I laid vinyl plan floor in my basement and ideally would like to extend that floor to the stairs.
My stairs have a 1 inch thick slightly rounder bullnose and are about 36" in width.
I am aware there are a few place that make custom nosing out of supplied planks but what I don't like about it is that they all come with a wooden strip insert with plank wrapped around it. That requires cutting off the existing bull nose which to me doesn't sound very structurally sound because everyone typically steps on the nose when they go down the stairs.
I was able to shape a scrap piece of vinyl plank around a 1 inch template piece of wood with a heat gun. It fit over the bull nose just fine. When set with glue I feel like it offers a much better structural strength than cutting off the bull nose.
Couple of questions:
1. Does my approach look sound in principle? Does having a vinyl plank shaped to slide over the nose and glued provide better structural strength than cutting bull nose off the stair and glueing customer nosing with a wooden insert?
2. Can anyone recommend a mechanism for holding a 36" plan in place to run a heat gun and shape it around a 1 inch template board? Something that won't make the plank shift and doesn't take long to secure. (e.g. how do people who make custom nosing for a living do it?)
3. Perhaps any other suggestions since I am sure I haven't considered other options.
You could use Schluter mouldings meant for vinyl plank installation. There are specific ones that work well on stairway treads and available in different color sheens.
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