Risers are the "kick plates" of a stairway. In the past, risers were often painted wood, but in recent times, more and more builders are offering quality stained risers to match the treads. Real wood treads add beauty and durability to your stairway. Unlike carpet, which is often made from man-made materials, treads come from a renewable source. Why not add the beauty of real wood treads and risers to your home?