The case of Karndean
Staircases in terraced houses of the Victorian era can pose a problem when it comes to dressing them and many have a pitch that would contravene today’s planning laws. The treads are narrower than is usual today and so the descent can be a little hazardous for novices. If you take the stair back to its original wood finish it can look appealing but will alert the household to anyone going up or down at anytime.
Carpeting the staircase in a terraced house can deaden and reduce noise transference to neighbouring properties, but this is not a good long-term solution. The common experience is that the carpet on the risers becomes damaged very quickly by hard shoes catching them. The carpet also reduces the tread width slightly but noticeably. So ideally you need carpet on the treads but a more durable surface on the risers.
This is where Karndean longboard tiles can assist. By cutting the tiles to the exact height and length of the riser and then adhering it to the smooth flat surface, it creates a hard-wearing and attractive finish. When carpeting is matched to the colour and fixed to the treads by a mix of glue and staples, you have a practical, lasting and attractive solution.
Karndean is designed as a desirable, alternative wood-look flooring. The benefit is that, unlike laminate floors, it is a man-made material which is flexible and noise reducing and comes in many different shades from white to dark brown. It also has a range in stone appearance and is easy to maintain.
Check their website for the full range; http://www.karndean.com/en-gb/floors