Builders tend to fit most newer homes with softwood or MDF stairs, and the cost and mess involved in replacing them can be offputting. Heritage oak stair cladding offers you a simple cost-effective solution. By retaining your existing stairs, and bonding new oak treads and risers over the top, converting your staircase to solid oak becomes an easy weekend DIY job and better yet the cost is usually a fraction that of a new oak staircase.
It is critically important that the right kind of adhesive is used when fitting the cladding. Standard “no nails” style adhesive does not work and the treads will come loose over time. Heritage has had Ela-Stick especially produced for fitting stair cladding. The adhesive uses the latest polymer technology to ensure that it remains permanently flexible. This is very important as oak-like all timber expands and contracts as the moisture content in the surrounding air changes. However, your existing stairs are likely to be either softwood or MDF which react differently. Hard setting adhesives can crack due to the differential movement between the existing stairs and the new oak stair cladding.
4 x tubes of Ela-Stick Polymer adhesive, enough to bond 13 tread packs