I currently have white metal railings and want to replace them with oak. I have carpeted stairs and will eventually tear them out and replace with hardwood but I want to know the cost to replace the railings only for now.
You are better off replacing the treads and railing at the same time. If you do the railing now, you'll have to dismantle (potentially destroy) the railing when you go to do the treads. Also the price for the railing is dependent on style, construction, material, and size. You should pull back the carpet and see how the new railing could be affixed. Depends on it being a closed or open stringer.
Best to have a carpenter look at the stairs before you get a price.
I agree with what some of the previous posters are saying but not everything. I agree with Pat you should do your stairs and railing at the same time. You will get a break on price from your contractor and you will have one person taking care of a complete project. He wont cater to his job only leaving you paying the stair guy more money to take care of any thing the railing guy didn't care about because it wasn't part of his deal.
I feel James prices are more realistic at $70 per linear foot, but you can install pickets as your railings are not over carpet and even if they were you dont have to run the pickets right to the ground, you can have a bottom rail thats raised.
I am wondering if the reason your going to oak is to go with a stain grade rather than paint. if thats the case you will have to strip the paint or replace the stair trim. Any ways the cost to go to oak from what I can see from your pic is 5 newel posts times $150 -200=$750+plus a 1/2 newel, 40 - 50 balists(pickets) x 7.00 a balist = $350, hand rail about $10 a foot. With labour yourt looking at a minimum of $2000 not including the staining. Anything less and your not dealing with a pro......
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