Types of Flooring for a Staircase:
While carpet and hardwood are the two most common new home staircase flooring materials, you can get creative with how you combine and incorporate these materials in your Cary NC custom home.
Browse popular staircase style photos inside Cary, NC area new homes.
Flooring Materials for a New Home Staircase:
How do homebuyers choose between hardwood and carpet for the main staircase? See the pros and cons of each staircase flooring material, with photo from Cary custom homes by Stanton Homes.
1. Hardwood Staircases
Hardwood staircases - which provide a clean look for all home styles from contemporary to craftsman - are a popular request for Cary NC new homes.
On one hand, homebuyers consider hardwood steps easier to clean - they require a broom rather than vaccum or rug machine.
On the other hand, a hardwood staircase is more expensive.
2. Carpet Staircases
Carpeted staircases are often considered:
- Safe and comfortable: carpet can be more slip-resistant than hardwood
- Quieter: some say they prefer carpet because it muffles the sound of kids, pets, and shoes
- Less costly: an upgrade to a hardwood staircase is often close to $2000 or more depending on the size, shape, and features.
3. Carpet Runner on the Staircase
A carpet runner can offer the best of both worlds: it provides a slip-proof layer to your stairs, without covering your coveted hardwood steps and white painted risers.
4. Staircase Carpet Runner Idea #2
A specialty carpet runner can create a more traditional effect - such as the foyer staircase this version of the Summerlyn. The black patterned carpet runner flows over hardwood steps and white wood risers, with a hardwood landing half-way down the stairs.
This staircase also features a "volute" or curved handrail at the foyer landing.
5. Hardwood Base Step or Steps
Another popular staircase design pairs one or more hardwood steps with carpeted treads and risers. Using a combination of carpet and hardwood materials can help save money on your new home build.
In this version of the Bostwick, the first step - called a rounded edge "open stair" - is made of hardwood.
All steps visible through the wrought iron balusters are carpeted with hardwood treds, made to look like a carpet runner. The remaining steps - mostly out of view - are fully carpeted.
6. Multiple Hardwood Steps
Here's another take on the dual hardwood - carpet staircase style. In this version of the Firebird, all visible steps are made of hardwood treads (the horizontal portion of the step) and white painted wood risers (the vertical portion of the step).
Again, we see that the steps primarily out of view are carpeted.
7. Hardwood Steps with Painted Risers
While many home buyers choose to pair hardwood steps with white risers (like the examples above), this custom design uses an accent color to blend the risers into the surrounding mountain house style trim.
8. Stained Hardwood Steps and Risers
This formal entrance features a curved staircase with stained hardwood steps AND risers - in an elegant, dark color. The secondary staircase (pictured in the background) lightens up the great room with white painted risers.
See more staircase design photos in these Raleigh and Cary custom homes:
- Staircase Idea #1: Curved staircase with dark wood stain - in a version of the Avonstone Manor house plan
- Staircase Idea #2: Hardwood staircase in the foyer, with cable railing overlook - in a version of the Smokey Ridge house plan
- Staircase Idea #3: White painted staircase with hardwood steps - in a version of the Worthington II house plan
- Staircase Idea #4: Craftsman staircase with split landing - in a version of the Chalet Vert house plan
- Staircase Idea #5: Carpeted staircase with black stained railings - in a version of the Treehouse house plan
Cary NC New Homes - Custom Staircase Options:
Considering new homes in the Raleigh, NC area? Tell us what style you love best - hardwood vs carpet stairs - or a combination of both. Stanton Homes will tell you what it costs, inside your favorite new home floor plan.