Redoing Stairs with Laminate

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Posted by: from Calgary
3/14/2013 at 2:25:14 PM

I plan to do the laminate installation on my stairs myself, however there is a portion of the staircase that is open to the side. The railings will be replaced as well and will sit on top of the laminate.

I would like to know what is the best way to edge the side of the stair. Do I use the same edge that will go on the front or is there another way of doing this?



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James from Acurite Flooring in Winnipeg
Date/Time3/14/2013 at 3:53:42 PM

Hello Patricia

I'm a professional flooring installer and I have installed laminate to open ended stairs plenty in the past. You are right to install the nosing around perimeter of the step. Also make a return cut at the back of step where it meets the wall.

I don't advise using the track that is usually supplied with nosings for laminate flooring. Stairs are a heavy traffic spot and require using PL premium. I would also advise gluing the laminate down as well, don't just click the laminate together on the tread, glue it down, same with the riser.

Having floating stairs is never a good idea. I've seen people use rubber or metal nosing as well, however it doesn't provide the wood look you are probably looking for.

James Amero

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James from Coey Stairs in Milton
Date/Time3/14/2013 at 7:09:18 PM

Laminant flooring should never be used on stairs as the trim for the edge is a trip hazard. Home depot sells wood caps that have no lip on them, they are cheap and safe!

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Robert from Electrilight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time3/14/2013 at 7:59:36 PM

The laminate will not last on the stairs... The scuffing done by your toes going up and heels coming down will eventually rip it apart, especially over the nose of the the flex is not good for the seams.

Seen in happen before, just a friendly POV.

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Patricia in Calgary
Date/Time3/15/2013 at 10:21:12 AM

Point taken on the durability of laminate on stairs that will have high traffic....any suggestions what to put on the stairs seeing that both floors they lead to are laminate.



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Date/Time3/16/2013 at 6:24:15 PM

Hi Patricia,

Stewart here of Sct Floorcoverings,Mississauga.

You can use the same Bullnose piece that you use on the front of the stair. Cut a nice Mitre on the corner.

Best regards.

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Matthew from Matt of All Trades in Kitchener
Date/Time3/17/2013 at 11:50:50 AM


I would agree with simply putting new caps on the stairs. You can purchase the kits at the big box stores. Can be stained or painted to match the colour required and are more durable.

Good luck

Matt Rogers

Matt of All Trades Inc.


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Date/Time3/21/2013 at 7:30:14 PM

I agree with anyone who recommends using the one peice prefab tread caps. These can be cut to length and width, and leave no seams like the laminate will. I have done a few of these jobs, and this is what I have done. Match the stain, and this looks great.

Available for your specific needs are caps with a return already on the ends(cut off the end you don't want) and you can also get new riser faces to match. Other than that, 45 your nosings, PL them, and add a couple of pin nails(cover these with available touch up stick).

Enjoy your new floor and stairs,

Ted, DHI, Beaverton

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Andrew from A-Frame Construction in Angus
Date/Time3/26/2013 at 8:23:04 AM


They do sell stair caps at big box stores, which are a great product.

Laminate on the stairs will not hold up at all, if you take the laminate product you are using you should be able to scan it for a matching stain, the process might be a bit of work but well worth it in the end.

Start from the bottom of your stair applying pl premium to all risers and threads and nail the bottom edge and the top edge of the riser, then repeat for the thread and nail the toe edge and an inside corner of nosing that way all nails are hidden and you dont have to fill them as it doesnt always look the greatest.

As well do remember that you always have one extra rise.

Good luck

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