I appreciate any help on this. I live in a 100 year old house that had some gross carpet, which I pulled up. Underneath are very worn out painted pine treads (see picture below).
specs: risers are about 6 inches treads are about 8.5 inches x 32 in x 1 in. There seem to be 3 stringers beneath the treads and risers.
Rather than repainting the old treads, I’d rather have some maple treads to match the floors. i have a lot of experience woodworking but not much in construction so i have a few questions:
Is it better to pull out the old treads or can I mount new treads on top of the old ones? (to be honest…it’s an old house and i’m scared what i might find if i pull the treads up.)
I’ve seen commercial retreads that are 1/2 in thick and have a bullnose. do these work?
Any reason not to make my own treads out of 3/4 maple rather than pay three times as much? I’m guessing 3/4 in will look “off” so I should probably plan on gluing 1/4 molding underneath to make it look thicker, if i go this route.