Selecting the Perfect Stairs for Your Deck

Feb 24, 2021 | Decks

Tips for Selecting the Perfect Stairs for Your Deck

Adding stairs along with your new deck purchase or replacing worn-out steps is a great way to keep your deck sturdy, accessible and versatile. As a bonus, a deck with stairs makes for a great emergency exit point. Check out these tips for selecting the perfect stairs for your deck!


Choosing the Material

When it comes time to choose the material for your deck stairs, you can use the same logic you would when choosing the material of a deck or fence. Here is a quick guide to get you up to speed!



There are wood options for every budget. Pressure-treated lumber is the ultimate budget-friendly option. This material is sturdy but should be power washed every two to three years to reduce decay and fungus growth. On the other hand, redwood is a bit more resistant to decay and offers a lustrous red coloring. If brute strength is your priority, then you’ll want to opt for a set of stairs constructed from tropical hardwood.



Composite stairs are a newer option, but you definitely shouldn’t let them slip past your radar.  Virtually zero maintenance is required to keep this wood fiber/ plastic blend looking squeaky clean for seasons to come. Plus, they are long-lasting and available in a wider array of colors and configurations.


Decking Out the Deck Stairs

Once you’ve chosen the material you want for your stairs, there are a few things you can do to accessorize them! If your stairs are made of wood, for starters, applying a sealer upfront will help preserve your deck’s fresh aesthetic.


Remember that your new stairs will pose a slipping hazard if there’s any moisture on them. Luckily, you can reduce the risk of slips without breaking the bank by purchasing and installing outdoor stair treads. If you’re planning to use your deck at night time, you may also want to consider installing a lighting solution for your stairs. These significantly improve visibility and can also help step up the appearance of your new investment!


Find the Perfect Decking Material for You with Excel Fencing and Decking


At Excel Fencing and Decking, we are proud to meet every customer’s needs, whether they are searching for new residential wood fencing or repairs to aluminum decking. We are a full-service fencing and decking company working throughout the greater Baltimore area and carrying top brands including Trex, Azek, Shoreline Vinyl Systems and Wolf PVC Decking. To learn more about our services, please contact us at (410) 803-9499.