Concealing concrete stairs can give additional warmth to the area. It looks boring by just looking at the gray concrete stairs. There are so many possibilities when it comes to concealing or covering concrete stairs.
Consider the surrounding decor of the house as well as the time and costs of the project before choosing a process. You can opt for the less expensive options rather than cutting corners to save money on more expensive projects for those on a tight budget.
Here are the common materials to conceal concrete stairs:
Carpet Runners. To conceal concrete stairs, place the chosen carpet from top to bottom. For wooden stairs covering, narrow strips of carpet are placed down the center portion of the stairs, having bare areas on each side. Slit the carpet to fit edge to edge for a concrete type of stairs. This material could both be inexpensive to very expensive, depending on the cushioning and chosen to carpet.
Hardwood Flooring. Conceal concrete stairs with hardwood flooring for a rich modern or country look. The key to this project is before laying the hardwood strips, conceal the steps and rises with thin plywood. Depending on the hardwood chosen, this project can range from affordable to very expensive. For those working on a limited budget, wood laminate will undertake. During the process, the stairs are allowed to be used as the work can be done in stages.
Tile. Consider covering concrete stairs with tile for a retro or shabby chic look. To secure, use an epoxy-based glue and affix the tile to the concrete stairs. To create a mosaic look, use small colorful tiles or score bigger tiles to fit the area. For those who select a vinyl tile, this project can be completed within a relatively tight budget. The cost will go up strikingly if ceramic tile is desired. It depends on the type of tile selected with regards to the time involved. During the work process, the stairs can still be used.
Paint. Painting is the basic solution to shabby concrete stairs. For covering concrete in one coat epoxy-based paints are available. From penetrating into the concrete, the clear sealant avert oil or latex paint. Before adding your favorite color to the stairs, use the sealant first and allow it to dry completely. For those looking to save money on concealing, this project is affordable. However, the stairs can’t be used during this project for the drying time needed. For a beginner, it can be labor-intensive and messy. Seek the help of professionals if you yourself cannot finish the project.