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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
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    • CommentAuthorRwatking
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2014
    We're planning the staircase for our new build and are attracted to ones in American White Oak. We have been warned, however, that the treads may prove to be somewhat slippery when walked down in bare feet or socks/stockings. Having the treads covered in something seems to defeat their aesthetic beauty and is a route down which we'd rather not travel. On the other hand, safety, particularly of our grandchildren, is paramount.

    Anyone have any experience of slippery oak staircases? Is this likely to be a problem or not? If so, any suggestions?

    Thanks in anticipation.

    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2014
    If you give them a matt oiled finish they will obviously be less prone to slipping than if they had a glossy lacquer finish. You can also insert an anodised aluminium strip into a routed channel on each tread. They are available in decent lengths and various widths usually about 3 - 4 mm thick. They have a linear corrugated profile and if nicely inserted can look quite pleasing
    Faced with a similar problem 18 years ago with some oak treads I routed the edge, first with a 1/4 round and then V groves behind that. This has been quite successful, its in a guest / student / rented / volunteer accommodation (all at different times) and no one to my knowledge has slipped and certainly no one has complained about slipping. I have used them and never found them slippery. Over the years the groves have not worn that much, but I did not take the V groves to a point with the adjacent grove but left a flat top. Picture if it works
      stair treads.JPG
    Yup, the picture worked:bigsmile:
    Our oak stairs are matt oiled and are not in the slightest bit slippy in bare feet, with my "shiniest" socks on they are slightly slippy, perhaps not safe if you were running full tilt but perfectly safe at walking pace.
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2014
    Silk Osmo on ours. Fine in bare feet. Bit slippery in socks but not too bad. No real concern.

    Google found they do an anti-slip version but haven't tried it. Test on scrap wood first?..

    Non-slip socks?
    • CommentAuthorsnyggapa
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2014
    our oak stairs were just oiled with raw linseed oil , nothing to complain about although with any wooden floor, running in socks will always end in tears..
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2014
    How about these if you're really worried.
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2014
    Posted By: RwatkingHaving the treads covered in something seems to defeat their aesthetic beauty

    Traditionally, the stair runner isn't full width so you can see the beauty and hideous expense of your stair treads at the side?
    We have lived with bare varnished hardwood stairs this near 20 years.
    The dogs soon got used to them, though the 40 to 50 kg bastard Mastiff breeds at first virtually slid right out the front door, as the hall floor was also varnished/polished wood.
    Bessie, bless her soul, seemed to figger it worked better to rush DOWN the stairs.
    Every time.
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