Are you considering outfitting your home with vinyl flooring? If you have a home with stairs, you may have heard the term “stair nose” and you might be wondering what it is? Let’s go over the ins and outs of stair nosing and why it would be beneficial to have in your Raleigh, NC home with stairs.
WHAT IS STAIR NOSING?
To start off let’s discuss what stair nose is. Stair nose is the portion of vinyl flooring that covers the edge of your stairs. Frequently the stair nose jets out just a touch over the edge of the step. Most often the part of the stair you step on will be the stair nose.
WHY DO I NEED STAIR NOSING ON MY STAIRS?
The stair nose provides various purposes, mainly safety and aesthetic. Both of these are very important to many homeowners who have vinyl flooring throughout their homes.
DOES STAIR NOSING INCREASE THE SAFETY OF MY STAIRS?
Yes! One of the main functions of the stair nose is for increased safety. With the stair nosing the surface area of the stair is a bit larger, this is great if you have larger feet or are a bit unsteady underfoot. With the increased surface area, you are less likely to miss a step while moving about on the stairs. Stair nosing also makes your stairs more visible, since it sticks out over the edge of the actual step. This will also make falls less likely, improving the overall safety of your stairway.
ARE MY STAIRS PROTECTED WITH STAIR NOSING?
Having stair nosing on your vinyl stairs can in fact protect your stairs and extend the longevity of them and makes it easier to implement repairs if necessary. Since the stair nose covers the area that joins the steps together it protects the overall staircase giving you a place to step. Since the stair nosing does extend a bit past the edge of the step in most cases if any damage were to occur, it would be to the stair nosing not the overall structure of the stair. This means that if you need to replace something you will likely be able to get away with a much easier flooring replacement. Replacing the vinyl stair nosing will be a much easier fix than replacing an entire step.
WILL STAIR NOSING RUIN THE OVERALL DESIGN OF MY FLOORS?
No! Oftentimes homeowners prefer the look of the stair nose on their steps rather than not. To obtain a cohesive design with your vinyl flooring you can have your stair nosing match the vinyl you are using on your stairs and throughout your home. Another design idea is to choose contrasting or even complimentary colors of vinyl for your stair nosing to add a bit of visual interest throughout your home.
There are many benefits to having stair nosing installed on your stairs in your North Carolina home. If you have further questions our experts here at Snap Tech – LVP are knowledgeable and ready to answer any additional questions you may have. We are your stair nose experts here in the Raleigh, NC area.