Hardwood stair tread cover: which one?
An alternative solution is the tread cover from Rona, manufactured by Uberhaus Select:
It's only half inch thick, with "pressed wood" at its center and oak veneer on top. Has anyone used this before? Would 0.5 inch be too thin and break off easily, creating a falling hazard? This tread height would give exactly the same step height for every step.
A third option would be to find a 3/4 inch stair tread cover. I found a few local independent flooring shops that carry them. They're made of solid wood. It would create a 1/4 inch difference between 1st and 2nd step. Edit: Looks like this doesn't meet code either. So Rona it is, until I measure otherwise.
The cost of all three products all seem reasonable, assuming that I don't scrap too many pieces while attempting to do it myself. So it comes down to safety.