Vinyl Plank, Carpet, or Hardwood Stairs- Which is Best?
Vinyl Plank, Carpet, or Hardwood Stairs- Which is Best?
Is Vinyl Plank a good material for the stairs in your home? Let’s answer that question by answering: 1. Is it safe? 2. Is it easy to install? 3. How does it compare to Carpet or Hardwood stairs?
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I recall friends and coworkers giving us a hard time about replacing carpet on our stairs with more carpet when we bought our house, but they didn’t have kids and the stairs feel a bit steep compare to others. This makes me feel like we made the right choice
I have fallen down and UP the stairs many times while wearing socked feet. Hardwood stairs are slippery, and I have atrocious balance.
I replaced my stairwell with a fire pole. Going down is easy, but going back up is a little more difficult. Solved the carpet vs hardwood debate.
Dude you looked like a Dummy falling of the stairs lol 😂👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
I prefer carpet on the stairs, it’s much safer. There is an assortment of carpet to fit every decor. For bedrooms like carpet due to acoustics and comfort. Also get a spot cleaner, they are huge lifesavers whenever you spilled liquids or your cat or dog has peed on the carpet.
Anti-slip tape will resolve the problem.
I loved the dummy. Hilarious 😆
I hate carpeted stairs. I don’t know how many times I’ve tripped on carpeted stairs and the padding that’s in the stairs. Now if you use a thin runner type I have had less of a problem with those. But when you use the carpet that are typically done wall-to-wall they have too much padding.
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We just pulled the trigger on some new vinyl planks for our entire downstairs and stairs. We moved into a new construction home a year ago and our stock stair carpet is extremely slippery. It’s caught me off guard a few times. Looking forward to getting our new floors!
I’ve been installing all types of flooring for 32yrs now and in my house the stairs will always be carpet. Lost count how many times I’ve lost my balance on stairs considering I have a below knee prosthetic for the past 18yrs. 1000% recommend carpet. On another note make sure your installer wraps the underlay over the nose of the stair. Big difference!!!!!!!!
I HATE carpeted stairs. I’ve BY FAR almost slipped and fell on them the most. When my foot hits the nose of the stair it just keeps going.
Yes, but use staircase mats in place of runners to retain some of the vinyl plank look.
I have hardwood and staircase mats to accent it. I stain the wood a grey, then added dark gray staircase to give it contrast. I kept most of the look and now have traction.
We have hardwood on the stairs and I slipped and fell from the top last year! Unbelievable! Very unsafe.
We had carpet we all had multiple turns slipping down the stairs
Step covering is subjective …. Hardwood, too slippery. Vinyl …. less slippery, than what? and will the glue give loose. Carpet, dirty. I have natural wood … one set clear polyurethane and the other (to the basement) painted grey. Natural wood provides a safe and clean option. There is a fourth option. Please stay safe.
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Love the color of the vinyl plank, is it rigid core? Can you tell me make and color please?
Hi. What Brand, Color and Cost of this vinyl plank?
Good video with points to ponder! We replaced every piece of carpet in our home with either hardwood or vinyl and I would never go back. Carpet may be less slippery but it is dirty and impossible to really clean even tough you think it is, We put the vinyl planks on the steps leading to the finished basement and I we have never had any issue with slipping. The steps are up to code and very well lit and have a sturdy hand rail. What we had on those steps before was a indoor/outdoor carpet which was very slippery.
I just put polyurethane on my stairs. First coat wasn’t slippery. 2nd coat was really slippery. I just mixed in some of those anti slip sand particles for a 3rd coat. Hope it works out ok.
I absolutely Hate the carpets on the stairs , especially with two Jack Russell around, hair are everywhere
I fell down the stairs the most on carpet stairs 😅. Once a week in my old townhouse stairs and once in a year in my new house basement stairs. So yeah, totally agree it’s all in when the home was built for some reason. I never fell down my hardwood staircase in my new house. Maybe because we know it’s hard and proceed with caution 😅! Those carpet stairs are really slippery barefoot stepping wrong on the edge. Also, most people hate the way carpet stairs look and it gets really dirty fast. If selling your house always replaced them!
No joke; currently sitting on the carpeted staircase in our new home, was looking up videos on how to remove carpet from stairs as we were GOING to have the hard wood beneath the carpet refinished tomorrow along with our floors. Now, I’m looking up places to get new carpet installed lol. Seen too many accident videos on reddit, I’ll pick safety over style any day of the week. Cheers
oh my god you gave me a heart attack
How the hell did you survive that fall? You should go to hospital and get checked out.
NEWS FLASH!! My sister fall down a set of stairs with a plate of spaghetti. Left a mess all over the walls and stairs!!
Without knowing anything, carpet is by far safer. I don’t know about how difficult it is but that is fairly obvious. It’s funny how "smart" phones make us dumber because we don’t reason things out before looking into things. It’s like Google maps. It’s making us drones with no thought
I have had to go up and down carpeted stairs with crutches….broke my leg skiing and many years later broke my knee. I had many near misses going down the stairs that could have been falls. I love the look and cleanliness of wood and have wood floors but will keep my carpet.
There are more variables than that. What about a gloss versus satin versus flat finish. What about putting down nonskid tape or not?
Blame the stairs for your carelessness? Get an elevator…
Vinyl plank is the trailer park trash way of doing things. Use a carpet runner or gripper treads , dont be an idiot and get sued by your mother in law !!!
Please show a better detail on how you installed the vynle flooring on your stairs
I have fallen more on carpeted stairs than I have on my laminate flooring.
I use carpet treads for the top of the stairs only. Best of both worlds.
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I would have loved to actually see a video of you putting on the v, plank on the basement stairs. I think that’s my next project.
I’ve had carpet on my stairs before and still fell 😂
Please be safe. I think Vinyl, Laminate, and hardwood are all dangerous on stairs. I know carpets are dirty. I think using a easily replaceable carpet runner may be the best way to go. You only have to fall down from a slippery stairs once to realize carpet is the safest option. Since permanent carpet is too hard to replace therefore I recommend a runner option.
Not me watching this after falling down my entire flight of stairs
My childhood home has carpet on the stairs and we always slip. So I’m not sure what to think about the resistance now that we’re considering pulling up the carpet and adding hardwood.
The bit of a lip on vinyl stair nose is a trip hazard. It might keep sox from slipping off the edge but if you catch it wrong, it will send you down especially if your hands are full with something like a laundry basket that is hard to see past.
You have info on the track and materials you used
I’ll be sticking with carpet. I’ve had it for 15 years with no issues of slipping. I use a fabric carpet runner.
I like your Socks. I have the same pair.
Great video, solidified my decision to stay with carpet on the stairs and upstairs!
They make whole treads with vinyls so it’s easy to put them on lol
Just buy a nice stair runner. They are a classic look!
Well, everyone has their opinion. I rip out carpet from stairs every time we move. What you didn’t test was what kind of shoe is being worn. Slick leather soled shoes on carpet are a recipe for a fall. Grippy athletic shoes work well on hardwood or vinyl. The weight of the person climbing or descending the stairs is a factor too. Just dragging a light block of sock covered wood over a surface is hardly a good scientific test. But to each their own. I’ll stick with uncarpeted, hardwood stairs every time. (Not to mention that uncarpeted surfaces are so much easier to keep clean and allergen free.)
Your sock needed to have the weight of a human. It may not affect the hardwood #s but the vinyl comes textured sometimes and carpets collapse under weight both changing the gription rate as well…that’s right….gription.