wooden staircases are an extremely popular and stylish option at this moment in time. With more and more people choosing wooden flooring for the main rooms in their home, these same people often look to extend this interior styling to their staircases.
If you’re building a brand new home from scratch, you may well have opted for a solid or an engineered wooden staircase to be installed and have allowed for this in the design and planning. That said, if you live in an older property, your only option, if you want a solid or engineered wooden staircase may well be to clad your current staircase.
Cladding is the term used to describe the process whereby an existing structure is covered with a new material to create a whole new look without changing the original form or construction. Often used to describe the process of applying a new “covering” to a roof or walls, it is a term also used in flooring. In this case, it involves the application of engineered wood flooring to an existing or original staircase to give it a whole new look.
If you choose to clad your staircase with engineered board, the end result will look exactly the same as if you select solid wood board, but with one exception. Because engineered boards can’t be manipulated in the same way as solid wood to create the edge, or “nose” of each step, you’ll need to install an engineered wood “nose” on each step.