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Wood Stair Tread Styles

Full Thickness Stair Treads
Full thickness stair treads are 1" thick throughout. Our most popular stair tread style, these wood stair treads are constructed by gluing boards from front to back and applying a full bullnose to the front of the tread. Full thickness wood stair treads are offered in unfinished and prefinished. For more information about this style of wood stair tread, please visit Full Thickness Stair Treads.

Replacement Stair Treads
Similar in construction to a full thickness stair tread, these replacement treads have a 3/4" thick body with a full 1" thick bullnose. The nose extends back 1-1/4" and is made by gluing a thin strip to the bottom of the 3/4" thick front and applying the bullnose. They are often used to replace carpeting. Replacement wood stair treads are offered in unfinished and prefinished. For more information about this style of wood stair tread, please visit Replacement Stair Treads.

Extra Thick Stair Treads
Extra thick stair treads are available in 1-1/4" 1-1/2" and 1-3/4" thickness. They are constructed by gluing wood boards from front to back. The boards are solid from top to bottom. Extra thick wood stair treads are very popular for open stair cases. Grade 1S is for situations where the underside of the tread will not be visisble and Grade 2S is appropriate where the tread will be exposed all around, including the underside. Extra thick wood stair treads are offered in unfinished and prefinished. For more information about this style of wood stair tread, please visit Extra Thick Stair Treads.

Butcher Block Style Stair Treads
Butcher block style stair treads are available up to 4-1/2" thick. Constructed just like a butcher block, they feature 1" wide strips running the length of the tread. They are popular for open staircases and offered in the same grade options as our extra thick stair treads. Butcher block style wood stair treads are offered in unfinished and prefinished. For more information about this style of wood stair tread, please visit Butcher Block Style Stair Treads.

Other available stair tread styles include starter treads and landing treads. Below we briefly comment on each wood type. For a more complete wood description, please visit the product ordering page.

American Cherry
One of the most beautiful wood pieces, the American cherry wood is known for having heartwood that varies from light brown to a reddish brown. Whichever shade you pick for your stair treads and risers, the wood will eventually darken as it ages owing to exposure to light.

Ash
Sturdy and strong, this grayish brown wood is becoming harder to acquire. Ash has many uses and makes a fine stair tread.

Beech
Straight grained and usually found in a reddish brown shade, beech is strong like maple or oak and is a good substitute for both as a stair tread and riser.

Brazilian Cherry
Pretty like the American cherry wood and twice as harder than red oak, Brazilian cherry stair treads and risers are long lasting and extremely hard. Their popularity is owing to the stunning finish they give to any staircase.

Hard Maple
Renowned for its hardness these make good stair treads and risers. Maple wood pieces often have wavy grains or bird eyes on the wood which are really sought after. Maple also has more varieties of color and its shades can vary from a reddish range to a nearly white color. A little bit of polishing also produces a lovely finish that lasts long too.

Hickory
Renowned for the contrast in its colors and the distinctive look it brings, hickory is a popular choice for wooden stair treads and risers owing to their sturdy nature.

Knotty Alder
Knotty alder stair treads and risers are greatly desired owing to their ability to mimic the textures of other hardwood like cherry and walnut. They're usually light reddish brown with dull streaks or dark lines.

Knotty Pine
Gaining popularity for its rustic looks, knotty pine stair treads and risers are available in shades ranging from white to a light brown with red hints. They are very lightweight and soft for use.

Mahogany
Easily cut, mahogany stair treads and risers also shares the qualities of the walnut and is a good substitute for it owing to the fact that it is durable and is also resistant to swelling, shrinking or warping.

Poplar
Among the softer woods, poplar stair treads and risers are lightweight and are easy to cut. Found in yellow brown to white shades, poplar can also be painted easily as well.

Red Oak
Rigid, strong and hard, red oak has a noticeably pronounced open grain as compared to its cousin, the white oak. It gets its name for the reddish color that it is usually found in and gives a good finish. However, red oaks hardness can make it rather difficult to cut and shape into stair treads and risers at times.

Quartersawn Red Oak
Quartersawn Red oak stair treads and risers are popular owing to the dramatic fleck or flake pattern which is visible in its inner sides. They're just as durable as red oak stair treads but give a different finished look.

White Oak
Solid and strong, the white oak is able to resist warping and shrinking well. They have a golden color and finish well. Their open-grained patterns are pretty to look at but are not as pronounced as the ones found in the red oak wood stair treads and risers.

Quartersawn White Oak
If you're looking to add an antique look to your place then quartersawn white oak stair treads will be suitable for you. Showcasing the same fleck or flake pattern as the quartersawn red oak stairs, these white oak stair treads and risers are very popular.

Soft Maple
Similar to hard maple, soft maple stair treads and risers are more reddish brown in color. However, they do have a lower shock resistance but if you're using them indoors, they can be just as sturdy as other hardwood stair treads and risers.

Spanish Cedar
This attractive hardwood is found in colors ranging from light brown to light pinkish. It is popular for use as stair treads, risers and other wood work items.

Walnut
Walnut stair treads and risers are known for resisting shrinking and warping. Colors can change from dark to light brown and when polished, it can give a great finish as well.

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