White Oak Stair Tread Details
The Hardwood Lumber Company manufactures quality wood stair treads at affordable prices. Our white oak treads are milled with new state-of-the-art equipment to produce consistent quality and precise sizes. White oak is known for its durability and characteristic light wood grain. It is an excellent option for homeowners who want to complement a bright or lightly-colored room with a natural wood staircase.
Please Note: Because each piece of wood has its own unique character, grain and color will vary from the sample images shown. All stair treads are custom made to order. All orders revised or cancelled after going into production (within 24 hours after order is received) will have a restocking fee of up to 50%.
Find The Perfect Look For Your Staircase Remodel
Our white oak stair treads are available in a custom range of sizes.
Standard or Retrofit
For homeowners completely replacing their current stairs, we offer standard treads. Retrofit is a better choice for those looking to refresh the look of their home without major renovations. Retrofit stair treads (also called retreads) fit over your existing stairs.
Standard treads come in 1”, 3/4", 1-1/4" or 1-1/2" thickness. Retrofit stair treads are 3/4" thick, with an overhang on the front edge measuring 1" thick x 1-1/4" deep.
White oak stair treads are available in any length up to 120” and any depth up to 18”.
Nosing is added on to the edge of each step as a safety feature. It increases the amount of space you have to step on as you climb the staircase. While this is mainly a safety feature, you can customize the look of your nosing. Hardwood Lumber Company offers these different nosing options:
- Bullnose (also known as half-round)
- Square edge
- Eased edge ⅛” radius
- Eased edge ¼” radius
Stair Tread Return Options
Our white oak stair treads can be milled with a left hand, right hand, or double end return.
Returns are determined by banister position. If you have a banister on the right side of your stairs, you need a right return; if left, then you need a left return. Left or right return is determined by standing at the bottom of the stairs looking up. Double returns are for those who have staircases with banisters on both sides.
Returns are 1-1/4" wide and extends 1-1/2" past the back side of the tread. Stair treads and risers over 48" long may be slightly oversize with uneven ends. All sizes are overall, including the return(s). For example, a single return 36" tread will have a 34-3/4" throat size, a double return 48" tread will have a 45-1/2" throat size.
Your white oak stair treads and risers can be ordered in a number of finish options.
Treads are available unfinished or prefinished with a durable two-component, commercial grade conversion wood varnish specifically made for high traffic areas. Treads can also be stained in a custom stain of your choice or matched to meet a current stain.
Additionally, we offer alternative finish options, including teak oil coating and painted options.
Available Wood Textures
Texture adds unique character to your stair treads. It’s another way to customize the look and feel of your white oak treads. Choose from one of these texture options:
- Hand planed
- Hand planed time-worn (filled or unfilled)
- Hand scraped
- Wire brushed
- Saw cut (circular or band saw)
- Chiseled edges
- Dings and dents
- Worm holes
If you prefer to have your stair tread sanded smooth and have no texture, be sure to select NONE in the Texture Options.
Wire Brushed Texture works best on wood with an open grain, such as Oak. On other tighter grain wood species, the Wire Brushed Texture will not have the same effect and will not be as visible.
Shipping may vary depending on your customization options. Please provide for a standard lead of 3-4 weeks for processing, milling, and shipping of stair tread orders.
For examples of our products, view our stair parts gallery.
White oak sapwood is light-colored and the heartwood is light to dark brown. White oak is mostly straight-grained with a medium to coarse texture, with longer rays than red oak. White oak therefore has more figure. We use only the higher quality grades of white oak lumber for our products.