kids have a friend come for a sleepover and one trips on a legal set of stairs they will sue and the insurance will pay, if it is illegal the insurance won’t pay and you’ll lose you house!

What ever you do, just get it back to the dimension to what the rise were before any work done regardless of any extra work it may involve.

4 Responses to “Hardwood floor installation over stairs, install over current steps or remove current steps?”

  1. JerseyFrank Says:

    The first step may be higher, but all others will remain the same. You’re adding an inch, but you’re also an inch higher once you’re on that first step. If you have 3/4" hardwood on your floor adjacent to the step already, you probably already have a difference in height between the first step and the other steps.

    IMO, you have to remove the carpet and padding. I didn’t know that leaving it there was even an option.
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  2. Dr. Strangelove Says:

    You have to remove and replace the stair treads. If you put anything on top of them, the first step at the top and the bottom become too high.
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    I’m a builder

  3. rmisbach Says:

    Are you buying new treads to match your floor? What kind of treads are on your stairs now? let me know and we can go from there.
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  4. Rum_Corp Says:

    I’m a carpenter & joiner and if you change the height of the rise than what it was before you mess with it, this will be deemed to be illegal, I know this means little to most people.

    But I’ll tell you what could be the result, if your kids have a friend come for a sleepover and one trips on a legal set of stairs they will sue and the insurance will pay, if it is illegal the insurance won’t pay and you’ll lose you house!

    What ever you do, just get it back to the dimension to what the rise were before any work done regardless of any extra work it may involve.
    References :

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