One common question we receive is regarding the estimated cost of stair nosing. When plans are being made for a new build or restoration in a commercial setting, sometimes there is not a lot of money allocated for flooring accessories, such as transitions, trims, and stair nosing. Other times, the flooring accessories play a large part in the look of the project, so no expense is spared.
The answer to this question ranges greatly depending on the stair nosing brand and product selected. At Optimum Technologies, we work with Gradus products, which offer a range of stair nosing options that accommodate budgets on both ends of the spectrum.
Pricing can range from less than $1.00 per sq.ft. for trims to over $30.00 per sq.ft. for some stair nosing, depending on a range of factors.
Whether you purchase stair nosing from Gradus or from someone else in the industry, there are several questions we recommend addressing in order to understand the relative pricing for your purchase.
There are a wide range of finishes and designs available for stair nosing. To determine which profile is best for your situation, you will need to know some basic information.
Shape of the Step
For stair nosing, it’s important to first consider the shape of the step.
- Is it straight?
- Does it have a right angle?
- Does it slant back?
- Is it rounded?
Not only is the shape of the step important, but you also want to know the thickness of the product that will be used on the tread portion of the step. Once you have that information, you will be able to narrow down the profiles available to you.
Finishes for Your Budget
After selecting the right profile, you can consider the ideal finish. This is where the pricing can really vary. If you’re working on a tight budget, you will want to stay away from the Bronze stair nosing, as it is the most expensive profile in our line. Gradus has a wide range of stair nosing that is made of Aluminum and uPVC (Hardnose PVC). These are much more economical than the Bronze profiles.
There are very cheap stair nosing alternatives available through other manufacturers, such as PVC. But, consider this risk. Cheap alternatives like PVC may only last 2-3 years vs.10 years for a higher quality product. Gradus products tend to run a little higher in price, but offer premium and lasting qualities.
Stair Nosing Specialty Inserts
Stair nosing profiles can be modified further by using color inserts. Unlike products from other companies, Gradus does not charge extra for the various color inserts that are available for the stair nosing profiles. However, there are upcharges for specialty inserts, such as Xtra-Grip, Xtra-Grip Plus, Exterior, and Photoluminescent inserts.
Final Notes on Stair Nosing Costs
Just like with any purchase, you can always find a cheaper alternative. Regardless of your budget, there are some variables to address before you can get an accurate estimate.
If you would like to explore the colors and profiles available, download the Gradus catalog. Even if you choose a different product, this will help give you an idea of what is out on the market.