Shirley Pai Hilton of Kahala Pacific Floors will tell you that one of the best places in the home for wood flooring is your staircase.

It is amazing the wear and tear that carpeting on stairs can take. When you stop to think about it, you have such a large concentration of traffic on a small area, and the next time you take the stairs, stop to feel just how much hoisting of your body weight and pressure on your joints there is as you go up those steps.

Also, contrary to what some folks think, having a hard surface on your stairs does not present a hazardous situation. Most accidents on stairs are caused by rushing, tripping on something on the stairs, or running up and down with socks on.


The main advantages that wood or vinyl on stairs give you are durability and ease of maintenance. Even after many years of daily use, a well-done set of stairs will look as beautiful as the day it was put in. And if you have ever had a carpeted set of stairs, you know how much trouble vacuuming can be. With wood or vinyl, all you will need is a good cleaner and a microfiber rag. Each step will be clean in a matter of seconds.

There are two main methods for doing stairs. One involves using a molding on the front edge of the step called a stairnosing. This piece is coupled with flooring for the balance of the tread and up the riser, with some folks opting for a white riser made of melamine covered board or finish quality plywood.

The other method involves using a stair tread which consists of one big piece of wood with a rounded edge, which will be placed over the entire tread or flat area. This is coupled with a one-piece riser in the same wood or, again, sometimes in white.

Excellent information like the ones just mentioned is covered at the Kahala Pacific Floors monthly seminar, Great Flooring 101. You will receive a fantastic basic education on wood, bamboo, laminate, vinyl and tile flooring, and attendees will receive special private sale pricing on materials and installation. The next class will be held at the company’s showroom on Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m. Reserve your seat today by calling 847-7711.

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