Stair tread covers are an affordable solution for outdoor steps, particularly wood treads found on porches and deck stairs that have taken a beating from all the traffic.
When you consider all the rain, snow, heat and cold that your deck is subjected to over the years, you have a recipe that will accelerate the aging of any wood stair treads.
And depending on your climate, they can be dangerous in the winter months with snow and ice building up on each tread.
So what do you do to repair this?
If that is what you are seeing on your porch or deck, you have a couple options - Replace, Resurface, or try using Stair Tread Covers. Which option is right for you?
No secret here. Lots of finicky hard work required to remove each stair tread and replace.
You will have to remove screws in the treads - if you used screws. Or if you used nails to secure the boards, a hammer from underneath or a pry bar are your only options.
Try to remove each step carefully without damaging stringers or the kick plate. Examine the condition of the stair stringers and if they are not rotted then replace each tread with new boards.
If the wood wear is superficial and no rot is present, sanding and refinishing the surface could do the trick.
This is the most common way of reviving a worn set of stair treads. But while you are at it you might want to consider adding a textured finish to the treads. This makes the tread safer. There is no easy way to do this.
There are grip tape products with adhesive backing similar to what you might see on skateboard but they only adhere well to smooth sealed surfaces in order to have any chance of lasting.
Another possibility would be to use some epoxy or polyurethane resin mixed with some grit. These kinds of materials can all be purchased in a local specialty plastics shop.
Epoxies have trouble with sun and tend to discolor and break down quickly unless they have the right UV protectors in them. Non epoxy resins don't have this problem.
But really what you are doing here is a lot work. It's messy and quite a hassle when all that is really needed is some kind of outdoor stair tread cover that fit over the treads.
Completely cover an entire single tread or just the main traffic area of the steps.
This is a cutaway view of the stair tread covers over one tread just to show what is going on. You have to sand and smooth off the wood and apply some construction glue before putting on the cover.
They are 47-½" long and 10-¼" wide.
If the treads are shorter or longer cut the two closed ends off to length and then cut the back side of the stair cover off so it does not hit the back riser.
This is a very clean attractive look and turns a beat up old set of deck stairs into a safe long lasting solution.
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We really like your steps!
We glued, weighted them down, and they turned out wonderful. Very sturdy feeling, look good,and feel comfortable when walking on.
Thank you for all your help.
Gene and Marilyn - Utah
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