Why Carpet Stairs?

Why Carpet Stairs?

If you’re trying to decide why carpet stairs, The Carpet Guys can help.  Frequently, our Design Consultants are asked questions about stairs and the best way to handle them.  Read on to find out more about stairs and carpet.

Stairs in the Home

carpet runner on formal stair case

Most homes in the Midwest have stairs. Even many single-level, ranch-style homes have stairs to a basement. Some homes and condos may have a step or two in a family room or formal area. Most stairs are for the purpose of moving from one level to the next. But some stairs are meant to be an aesthetic addition to an entryway of the home. No matter the purpose of the staircase, The Carpet Guys want to make sure you are safe in your home. So frequently, we recommend putting carpet on stairs.

carpet on staircase going to hardwood

Stair Carpet Safety

With the invention of luxury vinyl and laminate at a price point lower than hardwood, many homeowners want that “wood-look”. These hard surface flooring options are clean, easy to maintain, and will elevate the appearance of a room. Unfortunately, they are not the best stair option due to safety.  Most people wear socks or slippers in their homes. Any hard surface flooring is slippery. One wrong move and you could fall down hard stairs. If you add carpet, it gives the foot something to grip. Even adding a carpet runner if there is hardwood is preferable to nothing.

Stair Wear-and-Tear

Safety is the biggest reason our Design Consultants recommend carpet on stairs. We want to make sure steps are not a slippery hazard.  But another reason is that carpet can endure the wear-and-tear that stairs endure.  Every step down engages twice the weight because of the action. This means that stairs will wear quicker than a bedroom or hallway.  The cost to replace and refresh worn carpet on stairs is lower than replacing hard surface flooring. Plus, carpet absorbs the impact of your footfall making a softer landing for your feet and legs.

The last reason we recommend carpet on stairs is the beautiful, finished look. Having a Hollywood tucked finish or a carpet runner on a hard surface creates a look of elegance. It’s also quieter! If you’re looking for more information about all the ways to finish stairs check out our blogs What are the Best Flooring Options for Stairs? Or What is a Waterfall Finish?  We can also help you when you call us at 855-4-MY-GUYS (855-469-4897) or set up a free in-home estimate with one of our professional Design Consultants.

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