If you plan to sell your home in Berks County, one way to add value and visual appeal to your home is to paint your indoor or outdoor stairs. People often overlook the stairs when it comes to home improvement projects. But it can be an easy way for you to make a big impact in the look of your home. Whether you want to give your interior stairs a makeover or just fix the peeling paint on the back deck, there's a perfect paint for the job.

Here's a quick guide to the types of paint that are best for freshening up your interior and exterior stairs. 

Outdoor Stairs

Your outdoor stairs really take a beating, both from traffic and from the elements here in Pennsylvania. So you need a highly durable paint to take all that abuse. Wood stairs do best with a 100% acrylic exterior paint. There are types of acrylic paint specifically for use on porches, floors, and exterior stairs. You should stay away from glossy finish paints, as they can be slippery when wet.

Satin or eggshell finish paints are the best choice, as they can resist stains and be cleaned easily without creating a slipping hazard. For extra safety, you can add a non-slip additive to your paint for extra texture and slip resistance. 

Indoor Stairs

Your indoors stairs may not see the same wear as your outdoor stairs, but they still get a lot of use, especially with foot traffic. Indoor stairs will also do well with 100% acrylic paint. But for indoor stairs, you can use a semi-gloss paint for easier cleaning. It won't pose as much of a slipping hazard since they won't be getting wet, like the outdoor stairs.

If you're planning on painting your indoor stairs in different colors, you might consider different paint finishes, too. For example, you could paint the risers and spindles in a semi-gloss paint and use a lower luster paint for the railings and treads for increased safety.

Paint Design Ideas

Your stairs can really be a place to unleash your creative side when it comes to painting, as there are a number of elements that can be painted differently.

One classic way to paint stairs is to paint the risers and spindles in a light color, and the treads and railing in a complementary dark color. This approach looks crisp and creates a lot of visual interest. 

If you like the look of a classic stair runner, but you don't want the risk of tripping, you can paint a runner down the center of your staircase for a great visual effect.

Refinishing Stairs for a Fresh, New Look

A fresh coat of paint is a simple way to instantly transform the look of your stairs and brighten the entire area around them. If you're considering refinishing stairs in your Berks County home, it's important to have all the right paints and tools for the job. That way, you're sure to make your vision a reality. 

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