Staircase with wall to wall carpet from Metro Flooring

Stair Case Safety - Carpet vs. Hard Surface

There is a common trend among consumers wanting to put hard surface on their staircase. Why you may ask. Because it doesn't stain and it holds up well to traffic. However, it is significantly more expensive than carpet.

After we sell a hard surface staircase often within a year clients come back to us and ask us to either remove the hard surface or add a carpet runner.
Staircase with Karastan Custom Made Carpet Runner & a Staircase carpet runner from Metro Flooring
Staircase with Karastan Carpet Runner

Consider these statistics from the National Safety Council. Over 1 Million injuries occur each year as the result of stairway falls. Staircase and stairway accidents constitute the second leading cause of accidental injury, second only to motor vehicle accidents. Each year, there are 12,000 stairway accident deaths.

Well, we have some opinions here at Metro Flooring. The safest staircase is undeniably carpet! It's so much safer for you pets and family. Stairs can be a danger in the house, having carpet makes it softer should you slip. Hard surfaces tend to be slippery, especially to dogs. But you hate the look of that wore down plush carpet don't you! What I suggest is to make the staircase both functional and beautiful. The carpet on your stairs should be a design feature. Using a pattern carpet will hide dirt and give your guest something to talk about.

Staircase with wall to wall carpet from Metro Flooring in San Diego
Staircase carpet runner with edging. Offered by Elite Flooring Distributors
Staircase carpet runner with edging from Metro Flooring
Staircase with wall to wall carpet. Offered by Elite Flooring Distributors

The other option is that if you absolutely love hardwood on your stairs you could always put a runner. Of course this will cover up a good percentage of the hardwood. But it's the best option if you want looks and protection.

Whether you want to be safe with carpet or sleek with hard surfaces come and set up an appointment with one of our designers to help you choose what's right for you. If you do please take a picture of your staircase.
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