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Buying Stair Parts – What You Need to Know

When you work with contractors to get your home exactly how you want it, you’ll run into projects you didn’t even think about. One of these is the look and feel of your staircase. There are so many products to choose from, it can be pretty overwhelming.

At Sequoia Ltd., we offer a wide range of stair parts AND we’ll install them for you. Think about all of those details you’ve seen in the homes of your neighbors. Imagine if you could make yours even nicer. You’ll need to consider products like handrails, stair treads, moulding, skirtboard, stair hardware and more.

A baluster, which is a molded shaft that is cut from a rectangular or square plank, is one of many types of spindle in woodwork, used to support other pieces.

You’ll also want to choose a newel, which is the post at the bottom of the staircase. It can take on many different styles, from aristocratic to rustic, depending on the look you’re going for.

Whether it’s a residential or commercial staircase, we can help customize the look and feel you want.

Types of Wood for Stairs

While there is no one best kind of wood for stairs, there are some wood species that are most popular. American Cherry is a favorite for making heirloom quality stairs and other architectural components that will last in your home for generations. Other popular wood for stair parts include Oak, Maple, Poplar, Mahogany, Alder and Pre-Primed, to name a few others.

American Cherry

This is the wood you want when you picture your dream home with warm, inviting architecture that will last for generations. A staircase made from this has a light brown tone and ages to an auburn glow. It’s a soft wood, but hard enough to be durable for families with kids and happy chaos going on. It’s the kind of wood you imagine a staircase should have.


Also referred to as American Walnut or Black Walnut, this is the wood to choose when you want a rich-looking, dark staircase. Walnut is hardly ever stained because its natural finish is a deep brown. It’s a soft wood, but also tough enough to last for many years. People whose homes were built before the turn of the century have raved that their walnut stair treads and balusters remain in beautiful condition after hundreds of years of use.


If you’re tough on your house, have a lot of kids and pets, this may be the wood to choose. It’s super tough and durable, so you won’t have to worry. It can be finished and stained to appear dark red or light brown to match the décor of your home. It also has naturally occurring brown streaks, which give it an authentic, real appearance.


If you’re building a log cabin, or if you have a lot of traffic in your home, hickory is an excellent choice for a strong, durable wood. Its light and dark color variations make it a naturally beautiful wood that goes well in rustic, log cabin homes. It’s easy to stain and finish. Keep in mind, though, it undergoes a lot of movement with humidity changes. But bending and expanding of any kind is possible with any type of wood, only slightly more common with hickory. A knowledgeable manufacturer and installer like Sequoia will be able to accommodate and allow for this expansion.

White Oak

This is a very popular choice for stair parts because it is a hard wood that is also very water resistant. It’s also probably one of the easiest to stain, sand and finish of all the woods. Its beautiful grain pattern and grayish tone make it a favorite choice for contemporary and craftsmen-style homes.

Contact Sequoia Ltd. for more information about which wood species is best for your staircase project. We’ll work with you to find the right compliment to your décor and architectural style. Sequoia Ltd. is the premier flooring and stair manufacturer and installer in the area. Talk with us today!