LeviArs Hardwood Floors LLC Stairs



At LeviArs Floors, we carry everything you need to create the staircase of your dreams. Whether you want an entirely new custom built staircase, or simply want to update the look of your existing stairs with new wood stair treads or carpet, we have you covered! We are proud to serve Seattle and the Puget Sound area with our custom stairbuilding services. If need be, we even include removal and disposal of your old stair carpet or stair treads, for your convenience. We also carry thousands of stair parts for handy DIY homeowners that would rather do the work themselves. Not sure where to start? Speak to one of our in-house designers to help coordinate colors and bring your vision to life!


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What are the different parts of a staircase?

For homeowners unfamiliar with the terminology used in the stairbuilding industry, the different components of a staircase can often create confusion.

Below you will find an explanation of the functions that different parts of the staircase serve, as well as what they are called.

Treads: Treads are the horizontal part of the staircase that we stand on when walking up or down a flight of stairs. Think of them as the top of the steps themselves. They may be made from plywood and covered with carpet, or they may be made of solid hardwood.

Risers: Risers are the vertical spaces between stair treads. They may be closed off with wood or other material, or left open, depending on the type of staircase. You can think of them as the “front” of the steps.

Stringers: Stringers are long lengths of wood or other material that run along the side of the staircase that the steps are attached to. A “closed” stringer staircase will hide the edge of the steps, whereas a “cut” stringer staircase will have the side profile of the steps cut into them, ensuring that the steps are visible from the side.

Handrail: Fairly self explanatory, the handrail runs the length of the flight of stairs. It can be held onto when walking up or down stairs for safety and stability, and more recently has become a cosmetic feature of the staircase as well. Not all staircases have handrails.

Spindles/Balusters: These are small vertical posts that are placed along the side of the staircase, under the handrail, to enclose the staircase. They are usually made of wood or sometimes metal. More recently, homeowners have begun to occasionally replace their balusters with other materials, such as glass.

Base Rail: The base rail is a component of the staircase that runs parallel to the handrail, below the spindles. It is the piece that the spindles are attached to on the bottom. It often sits on top of the stringer.

Newel Posts: These are the large posts found at the top and bottom of a staircase. They may occasionally be found elsewhere, most notably when there is a landing, and/or change of direction.

Newel Caps: These are decorative pieces that go on top of a newel post. They may be simply shaped, or more ornate, depending on your preference.

Landing: This is the area at the top and bottom of a staircase. Landings are also found in the middle of a staircase where a change in direction occurs.

Nosing: This is a part of the tread that overhangs the riser, or the “front” of the tread. It can be part of the tread itself, or an additional piece fixed to the edge of the stair.

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How much do new stairs cost?

There are plenty of variables that can affect the cost of your new staircase, but some of the most important ones are:

Scope of work: Building an entirely new staircase will generally cost more than updating the look of your existing stairs. For example, updating your existing staircase with new carpet, or a new handrail, posts and balusters and new wood stair treads is a more economical option than building a spiral staircase from scratch.

Function and Safety: In a home with children or older people, a staircase with a robust handrail may be ideal. Carpet may be a safer option than wood as well, due to it being softer and less slippery.

Look: Stair components are available in a wide variety of materials and styles. Ornately carved balusters, newel posts and newel caps will generally cost more than simply designed ones. Hardwood stair treads with a carpet runner down the center will generally cost more than entirely hardwood stairs or entirely carpeted stairs.

Installation: At LeviArs Floors, we cater to both DIY homeowners and those that would rather have us do the work. You always have the option to simply purchase your stair components from us and install them yourself, but we do have a full custom stairbuilding and installation service available. The cost of your stair installation can be affected by several different variables, such as whether we are building a whole new staircase, or simply updating an existing one, and whether we are removing and disposing of your old stairs.

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