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Old 12-06-2008, 06:00 PM
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Has anyone installed this product? If so, how pleased were you with the product? Did you have any trouble with code enforcement? We are looking to use this on our staircase in place of the carpeting. Any information would be appreciated.
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:22 AM
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Looks pretty much like crap to me.
They make it look easy- but don't be fooled. It's basically an overlay, which means that the first and last risers will not meet code. And I'm sure they have kept the material as thin as possible- which means that if the original treads are not perfectly flat, the overly will probably crack/split in no time.
If your house has a prebuilt staircase, your pretty much stuck with the existing. However, some were built using pine treads and some manufacturers used particle board treads. So, there is the possiblity of finishing the pine treads and using a veneer to cover the riser.
If your house has site built stairs- then it can be torn out to the stringers and rebuilt using oak treads and good material/oak for the riser. Yes it would cost more, but at least you know what you got!
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:19 PM
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Thanks for that info. We have the cheap builder's carpet and just slab underneath. I am trying to get rid of all carpeting and this looked like an alternative. One carpet place did tell me to be aware of code violations. The product does not look cheap and is made of real wood. We actually picked it up and it is regular oak, or at least the one we looked at is oak.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:37 AM
Location: Houston, Texas
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How can refacing anything affect code? You are putting a thin face on existing. You are not touching anything structurally. That makes no sense.

I never seen this product but I sure would wonder how the average Joe would do veneering with limited knowledge. Especially when doing round corners or bends. How the hell do they do under the pickets and around newal posts? Does the product ask Joe the homeowner to remove all the pickets and newals?

I smell disaster.

Why not just sand the stairs down and refinish? It's messy but............
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Old 12-09-2008, 12:10 PM
Location: Georgia
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I am actually trying to do the same thing with my stairs, however mine are just plywood. I looked at EZ-stairs, it seems too thin for my application but you state that your stairs are concrete slab, then this should certainly work. It certainly wont affect the structural integrity(slab). I would go for it.
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