Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Most Popular Treads

The most popular stair treads I can think of are made out of Oak. The second would be Poplar or any other paint grade wood or lumber. It's not uncommon to find a wide variety of different lumbers used for stair treads, but it's amazing how many times I run across a set of stairs that used a paint grade material for their risers and Oak for their stair treads.



Here's a list that I've created of the most popular treads, based on the years I've spent working in construction and the hundreds of hours I've spent working on this website. This list was created from websites I've visited and my personal experience. In other words, I don't have the money to do my own survey, so this list might need to be modified in the future.

The Most Popular Stair Treads

1. Red Oak is by far the most popular stair tread that I've ever seen and has been used for decades by professional Stair Builders, Architects and Home Designers. It's relatively inexpensive, durable and easy to work with.

2. Brazilian Cherry seems to be pulling up second place. Currently, almost every stair tread website that I visit, has it listed, right next to Red Oak. However, it would be third on our list, if I was going to create a list, based on the history of stair treads, instead of current trends.

3. Paint grade stair treads are both economical and durable. Stair building professionals have been using this product for centuries and probably will continue to use it, in the future.

Try to avoid getting caught up in the most popular stair tread list and try to find a stair tread that you like or fits your needs. Who knows, you could even start a trend and eventually your stair tread selection could be at the top of the list.


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