Treads are the part of the stair you step on. Risers are the piece of wood (painted or stained) that is to the back of and perpendicular to the tread.
What are balusters? Shoes?
Balusters are the decorative pieces (wood or iron) that help support the handrailing of your staircase. Shoes are small wrought iron pieces that are attached to the bottom and sometimes the top of the baluster. The bottom of the baluster is square and the hole that is drilled is round and oversized. Shoes disguise this.
Newel posts are the large oversized posts that support the handrail.
What is the price range of a staircase makeover?
A typical staircase with new treads and risers will cost around $2100. A staircase (13 steps) with all new balusters will average between $1300 and $1500. A staircase TOTALLY redone (new treads and risers, new balusters, handrails, and newel posts—not including new carpet) usually costs around $5000--$8000. Adding a carpet runner will range between $600 and $2000, depending upon the cost of the carpet chosen and the details of the installation.
Are there minimum labor charges?
Yes. Our minimum labor charge is $600. Even seemingly small staircase makeovers are very time consuming. The skill, precise measuring, and time involved are the reasons for the labor minimums. Each staircase is truly a custom project.