Stairs case for apartment building

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Posted by: from Trenton
3/19/2011 at 9:34:26 PM


just wondering if any one could kindly give me an advise on what is the best option for flooring to put on the stairs case at 3 story apartment building.

thank you


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Date/Time3/24/2011 at 4:34:11 PM

It is not clear whether these still are inside an apartment or for public use to access the apartments on all floors. I will assume they are public stairs used by all residents. I would personally recommend a good quality vinyl. It is easy to maintain, very durable and install. Suggest a 1/4 levelled underlay first and a steel bullnose.

Hope this helps.

Kingsway Construction Inc.

Glenn Rosborough

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Supatra in Trenton
Date/Time3/24/2011 at 6:34:04 PM

Hi Glenn

thank you so much for your advise. and yes, they are public stairs used by all tenants so everyone come through here. are you talking about one bic piece of Vinyl and not the 12"X 12" piece, right ? would this vinyl very slipery in winter time though?



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Date/Time4/2/2011 at 11:42:09 PM

Hi Supatra,

In my experience, the best possible covering for that type of stairwell would be to paint it. They make very durable paint for stairs, and you can choose the colour and the texture(so it is not slippery when it gets wet).

BIll Clawsie

Clawsie Contracting

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Supatra in Trenton
Date/Time4/4/2011 at 8:44:44 PM

Hi Bill

thanks for the suggestion. the floor is wood and it's not that pretty.. what do I do to prep it before paiting it then?

there is also a narrow long cement floor hallway in the basement which lead to the laundry room for the tennats. someone suggests that I shout paint that ara.. but how long will the floor look good until the paint start to chip off though?

I'm considering a VCT tiles for the staris and this hallway. what your thoughts?



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David in Toronto
Date/Time4/5/2011 at 10:01:04 AM

Sand the wood on the stairs and use Sikalastic 180/181. Use SikaFloor 2530w on the bare concrete leading to the laundry room.

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Date/Time4/8/2011 at 1:32:44 AM

Hi Supatra,

Sanding the floor, like David stated, is correct, for the preparation.

I am not up to date on the Sika products as David seems to be, but after looking them up they seem like a good place to start.

Asking questions, like you are doing now is great, as it will get you some options to look into.

The VCT tiles are a great idea. Armstrong makes a line called Safety Zone, which is primarily a slip resistent tile. Just something else to look into.

Let us know how the job goes.

Bill Clawsie

Clawsie Contracting

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