What is the best wood for stairs? The wood staircase in your home will be used a lot!  This is why you should use a high-quality wood that can withstand lots and lots of abuse.

There are a variety of woods to select from, some cheap, some expensive. But not all woods are created equal. Finding high-quality wood that will complement your home while being affordable and durable is essential.

Another factor to consider is your climate. Wood unsuitable for your climate will age quickly and experience problems over time.

To help you narrow down your search, here are a few popular options you could consider.

Popular Wood Species

White Oak

There are a number of reasons that white oak is widely used for stairs. The old adage “solid as an oak” has stood the test of time for a reason. It’s hard and strong, that is a given, but there is more. White oak is open-grained but not quite as noticeable as red oak. White oak resists both shrinking and warping. It also has a golden color that finishes well. It is very resistant to rot and is also used in making heavy-duty products such as boats, beams, doors and furniture.

Because oak is a slow-growing, it is remarkably durable; it has a fine grain that is nearly air-tight; making it an excellent material for staircase parts like handrails, balustrades and base rails.

American white oak has an attractive straight, knot-free grain with an understated lustre. White oak hues vary from light yellowy brown to a pale tan colour.


Beechwood is a light and smooth hardwood and has a slight orange color. Beechwood is highly versatile, flexible, and extremely durable. Some woods can give off a slight scent, but Beechwood is odorless; great for the allergy sufferers in your home. Beechwood is also shock-resistant, and that is what makes it durable in high-traffic areas.


Birch wood is a great option for staircases as it is generally light in color, smooth-grained, and easily stained. Birch is also extremely durable which makes is a great candidate for high-traffic areas such as staircases. Birch doesn’t have many knots or rough edges, making it easy to work with for flooring and/or handrails.

Depending on your needs, preferences, and other factors (i.e. climate), these three options are considered the best wood  staircase. While there are plenty of other options, these have proven to be the most dependable and affordable year-after-year.

Troendle Hardwoods Is Your Best Option For Wood Recommendations And Staircase Installations

Your home’s staircase will be used continually, which means your wooden staircase will take a beating. Using the wrong wood could end up costing you a lot in maintenance and/or repairs. Rather than risk it, contact the professionals at Troendle Hardwoods for all of your flooring and staircase needs.

We’ll schedule a consultation with you to discuss your needs, understand your budget, and provide the information you need to make the best decision possible. We’ll help you build or renovate your staircase the right way.

Why wait any longer?

Contact us today to schedule your consultation and see what’s possible!