Our main stair case is carpeted. Underneath is (at best) construction-grade plywood.
We'd like to replace this with wood overlays. Probably maple (to match other floors).
I've found prices for overlay treads between $33 and $100. $30 sounds reasonable. $100 definitely not.
Yet, even at $30, we're looking at at about $350 + shipping in treads.
I did some quick math and figured that with two really nice sheet of 3/4" maple ply, I could easily rip down more than enough treads and then finish the front with a maple half-round (glue and pin). I figured that'd be about $100 in materials total.
Is there any strong reason to not go that route?
Obviously, with the pre cut option, I'd save a little bit in labor. Though I'd still be cutting those to 'fit' the existing stairs properly so maybe it's not that big of a difference.
Any other strong arguments as to not go the DIY plywood + half-round route vs. premade?