To add value to your home doesn’t always mean you need to make it bigger. Just make it better. Whether you’re looking to breathe a bit of new life into your home, renovate a newly bought property, or looking to sell your property at a higher value, your hallway, stairs and landing is a perfect place to start.
Most UK properties feature carpeted staircases manufactured from low-quality softwood or a softwood and MDF mixture. It’s a cheap and efficient solution to a pretty costly problem of having stairs installed in the property.
But, as affordable as these carpeted softwood staircases are, theysignificantly lower the value of your property and don’t do you any favours when it comes to interior design.
Having a solid oak staircase installed will set you back at least £20,000, so unless you’re planning on a pretty lavish renovation project, it’s almost out of the question.
The solution to your hallway and landing woes is simple – install hardwood flooring and overclad the stairs with solid wood.
You don’t need to rip out your old stairs to have the look and feel of a brand new staircase. Just dial +44 01162 165 107 or email us at [email protected], and we’ll take care of everything for you.
How do we do it
With quite a few hallways and landing renovation projects under our belt, you can rest assured you’ll be in the right hands with Martin Allen.
Before we begin working on the project, our flooring experts will visit you and offer a free on-site quote for the entire renovation process. Once we agree on the laying style (see our article on different styles of laying wooden flooring) and the finish of the flooring, our flooring experts, will get down to work. Need some more ideas, then check Pinterest.
The renovation process begins by ripping up the carpet and the underlay both from the staircase and the hallway. After the oak floor has been laid, our workers will take the measurements of your stairs – careful and detailed measurements of the tread, the nosing and the rising of the stairs ensure a perfect fit for the end product.
The treads will then be ripped off and taken away to be overclad and have new nosings put on. The new nosings of the stairs are usually made from the same oak flooring used in the hallway. Everything is done off-site, and the entire process of over-cladding the existing treads with new ones and installing the nosings can be done in just a few hours.
Overcladding a standard staircase with new treads takes between four and five hours. The cladding process is tidied up with a quick sanding and topped with a preferred finish. Clients can choose between traditional water-based floor lacquer or oils.
Here at Martin Allen, we use only the highest-quality finishes which allow for swift drying time. All lacquers and oils used take no longer than an hour per coat to dry, which means that the standard four coat finish can be done in less than four hours.
The curing process of the lacquer is a bit longer – the finish is entirely cured in 48 hours. Nonetheless, you can comfortably walk across the newly finished floor just an hour after the last coat has been applied without fear of damaging it.
How do we make everything fit perfectly
To ensure a perfect fit and uniform look for the staircase, different sized oak boards are used in every project. For example, if the rise is 180mm high, we’d use 180mm wide boards that would be cut to fit the length of the stair’s tread.
For 320mm wide treads, two 160mm boards would be glued together and sanded to ensure they form a solid surface. The tongue of the boards would be cut off, and a new nosing would be added to create the same look as what the stairs have got before. What that would give us is a solid, uniform construction that can get overcladded in solid oak.
How do we make it safe
At Marin Allen Flooring Fitters, we use only the highest quality floor lacquers from trusted manufacturers such as Junckers, Osmo, and Bona Kami. Water-based lacquers are the standard when it comes to oak floor finishing, and they don’t pose any threat to the floor’s overall safety.
Even after five coats of lacquer, the flooring still retains its original anti-slip properties.
Oil finishes, on the other hand, are an entirely different story. Anything more than two reserved coats of oil can make hardwood floors slippery.
If you’re worried about small children slipping on the stairs and the landing especially and don’t think standard lacquer provides enough protection, there is a solution to that.
Antifriction and anti-slip products used for sports flooring can be applied to your hardwood floor to make it less slippery. Coating the stairs and the landing with these products creates a slightly rougher surface to the touch. Looks-wise, it looks the same as if standard water-based lacquer were applied.
However, if you want to take extra precaution, but don’t want it to affect the surface of the flooring, you can always opt for a final coat with a friction floss or a sports lacquer designed to provide a firm grip and prevent slipping.
A budget is usually what makes or breaks any home improvement project, but when it comes to hallway and landing renovation – it’s worth to break the bank a bit.
Having an existing staircase overclad with solid oak will set you back a couple of thousand pounds, depending on the dimensions of the stairs, the size of the landing and your preferred finish. Those few thousand pounds will provide you with a staircase that lasts forever and looks and feels like it’s worth close to those mentioned above £20,000.
Changing your hallway and landing from carpet to real wood is a fantastic way to increase the value of your property and have a high-quality, long-lasting addition to your home. Choose between a more contemporary, straight-cut look trimmed treads, or opt for rounded nosings and a darker finish for a more traditional feel.
Ready to add value to your home?
Email us at [email protected] or call 01162 165 107 to get a free onsite quote.
Martin Allen is a UK Nationwide wood flooring fitters and French polishing company, working on home and commercial projects large and small.