Category Archives: Stair Quality

Stair quality is not as defined as you will find in other industries, such as cabinetry. The stair industry is not as developed as cabinetry and the product is more complex and variable. Stair quality involves woodworking skills, engineering for structure and design skills.

Should painted balusters be installed at the same time as the stair or later?

If you are buying a stair with a balusters in a contrasting material, such as painted balusters on an oak stair, a question will likely come up about finishing the stair. Should my painter finish the balusters (loose) and finish the stair,  then … Continue reading

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Flooring Thickness Plays a Key Role in Your Stair

Flooring should be decided upon before you finalize your stair design.   Your flooring is typically not installed until after your mill-made stair is in.  By planning ahead, you can allow for your flooring (thickness) when calculating the stair, and it will make installation cleaner and … Continue reading

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How to Fix a Squeaking Stair

How to Fix a Squeaking Stair A squeak in a stair is generally caused as the lumber dries out over time.  Hardwoods are regulated by industry standards for a moisture content of 6 – 8%.  This matches the moisture content inside … Continue reading

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Wood Stair Acclimation to the Job Site

Wood Stair Acclimation to the Job Site Measuring Moisture in Wood Prior to Production The environmental conditions inside the house are critical to the quality of the stair. Hardwood lumber has been dried through a very controlled process to an … Continue reading

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5 Common Pitfalls of Stair Buying & How to Avoid Them

1. Stairs are built per the Architects’ plans. Staircase on Gold Coast in Chicago A reality of the construction process is that homes do not get built exactly as the architect has designed. A wall that is built just a … Continue reading

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Pros and Cons of Carpenter Built Stairs vs Custom Hardwood Stairs

Construction Grade Stair: Also called carpenter-built Materials: Made from framing lumber such as pine, often 2X material. Construction: Lumber is rough-cut to sizes. Stringers are typically horse cut, then lumber for treads and risers are glued (construction adhesive) and nailed … Continue reading

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