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post #1 of 7 Old 10-29-2012, 12:57 AM Thread Starter
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I would like to put new stair treads on the stairs in my back hallway and the basement stairs, but not sure what kind of wood to use. I have three dogs that use these stairs often and would like something that won't show much wear. Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-29-2012, 01:10 AM
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I'm not sure what you want. Are you doing this for function or appearance? If for function, almost any wood will work. Most new treads are made of fir or pine, whatever's available at the local lumberyard, unless its a dressed up one in a visible location. In that case I've built them with walnut, cherry, red oak and other hardwoods.
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Typically Oak is used. 1, because it is hard and wears well and 2, because it tends to be cheaper than other hard, tough woods.
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Ya I think the more important thing for your stair treads is not as much the wood but what you are covering your treads in. Are you painting with an outdoor paint or staining? Staining will look very nice but won't wear as nicely where as painting is better for wear and when it does wear you can just re paint it.

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Any wood is going to show damage from animals. I believe I could cover the stairs with carpet. As far as wood choice I would go with hard maple. It has a more uniform density. Oak has soft parts in the grain claws can dig into.
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the bigger the dogs the harder the wood should be. painted treads look cheap like basement stairs usually are.
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Thanks everyone! I intend to stain them to match the rest of the wood in the house and our largest dog is a German Shepard, so the harder the wood the better.
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