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Why Pre-Finished Stair Treads Will Save You Time & Money

Why Pre-Finished Stair Treads Will Save You Time & Money

Julianna Labriola |

When it comes to renovating or building a home, the staircase often serves as a focal point.  Deciding between pre-finished stair treads and on-site finishing can be a critical choice that impacts not only the appearance but also the durability and convenience of your stairs. Let's delve deeper into the benefits of opting for pre-finished stair treads over on-site finishing.


Controlled Environment for Application:

One of the primary advantages of pre-finished stair treads is that the finishing process occurs in a controlled environment. Unlike on-site finishing, where dust and debris may accumulate during the finishing process, our factory finishing process is done in a specialized facility where cleanliness and controlled airflow is maintained. This controlled setting ensures that the finish is applied smoothly and evenly, resulting in a flawless appearance.


Multiple Coats of Proprietary Finish:

At Hardwood Stairs Direct, our products undergo a rigorous finishing process, often involving the application of up to 12 coats of a proprietary acrylic finish. This multi-layered approach not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also provides superior protection against wear and tear. In contrast, on-site finishing by builders or contractors often involves only a fraction of the coats. This is usually because finishing is a time-consuming and messy process that requires meticulous attention to detail in order to achieve optimal results. Given the time constraints and  labor-intensive nature of on-site finishing, contractors are generally limited to 2-4 coats of finish.  As a result, what initially seems like a cost-saving measure may soon turn into m considering the potential need for additional maintenance and refinishing down the line.


Elimination of Stain Coordinating Guesswork:

Coordinating stain colors on-site can be a daunting task, requiring careful consideration of various factors such as lighting conditions and wood species. With pre-finished stair treads, this guesswork is eliminated, as the finish is applied in a controlled environment using advanced tools and techniques. This ensures consistent color matching across all treads, achieving the desired aesthetic without the hassle of trial and error.


Minimal Disruption to Home Life:

Another significant advantage of pre-finished stair treads is the minimal disruption they cause to home life. Unlike on-site finishing, which can take several days to complete, pre-finished treads are ready for installation . This not only saves time but also eliminates the need for homeowners to vacate the premises during the drying process. In contrast, on-site finishing may limit access to those stairs for multiple days. Sometimes even having to find alternative sleeping accommodations for several nights, incurring additional potentially unforeseen costs and inconvenience.


Reduced Risk of Dust and Debris:

During the drying process of on-site finished stair treads, there is a higher likelihood of dust and debris settling into the finish, resulting in a textured and messy appearance. Waiting for a finish to dry also means a higher chance of accident such as pets or children damaging the finish. Once finish is damaged it is a long, frustrating, and possibly costly process to fix. In contrast, our pre-finished treads are finished in a controlled environment, minimizing the risk of contamination. This ensures a smooth and uniform finish that retains its pristine appearance for years to come.


In conclusion, while the decision between pre-finished and on-site finished stair treads may seem daunting, the benefits of opting for pre-finished treads are undeniable. From the flawless application in a controlled environment to the superior durability and convenience, pre-finished treads offer a hassle-free solution that enhances the beauty and longevity of your staircase. So why settle for less when you can elevate your home with the elegance and durability of pre-finished stair treads?


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