Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Red Oak - Wood Stair Building Lumber

Red Oak is probably one of the most popular hardwood lumber's sold in Southern California. The picture below provides you with an excellent example of a piece of Red Oak that has been stained. This building material is an excellent choice for stairs, wood trim and cabinets.

Hardwoods And Lacquer Stair Treads

I can't think of one type of hardwood that you couldn't put enough lacquer on to end up with an extremely smooth surface. I'm here to warn you, that the words smooth and stair treads, shouldn't be used in the same sentence.

Smooth stair treads create slippery stairs and slippery stairs cause accidents. I don't care how nice your stairway is going to look, after you have applied some type of sealer or lacquer to the finished treads or steps.

I have seen some incredible looking stairways and some of them have been polished regularly, for so long, that they're almost impossible to use safely.

It doesn't matter how beautiful something is, if it's not functional, what's the point. Stairway should be built for safety first, usability second and then last but not least, as a creative inspiration, if necessary.


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