5 Non-Slip Tread Ideas for a Wood Stair Tread
There are a number on non-slip options for wood stair tread. From paints, to tape, rubber, vinyl, and even carpet, there are all kinds of options to make sure that your wood stairs are not dangerous for anyone to walk on. This article will outline your options for adding non-slip tread to your wood stairs.
Option 1 - Carpet
Yes, you can carpet your entire wood stair and make it non-slip, but then it wouldn't really be a wood stair anymore. Luckily there are carpeted non-slip strips that you can stick right to your wood stair tread. The advantages are the design benefits of carpeting, and a variety of colors and textures to match any decor. Carpeted non-slip strips are moderately expensive in cost, with the average staircase consisting of 15 steps, it will cost about $100 to place these strips on every step. But, just think of how much it saves in medical bills versus falling and injuring yourself.
Option 2 - Rubber
If you really aren't fond of carpet and the dust mites it contains, you can always go with rubber non-slip tread. Rubber has the advantage of being easy to clean, very durable, and inexpensive. The downside is that the rubber treads are not that appealing to look at. Some manufacturers have caught on to this and are making rubber non-slip tread in a variety of colors. But of course the additional colors and textures can send the price well into the hundreds of dollars for the additional features.
Option 3 - Paint
There are also a wide variety of non-slip paints that you can use on your wood stairs. Either sprayed or painted on, these paints come in a variety of colors to match your decor and allow for a less conspicuous way of preventing slips and falls. This is the most permanent solution as well, so make sure you really are fine with changing the appearance of your wood stairs before painting them. Paint can be used for both indoor and outdoor wood stairs. This makes it particularly appealing, especially on a deck area, or steps that may lead from a pool.
Option 4 - Tape
Tape is the cheapest non-slip option that you have for your home. Just buy one or two rolls, stick them on your steps and you are done. You do need to take care that you purchase a non-slip tape that is not too abrasive to use inside your home. Everyone in your home will be using these stairs barefoot at some point, so you want to make sure that these tape strips are not painful to walk on. Tape strips will also have a tendency to peel up and become an unsightly hazard. Ask your local hardware store which type of non-slip tape they recommend most.
Option 5 - Vinyl
Vinyl non-slip stair tread are similar to rubber treads, and have the same advantages such as being easy to clean, install, and are very durable. Vinyl stair tread will cost slightly less than rubber, but have generally the same appearance. You can purchase flat stair tread, or stair tread that will even curve around the nose of your stairs. Vinyl does not have as many color options as rubber, but it is still a viable non-slip option.
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