A well-built wooden staircase will last for generations in your house if you take good care of it, but that does not mean, of course, that you have to keep it for generations.
If you want to replace your old staircase with a new one it may be nice to know that your wooden staircase is fully recyclable. This is mainly done through energy recycling. Wood contains a lot of energy and everything can be reused. About two percent of the staircase consists of metal in the form of fittings, screws, etc. The metal can be recycled in full.
In Sweden, the most common stair is a staircase completely, or mostly, in wood. Different types of wood have different properties but also different prices. Pine is our cheapest option as we have plenty of pine forest in Northern Sweden and the wood we use is literally harvested in our backyard. But Pine is a fairly soft wood and the staircase is exposed to quite tough time every day. This is probably one of the reasons almost 80 of the steps we produce today are ordered in oak.
The oak is a hard and durable wood that for this reason works well for both floors and stairs. The prices of oak have risen sharply in recent years as the supply isn’t quite keeping up with demand. But if you choose staircase in oak you can be sure it will last for many, many years. The most common combination is oak in steps and railings, while the remaining details of the staircase are in white pine. To avoid yellowing (which always occur sooner or later) on the surface softwood, we manufacture stringers in an MDF-clad pine kernel. This also reduces the impact on the environment and the price. Poles and railings are made in finger-cut pine, which allows us to avoid the branches.
But there are many other woods to choose from.
Ash with its vigorous grain is as hard as oak and very well suited for staining/varnish.
Beech has a slight tint of red in its original color. Its a hardwood that is commonly used across Europe. Also a good wood for those who want to stain. Not well suited for coating as the joined fins tend to move a bit uneven based on humidity and the step in particular tends to look striped.
Birch is a material suitable for coating but also naturally beautiful with its bright color and subtle grain.
You can read more about our woods the page about Wood and surface treatment.
The care instructions vary slightly depending on the type of surface treatment you have chosen, but if you follow them, your wooden staircase will last for many years!