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Stair treads vs carpet for basement stairs

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Stair treads vs carpet for basement stairs

Hey fellow RFDers,

We have flooring throughout the house. Basement has vinyl flooring.

The stairs are standard (painted). Trying to decide between stair treads vs getting carpet done.

I see ourselves using basement enough that we would have to have flip flops/shoes on, so the stairs don't feel too uncomfortable.

Any suggestions or advice would be much appreciated, thank you!
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Can always put a runner and or individual carpet treads. Prefer stained treads better and no shoes or flip flop in the house.
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Any idea about how much runners generally cost?

We don't currently wear shoes in the house. However, we notice the basement stairs are always dusty/dustier than the rest of the house. Hence the need to wear shoes on basement stairs or change socks.
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For an actual runner, I would guess 1 to $2k depending on number of treads. Don’t hold me to these numbers as I have no clue. Amazon has diy ones, but these might be trial and error. I would worry how well they stick to treads.
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May 15, 2020
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Home depot sells stair tread kits, you can get a basic idea. Other big box stores should also have them.
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In 2010ish I was quoted $10/tread for carpet plus the carpet and $100 per tread in labour plus the wood for stained treads. I went with carpet as I wanted to switch the flooring on the main floor first.
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So it appears treads with carpet or runner would run up to $1000k-ish (based on previous estimates).

I've seen some stair treads on Wayfair. I'll try to drop by Home Depot/Rona.

Any other non big box store recommendations? Also open to recommendations for getting carpet installed on the stairs. Thank you!
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Shop-a-holic wrote: So it appears treads with carpet or runner would run up to $1000k-ish (based on previous estimates).

I've seen some stair treads on Wayfair. I'll try to drop by Home Depot/Rona. Any other non big box store recommendations? Thank you!
The issue with those treads that go on existing treads is that they change the thickness of your stairs. So the first step becomes 5ish and the last step becomes 8ish which are technically illegal steps and feel uncomfortable.

Edit: the treads are also expensive for what they are... cannot be used as the main tread they say. One day i will make my own treads.
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Jerico wrote: The issue with those treads that go on existing treads is that they change the thickness of your stairs. So the first step becomes 5ish and the last step becomes 8ish which are technically illegal steps and feel uncomfortable.

Edit: the treads are also expensive for what they are... cannot be used as the main tread they say. One day i will make my own treads.
My apologies, as I may have used the wrong terminology.

I've attached an image of stair treads.
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Carpet definitely feels more comfortable on stairs but can look out of place if there is no carpet in either floor that it connects to.

We did stained red oak threads for our basement stairs to match the staircase going to the 2nd floor.
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We had painted steps to the basement. They were cold and noisy and slippery when we walked on them. We carpeted them and it is much better.
Got cheaper berber type in a colour that won't show dirt so much. We have 14 steps and it cost us $700 with underlay and installation.
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Jerico wrote: In 2010ish I was quoted $10/tread for carpet plus the carpet and $100 per tread in labour plus the wood for stained treads. I went with carpet as I wanted to switch the flooring on the main floor first.
$10/tread for a typically 12-13 steps stair mean $130 for a set of basement stair...
I don't think that's accurate, but let me know where u got that quote cause we need to replace our basement stairs too.

FWIW, last year we had few quotes in, carpet was between $700-$1100, and solid oak stairs $2100. This is for 13 steps
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Shop-a-holic wrote: My apologies, as I may have used the wrong terminology.

I've attached an image of stair treads.
Yea I wouldn't call that "stair tread"
That's just looks like a tiny bath matt sized carpet you put on each step.

I'd be worry about the tiny piece slipping under your foot when someone runs on the stairs unless you glue it down..
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Carpet does seem to make more sense, although there is none in the rest of the house. Any recommendations of businesses in the west end in GTA?
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stanleyt wrote: $10/tread for a typically 12-13 steps stair mean $130 for a set of basement stair...
I don't think that's accurate, but let me know where u got that quote cause we need to replace our basement stairs too.

FWIW, last year we had few quotes in, carpet was between $700-$1100, and solid oak stairs $2100. This is for 13 steps
That was the labour portion and part of a $6k carpet install. I am sure it would have been more if thats all I was doing.

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