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Harnit

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Santa-and-Warren

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Chris and Rick Johnson

We cannot praise Tom and his crew enough for the terrific and beautiful work the...

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Victoria Ross

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Demetra

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Ethlyn

Tom did a great job in my condo. My condo requires use of underpading and engine...

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Raza

Last week Tom replaced my carpeted stairs with Harwood stairs. The job was done...

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Shelley Nathanson

We wanted to replace all of our carpet upstairs with flooring due to allergies a...

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paul boles

We changed our carpeted stairs to hardwood stairs. The results look great. The c...

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Vic Ricciuto

Tom came to my condo to do a floor repair on some damaged floor boards.He basica...

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Linda Baird

Found Stair Steps while searching the internet for my stair project. Reading "AB...

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Bharat and Rupal

You need staircase to be done? You need to do hardwood installation in your hous...

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Marty Mitchell

My Wife and I recently had our Carpeted stairs replaced by Hardwood stairs, and...

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Peter G

Tom was a pleasure to work with. He came in with a competitive price, was access...

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Naz

Tom was awesome - very nice, very fast, clean and efficient. He did 2 bedroom fo...

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Kelly Brayton

Tom has handled a few jobs for me. He did an amazing job on both the carpet and...

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Paul and Dawn Cottrell

I can't say enough about Tom's Professionalism, ethic and quality of his work. O...

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Eve

Tom was referred to me by my sister-in-law and I am so glad because he did an am...

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Kevin L

We recently had our carpeted stairs changed to wood. We sought out 4quotes and m...

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Michael

Right from the get go, I knew Tom was a consummate professional who knew his oni...

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Tony Falcone

Tom and his crew at StairSteps recently completed our stairs, and we couldn't be...

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Barb T.

Thank you StairSteps. After dreaming of my new stairs for about two years, I fin...

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Marcus Flannery

He was prompt, professional and detail oriented - everything you want with this...

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Karen Peterke

The best experience I've had with any type of contractor. I decided to replace a...

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Christen James

Tom was easy to contact from the very beginning and helpful in making the right...

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Tammie Macintyre-Steeves

Tom was the initial person I spoke with when getting a quote to replace my well...

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Fransisca Prastuti

Tom and his team did a great job in my house. Tom listens to our requests. I hav...

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Leo Bulanda

 We had our two level staircase and landings renovated by Tom and his crew...

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Wayne & Linda Bayley

What a pleasure it is to deal with someone who is not only a master at his trade...

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Harnit

Are you looking for a reliable and very professional Hardwood or Stairs Installe...

See full review

Santa-and-Warren

So happy that we chose Stair Steps to renovate our staircase. Found them on line...

See full review

Chris and Rick Johnson

We cannot praise Tom and his crew enough for the terrific and beautiful work the...

See full review

Victoria Ross

Love the work.   Tom was very professional, efficient and innovative. Deali...

See full review

Demetra

I decided to request a quote from Stairsteps after reading all the positive revi...

See full review

Ethlyn

Tom did a great job in my condo. My condo requires use of underpading and engine...

See full review

Raza

Last week Tom replaced my carpeted stairs with Harwood stairs. The job was done...

See full review

Shelley Nathanson

We wanted to replace all of our carpet upstairs with flooring due to allergies a...

See full review

paul boles

We changed our carpeted stairs to hardwood stairs. The results look great. The c...

See full review

Vic Ricciuto

Tom came to my condo to do a floor repair on some damaged floor boards.He basica...

See full review

Linda Baird

Found Stair Steps while searching the internet for my stair project. Reading "AB...

See full review

Bharat and Rupal

You need staircase to be done? You need to do hardwood installation in your hous...

See full review

Marty Mitchell

My Wife and I recently had our Carpeted stairs replaced by Hardwood stairs, and...

See full review

Peter G

Tom was a pleasure to work with. He came in with a competitive price, was access...

See full review

Naz

Tom was awesome - very nice, very fast, clean and efficient. He did 2 bedroom fo...

See full review

Kelly Brayton

Tom has handled a few jobs for me. He did an amazing job on both the carpet and...

See full review

Paul and Dawn Cottrell

I can't say enough about Tom's Professionalism, ethic and quality of his work. O...

See full review

Eve

Tom was referred to me by my sister-in-law and I am so glad because he did an am...

See full review

Kevin L

We recently had our carpeted stairs changed to wood. We sought out 4quotes and m...

See full review

Michael

Right from the get go, I knew Tom was a consummate professional who knew his oni...

See full review

Tony Falcone

Tom and his crew at StairSteps recently completed our stairs, and we couldn't be...

See full review

Barb T.

Thank you StairSteps. After dreaming of my new stairs for about two years, I fin...

See full review

Marcus Flannery

He was prompt, professional and detail oriented - everything you want with this...

See full review

Karen Peterke

The best experience I've had with any type of contractor. I decided to replace a...

See full review

Christen James

Tom was easy to contact from the very beginning and helpful in making the right...

See full review

Tammie Macintyre-Steeves

Tom was the initial person I spoke with when getting a quote to replace my well...

See full review

Fransisca Prastuti

Tom and his team did a great job in my house. Tom listens to our requests. I hav...

See full review

Leo Bulanda

 We had our two level staircase and landings renovated by Tom and his crew...

See full review

Wayne & Linda Bayley

What a pleasure it is to deal with someone who is not only a master at his trade...

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Hardwood Stairs Re-capping and Refinishing

Regardless of your particular staircase design. Whether it be straight or curved, one that incorporates landings or odd shaped treads such as diamonds, trapezoid or triangles, or even Open riser stairs. You have come to the right place.

"StairSteps" is a remodelling company that specializes in tread re-capping and staircase refinishing. If you reside in the GTA, especially Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington or Toronto,

You no longer have to look at that old carpet, or builders yellowing polyurethane finish.

 

 

 

Most Common Types of Stairs

Closed Stairs

Open One Side Stairs

Open Both Sides Stairs

Open Riser Stairs

Stairs With Triangle & Trapezoid

Stairs With Landings

Curved Staircase

What To Do With Our Stair Stringers

 

 

Closed Stairs

A Closed Stair, also known as a "Boxed Stair" will have a wall on either side of the stair tread. The stair treads and risers will butt up against the inside of the staircase stringers on either side. This type of stair is usually rectangular, and not a closed pie shaped as shown. Stair stringers are never straight. Therefore installing Closed Hardwood Stair Caps is not as simple as cutting to a measurement. They must be trimmed several times in order to fit each unique opening. Sometimes closed or boxed stairs do not have walls on either side. In these cases Spindles or Pickets will be installed atop the stringers instead of on the stair treads.

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Open One Side Stairs

A One Side Open Stair will have one side of the tread and riser adjoining the wall, where as the other side of the tread will slightly extend or cascade (which is the nosing and return) over the stringer. Spindles or Pickets will be inserted into the stair treads open side of the staircase, supporting the handrail. Open one side hardwood stair caps need to be scribed in order to fit correctly.

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Open Both Sides Stairs

A Both Sides Open Stair will have both sides of the tread slightly extending or cascading over the stringers  (which is the nosing and return). Therefore with a both sides open stair you will have Spindles or Pickets on either side inserted into the stair tread, supporting the handrails. Open both side Stair Caps need to be measured perfectly before manufacture in order to fit correctly

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Open Riser Stairs

An Open Riser Staircase has only treads and not risers. You will be able to look straight through the staircase. This is great for allowing light to enter an area, where as in a conventional staircase the risers would have blocked the light. The underside of the treads must obviously be in a finished condition. One caveat is that you lose the "Under the stairs" storage.

A common misconception is that risers can simply be removed to create an "Open riser staircase", but risers provide stability, so if an open riser staircase is desired the stringers will have to be strengthened, or a completely new staircase will need to be installed

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Stairs With Triangle & Trapezoid

A staircase that has triangular and trapezoid shaped treads AKA "Kite Winder" will also make up a 90 degree turn in the staircase from top to bottom (or level to level). This type of staircase will have a triangle then a trapezoid followed by an additional triangular shaped tread. On occation there are only 2 larger triangular shaped treads that make up the 90 degree turn. These odd shaped treads are cut out of solid hardwood to fit.

In order to properly install a "Kite Winder" series of Hardwood Stair Caps, templates are required. We first create an over sized template, manufacture the tread, finish with stain and varnish and then fine tune template on site

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Stairs With Landings

A staircase with a landing will typically turn 90 degrees from top to bottom (or from floor level to floor level). All of the treads will be a rectangular shape. The landing which is typically about 10 to 12 square feet in area will allow for the 90 degree turn in the staircase. Landings can either be finished in regular hardwood flooring planks or boards, or a solid hardwood piece cut to fit.

A staircase that turns 180 degrees will have a larger landing, usually about 20-25 sq/ft These treads are installed using the scribing method

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Curved Staircase

A Curved, Helix or Circular staircase will typically turn 90 degrees from top to bottom (or from floor level to floor level). One side is usually open and the other closed. Along with a "First step" usually curved on the open side, you will have a combination of rectangular as well as "Pie shaped" treads which makes up the 90 degree turn between levels of the home.

In order to properly install a "Pie shaped tread" Hardwood Stair Cap, templates are required. We first create an over sized template, manufacture the tread, finish with stain and varnish and then fine tune template on site. Similar to the "kite winder" series. The difference is a second template is not needed to fine tune.

Beware of "Precut pie shaped capping treads". Helix or curved staircases are not created equal. The amount of "pie shaped" stair treads that make up the 90 degree turn varies from 4-14 steps. So naturally the radius will change also. It is not a one size fits all solution.

Spiral stairs

 

 

What To Do With Our Stair Stringers

When having your staircase remodeled, this is a scenario that arises the majority of the time. "What to do with our Stair Stringers". If your design plans are to have the entire staircase in Oak or Maple etc.., and your stringers are currently construction grade lumber which is typically Spruce (usually painted white), then you will have no choice but to have them veneered in Hardwood (reface) in order to create the look that you desire.


When we apply this process, we can make your stringers look as if they were a solid piece of hardwood, completely matching your new stairs. The top (perpendicular to the wall), sides (parallel to the wall) as well as all other small surfaces will all need to be refaced. New hardwood trim will also replace the paint grade trim that rests atop and possibly on the underside of the stringers. On the other hand if you currently have hardwood veneered stringers, then we can sand off the existing polyurethane/varnish and stain, then re-stain, polyurethane/varnish to the desired colour. From a financial perspective the cost to reface your stringers in Oak veneer, will cost significantly more than the sanding and staining option.

Many times our clients are faced with the dilemma of having construction grade stringers, and were thinking to have matching stringers. But from a financial perspective they do not want to install an Oak veneer. Well all is not lost. A beautiful, contemporary and popular style staircase solution can still be achieved. This is done by re-painting the stringers white, installing white risers, keep the existing handrails and sanding, staining and finishing them to match the new Oak treads (Steps). Now, the money they saved on not veneering the stringers can largely offset the cost of installing new wrought iron spindles. Now were talking ...

But what if your current stringers are veneered with a colour that you like? Then, we do not have to do anything, other than match the new treads and risers (unless white risers of course) to the current colour. The point here is this. No matter what type of staircase that you have, or what you budget is, we can turn your current staircase into a focal point.

But in our opinion White risers and stringers achieves a cleaner, more contemporary and bright finished product. But in the end, it's your house ... isn't it!

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