hardwood stairs shawneeHere at Floor Coverings International Kansas City West, we love having the opportunity to refresh old staircases and turn them into a beautiful feature in your home. This process is called stair recapping, and it is a simple change that has a big impact! If you’re thinking about replacing the old carpet on your stairs, read below to learn more about our stair recapping service in Shawnee.

What Is Stair Recapping and Why Should I Do It?

The process of stair recapping involves removing old carpet from your staircase and replacing it with hardwood. Carpet is a popular staircase covering because it muffles footsteps and cushions accidental falls, so why are so many homeowners turning to hardwood for a stair covering?

One reason is for aesthetic purposes. Hardwood is a beautiful material that is preferred by most homeowners. Recapping your stairs with hardwood is a simple way to give your home a facelift. It’s also a great way to increase your home’s resale value, as many prospective homebuyers prefer hardwood over carpet in heavily trafficked areas.

Homeowners may also choose to recap their stairs with hardwood because it is a cleaner, more hypoallergenic option than carpet. Carpet can trap dust and grime, and since stairs receive a lot of foot traffic, they can start to look dingy over time. Hardwood is a smooth surface so dust, allergens, and dirt will be easy to vacuum away.

hardwood stair recapping shawneeThe Stair Recapping Process

The process of stair recapping is simple, but it will result in a huge change in your Shawnee home. First, we’ll start with a free, in-home consultation. Our design associate will come to your home with our mobile showroom, and will take a look at your existing interior design to help you pick a new hardwood material, stain, and finish that will look beautiful in your home.

During the installation process, we will remove your stair’s old carpet to reveal the barebones of your staircase. Our experts will take measurements to customize your new treads, risers, and any other portion of your staircase that you’d like remodeled. We can also help you choose new balusters for your staircase to match your chosen hardwood. Once everything is said and done, you’ll be left with a beautiful new hardwood staircase!

Considerations for Hardwood Stairs

One reason why carpet is so popular for stairs is because it provides traction underfoot, helping to prevent falls. While hardwood stairs will not be slippery under bare feet, they can be slippery when you wear socks. The finish on your hardwood stairs could also wear down overtime, becoming dull or scratched where most of the foot traffic occurs. For these reasons, many homeowners decide to use stair runners over their hardwood stairs. This will help to prevent falls, disguise wear and tear, and muffle loud footsteps while still displaying your beautiful new hardwood.

Get Started in Shawnee Today

Stair recapping is an easy way to create a dramatic transformation in your Shawnee home! Contact Floor Coverings International Kansas City West today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you select the perfect hardwood for your stairs. We proudly serve Overland Park, Shawnee, Lenexa, Prairie Village and surrounding areas.

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