The 5 Best Stair Treads [Ranked]
As far as indoor treads go, the Softy Stair runners are our highest-rated option- they muffle noisy stairs while also providing traction against slip-and-falls.
Stair treads can be made of various materials, but they’re usually made from heavy duty fabric or rubber.
People attach them to bare wood stairs to give them better traction when going up or down. They’re especially useful for when you have young children or elderly pets who might have trouble negotiating stairs (Source).
How do they work?
Stair treads work by providing additional grip to your feet when you’re walking up and down stairs. Bare wood steps — while they look great — are often slippery and can be a hazard when going up or down. In addition, outside steps can become treacherous with rain, snow and ice. Treads make steps safer.
Buyers recommend purchasing double sided carpet tape to help keep stair treads in place even if they advertise they have a ‘no-slip’ backing.
It’s also suggested to clean the surface throughly before securing the treads to the wood. This will help to keep your treads securely in place (Source).
How Do They Compare?
All of the stair treads we looked at are for indoor use save for the Rubber-Cal “Coin Grip” Non slip rubber tread stair mats 6 pack and the Puchan-LM Outdoor Stair Mat Treads.
While the Rubber Cal mats can be used inside such as in the garage or an unfinished basement, their no frills black rubber design means they probably won’t complement your home’s decor. Buyers say these mats stand up to rain, sun and snow, which make them ideal for outdoor use or use in commercial settings. They’re easy to install by nailing them down, using two sided tape or some other adhesive such as Epoxy Nose Caulk (Source).
The Puchan-LM Outdoor Stair Mat Treads have a more fancy design than does the Rubber-Cal and is best used on icy porches or steps leading up to the house. While stylish, buyers voiced concerns over the mat not staying in place without some additional adhesive and the long term durability due to the mat’s thinness.
Next we looked at the Softy Stair Treads. Made from polypropylene, buyers said these treads do tend to stay in place on their own, but say that adding two sided carpet tape is ideal for creating a stronger bond. On the negative side, it was noted that this tread is a little on the thin side so the durability over time is questionable.
The Berrnour Home Stair 7 piece treads are soft and help reduce noise while walking down the stairs in addition to adding traction. These treads are plain beige, which some people might find too plain for their decor. Like many stair treads, buyers recommend securing these with some double sided carpet tape.
Lastly we looked at the Brown Floral Stair Tread Rugs. These feature a modern design and a no-skid rubber backing. The kit comes with 7 pieces and buyers say they clean up quickly with warm water and soap. This set gets high marks for their price to performance value.