20 Jun 4 Reasons to Add Carpet to Your Staircase
Stairs covered with carpeting and hallways with floor runners are becoming more popular again, and Kuhn Flooring has custom carpeting available that will work beautifully on any staircase. Whether you want muted tones or bold patterns that will make big statements, there is something for every style and taste. Additionally, we offer custom area rugs, which make it simple to coordinate your new stair carpet with a matching area rug or new wall to wall carpeting in other parts of your home. Keep reading to learn some of the critical reasons carpeting the stairs in your Plantation home is an excellent idea.
The Anatomy of Your Steps
When discussing floor coverings on stairs, it is easier for everyone if there are a few terms that are well defined. To help you better understand some of the concerns and benefits related to having carpeted steps, there are a few of the parts of a stairwell that you should know.
- The Riser: this portion is the vertical flat surface that gives height to the steps.
- The Tread: this is the horizontal flat surface of the step; the portion that you typically stand on.
- The Nose: this is the part of the tread that sticks out past the riser and creates the lip or overhang.
- The Rise: this is a dimension calculated from the tread of one step to the tread of the other. You can determine the rise by measuring the height of a riser.
- The Run: this is another dimension of the steps. It is the distance from riser to riser. You can find this number by measuring the length of the tread.
You can utilize this basic stair anatomy to understand better the benefits of having carpeted stairs.
One of the leading reasons to add carpeting to your stairs is the way that it looks. There is an absolute classic beauty about having at least an added strip of carpeting on your staircase. Including carpet in a smaller area like this allows you to incorporate your design flair or add color that you can match or coordinate with artwork or area rugs in a room from which your stairs are easily seen.
Another great reason to have carpet installed on your steps is safety. However, while carpeting is obviously one of the softest flooring solutions available, it can be a double-edged sword.
When you stretch carpet over the nose of the steps, it causes a rounding effect on the edge of the stairs which takes away from the natural grip of the tread. The uncovered crisp edge of the tread helps you not to slip and fall, and by rounding the edge of the stairs with carpeting, you could be making it easier to fall on the steps.
However, though adding carpeting could potentially add a higher risk of falling, what the addition does do without a doubt is provide a padded surface if a fall were to occur. Unfortunately, the nature of steps makes them dangerous and a fall risk no matter what. By adding carpeting to the steps, you can rest assured that if someone were to take a fall, they would have the added safety of the padded flooring, which could help reduce the chance of an injury as a result of a fall.
Something you may not consider often is how sound carries throughout your home, and having hard surfaced steps can be very noisy. Unlike a standard flat surface where it is easy to mitigate the pressure with which you step as you walk, on stairs, you are repetitively dropping your full weight to the next step down or pushing it to the next level up. This process can cause loud thumps to reverberate through your home. Carpeting stairways can help to muffle this effect giving your home a quieter and more peaceful atmosphere.
When considering all the different flooring types that you could use for your staircases, carpeting is likely the most cost-effective. Not only are the material costs for carpet less expensive, but the cost of installation is probably also the most affordable. It is always a good idea to compare prices with your local carpet installation company before finalizing any plans.
Kuhn Flooring and Your Carpeted Steps
At Kuhn Flooring, we strive to offer the best carpet installation services in Plantation. We are a complete flooring company and offer custom area rugs as well as hardwood, tile, and vinyl. Our design team can help you plan a new flooring project for your home and answer any questions you have regarding new carpet.