Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 63
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RN63 Awesome outcome!
Treads, and risers, from Stairtek arrived quickly, and were packed well with no damage. I was worried, some reviewers had a bad experience, not here. Did not need to sand surface, except where I made a cut. Used non water based stain, water based Rust-Oleum Parks sanding sealer, and two coats of water based Rust-Oleum Parks poly. Minimal grain rise, used 400 grit between coats. Took several hours over several days. Awesome outcome. Will try to upload photos! Thanks HD and Stairtek!
September 17, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by EHardy Substandard quality -- read this before you buy!
So here's my saga with these retreads... I ordered a bunch for my house and made sure I ordered a third more than I needed. When they arrived, 3/4 were damages... cracks, mismatched colors (which doesn't matter if you stain but does if you want natural), uneven edges, etc. (see photos). I called Home Depot and they were great -- Fed Ex'd me out a new batch (of course now I had about 1,500 on my credit card). Same thing only these retreads weren't even builder's grade: they are supposed to come in a maximum of five pieces and these were eight, with tiny strips of wood mixed in. Horrible quality. Panicked (because contractor needed them), I called the manufacturer in Kentucky, Young Manufacturing. The woman had me email pictures of all the flaws which I did. Then I got a call from their distributor, Stairtek, who suggested I place yet another order with Home Depot (and more money on my credit card).
In the meantime, I went to Lumber Liquidators who also carries a version of these though more expensive. They are by the same manufacturer and the quality was far superior to Home Depot's. Clearly HD is getting the seconds. Then I thought about it and started fuming. I called the Stairtek guy back and told him I had emailed pictures, received defective merchandise, was on a deadline, wasn't made of money, and was pretty upset about it. Still I didn't have enough to finish my stairs and I needed them asap. He ended up sending me some handpicked ones, which saved me and I was grateful.
Home Depot was great -- said they would take everything back -- but my advice would be. (1) See if you can find a different manufacturer who makes a higher quality tread; (2) if you want to order these, make sure you order 4x the number if you plan to go natural.
December 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by waltzjump What a great product
Be warned that when you retread stairs, every step is a custom job. That said, with patience you can save a ton of money using this product and doing it yourself.
Last night I completed my stairs. I painted the stair well, refloored the entry, finished the treads & risers, and installed them in about two months. I did this on weekends and a couple hours after work on weeknights. The retread is of quality red oak and the bullnose is a bit fancy, which is nice. I did have to return two of the treads for new ones because they had nicks, but Home Depot was great and exchanged them with no problem. I returned them to the store & they shipped the replacements to me.
I chose to have a friend cut the bullnoses off my exisiting stairs rather than mess with shimming, but I see no reason why they couldn't go over the full step. (You'll just have to shim behind the new riser so it will meet flushly.) I sanded them with 320 & then 400 grit paper. The treads took the natural stain beautifully and, in my opinion, look prettier than the prefinished options. I did the poly work before installing (under coats of clear gloss, top coat of semi gloss) and the trick to that was pop cans. In order keep the treads from sticking to the drop cloth, I just put two cans of Coke under the bullnose whilst they dried.
As for cost savings, stairs are tedious so they're costly to have done professionally. The one company I found who would do it charges $125/tread to install -- not including materials. That's $1625 I saved by doing it myself and the great thing about these is that you CAN do it yourself. I'm a 5'4" woman. The only help I needed was a second pair of hands for safety as I cut the wood (and a friend to cut the bullnoses because the power hand tools for that are stronger than I.) I purchased the risers elsewhere, but my total cost for just the stair materials (retreads, risers, 1qt stain, 1qt clear polyurethan, 1qt semigloss, sandpaper, tack cloth, brushes, brads, PL adhesive, skeleton gun) was around $600.
November 8, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Robert Excellent Quality and Quick Delivery
I was hestitant when attempting this project to re-tread my carpeted stairs - but using these Oak Retreads really made things quite easy. The quality was superior - with only 1 of the 15 treads with a very minor defect (only an installer would notice !). Very minor sanding (210 grit) between 3 coats of polyurethane and they look professional. I would highly recommend this product. Please see my before and after photos - I hope you agree - my project came out perfect !!
December 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jim12 New Hardwood Stairs
We are vey happy with our new stairs. They arrived quickly, we stained, applied clear coat, sanded, drilled holes where need, and installed them. They turned out great!
April 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by stlomoser Excellent quality and craftsmanship evident in this product.
My stairs were covered with sheet vinyl and metal stair nosings. We wanted a more formal look to our staircase, but because it is a heavy traffic area, we really did not want to carpet the stairs. I tried to remove the vinyl with no luck. We looked at several types of wood overlays for the steps, some were very expensive. We decided on the unfinished solid red oak Stairtek tread overlay from Home Depot and I have not regretted it one bit. The treads are of high quality, beautiful red oak and mind you, they are solid wood, not plywood with a thin oak veneer. They are made from several oak boards edge-glued together to limit cupping and warping and the bullnose and attached inside cove are mortised into the tread as a one piece molding. The enclosed instructions show 3 different ways of installing the treads and risers, two require you to cut off your existing bullnose, the other does not. I chose to cut off the bullnose so my treads would not extend beyond the skirt board. The look is fantastic, the price was one third what some of the other overlays cost. I am well pleased with my purchase.
March 5, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by OldSchool1959 Great product for a DIY'r
You will need a table saw, miter saw, nail gun, orbital sander and a belt sander. I bought the unfinished red oak treads and managed to match my Bruce hardwoods fairly closely with Sherwin-Williams stain. After sanding with 120 grit and wiping down, I applied 4 coats of Minwax Poly for floors over several days. sanded between coats 1 & 2 with 400 grit.
I bought some 1 x 8 x 8' finger jointed primed planks to use as risers and their true 7 1/4" worked great without ripping them down.
The Stairtek treads were outstanding red oak and they worked out just fine. I did need to sand the sides of the built up moulding with the belt sander and 50 grit as they are 1/16 proud on the sides. I used PL Urethane adhesive and 18 gauge brads in my Ryobi One gun to secure the treads and the risers.
October 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MomOf3 Stairtek has met my expectations
The retreads were very easy to use and install. I only sanded it one time to smoothen it out and then it was ready for staining. I applied 3 coats of stain and polyurethane after. The finished product was beyond my expectations. I always get a lot compliments from my family and friends.
June 4, 2014