Renovate stairs functionally and visually

The renovation of stairs depends on the material and the state of preservation. If there is substantial damage, disguising or covering may be the most meaningful renovation. In many cases, repairs and refurbishment are possible. A checklist makes planning easier.

Checklist for the renovation

If you plan the scope and type of approach for the renovation of stairs, first take stock. The following checklist helps with the planning:

1. Are there functional defects such as unevenness, loose steps, rotting or cracks?
2. In what ways is the material of which the stair tread consists?
3. Do you want to keep the original flooring or is it hidden after renovation?
4. Is there an upper limit for the costs of renovation?
5. Does the staircase have to remain usable throughout the renovation?

Repairs and renovation

In the case of existing functional defects, the renovation corresponds to the renovation of the stairs. Here are the fortifications of the stairs and the safe staircase in the center.

In most cases it is indispensable to compensate for "worn-out" steps. If a new surface is applied to the steps, the preparation does not have to be as thorough and comprehensive as when the existing surface is preserved.

Renovation or restoration

For wooden steps as well as for stone coverings cracks, holes and bumps are removed by filling the stairs. If a new surface is applied, the previous sanding of the stairs can often be dispensed with.

If the stairs are preserved in their original appearance, can be spoken of a restoration. The condition is that the stair tread is to be processed by means of loops. Wood, stone and concrete can be sharpened. Wooden materials such as laminate, plastic such as vinyl and ceramic tiles can not be sanded down.

Massive substructure

If the steps consist of an overlay on a solid staircase underframe, such as a clad concrete staircase, they can be sanded down with appropriate material. For unsuitable materials, there are the following alternatives when renovating:

  • Tearing the stairs and renewing the coverings
  • Disguising the existing staircase documents
  • Uncover the concrete, sand and seal the concrete surfaces

Open staircase types

Open stairs such as staircases or ladders without risers can be sanded off or clad. It can be carried out during the renovation and the closing of the stairs by installing risers.

With complete doubling of the stairs, the preparation is less expensive, because the old steps "disappear" by the renovation and act only as a substructure.

Tips & Tricks

For almost every staircase renovation you have a choice of several approaches. Create a checklist and control list for each method to better weigh the pros and cons.

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