Stair Cladding - Classic look: for something a little more traditional, stairs cladded in classic fashion, that are wall mounted, are just the perfect choice. We call them classic because a special trim of wood named nosing is used to join the riser and the tread. This is the classic technique for stairs cladding. Have a look at these wonderful classic stairs we cladded.
Hall revamped with parquet and Stair cladding
The stairs and part of the landing before our work began
More and more of our customers are requesting cladding on their stairs to match their wooden flooring. If the species of wood is the same, the design of the floor can vary, as this project clearly shows. As part of this house renovation, we fitted a beautiful oak parquet floor in the hall and landing and then continued the oak up the stairs with a wide engineered board. As usual, there were plenty of challenges along the way to test our skills.
A natural wood finish
The customer wanted their flooring to look as natural as possible, so we recommended using unsealed wood which would give us maximum flexibility over the wood’s final finish and colour. Our preferred option for a natural look is Saico lacquer, as it contains a subtle hint of white. It also sits on top of the grain rather than penetrating into the wood, which helps to produce a beautifully clean and consistent look.
Fitting parquet flooring always requires great skill, but the main challenges here were created by the different sets of stairs. We had to be careful that the border was straight and consistent all the way round, from top to bottom.
Achieving a straight border between the flights of stairs took time and skill
The border of the parquet floor matches the contours of the architrave perfectly
Investing in the right tools for the job is essential
Cladding stairs in wood
You might think that cladding stairs is relatively easy, but it’s not about covering up the lumps and the bumps. To achieve a smooth and safe finish, all the existing treads, beading and nosing had to be carefully removed. The stairs were then cleaned thoroughly before applying a wood filler and sanding everything down to create a flat surface.
The old stairs and the new oak cladding
To avoid any join marks on the stairs, we suggested using 240 mm wide boards for the tread and riser. It’s very tricky to achieve a clean finish when cladding stairs with an open cut stringer, but our skilled team used their experience to undercut the spindles so they could sit over the new wood. The nosing also had to be cut at a 45 degree angle, so it could fit on the exposed side of the stairs. As an engineered board is made up of layers of wood, we had to hide the visible side profile of the boards by crafting a mitred edge and adding an extra layer of oak.
As a final detail, we also sanded and sealed the dark handrail so it matched the floor perfectly.
Mitred edging and oak cladding hides the side profile of the wood
Precision cutting means the wood fits seamlessly under all the spindles
The landing, stairs and sanded handrail
Wood floor sanding
Without a bevelled edge, the tongue and groove profile of a parquet block tends to rise slightly in places, so the whole floor was sanded once fitted. The wood on the steps also required sanding before applying three coats of sealer. This not only provides the desired look, but also creates a hard wearing and protective surface.
The project took the Fin Wood team 3 weeks to complete.
Parquet: Oak Parquet Natural Unsealed OLRW/280, 280 mm x 70 mm
Wooden Boards: Floor Oak Natural Unsealed OLNU/240, 240 mm x 20 mm
Location: SW6 Fulham, London
Engineered Herringbone parquet flooring: Herringbone is one of the first parquet pattern emerged in Europe and also is the most common. Parquet is the floor of floors among wooden floors, mainly because of it’s cost and the craftsmanship needed for installation. Also because of the final exceptional look. Engineered Herringbone parquet battens come in different sizes.
Hardwood floor sanding and lacquer finish: the floor is the very first part of the room to be noticed when entering. It is the only surface of a room to be used so much. For this reason, a regular maintenance has to be done and this postpones any considerable restoration work. Even with the best protected and cared hardwood floors it comes on moment when professional workmanship is needed.
Pipe Collars - solid Oak: are designed to be used around the edge of pipes which go into the floor to hide the expansion gap which is required when installing wooden flooring. Oak Pipe Cover is designed in two halves that can be fixed around 15mm pipes to hide expansion gap It is suitable for any wooden flooring, regardless of your floor being oiled or lacquered.
Stair Nosing - solid Oak: the stair nosing is designed to finish off the area on the edge of a step or stair. It is suitable for any wooden flooring 15-18mm thick, regardless of your floor being oiled or lacquered. Solid and engineered floors only.