Stairs-MiamiFort LauderdaleWest Palm Beach- LaminateUnderlayment

Stairs-MiamiFort LauderdaleWest Palm Beach- LaminateUnderlayment

Stair Nose

The Stair nose is not mandatory. The stair nose will be installed at the top of the riser where it meets the tread

Before Building Laminate Stairs

Measuring Stairs

Typical stair treads are about 36 inches wide by about 10 to 12 inches deep. This tread will take 3 sq/ft. If you install the flooring on the riser measure it the same as the tread.So figure 3 sq/ft for the riser also, which will be 6 sq/ft per stair. If you have 14 stairs 14 X 6 = 84 sq/ft. Add from 10% to 15% in case of mistakes.

Tools needed

Other Preparation

Scrape Floors

Using a small scraper, remove the staples. Remove padding-After taking the carpet off, the padding is usually stapled down. Simply tear off pad and take all the staples out. Use a small scraper. The stairs can end up having a lot of over spray and paint on them during construction. This needs to be scraped off also in order to glue the laminate flooring to them. Bang any nails flush if sticking up.Use a pry bar and hammer to remove the tack strip.

High spots

Unfinished stair treads are usually made of either 2 X 10’s or 2 X 12’s or plywood. The thicker 2 inch boards can twist or warp. Inspect each tread for unevenness because when installing laminate or hardwood on stairs the stairs need to be as flat as possible, so the installed flooring will sit flat on the stair. After the stairs are cleaned off, check for any areas that might be sticking up. If the wood is splintered or uneven use a wood chisel.

Creaky stairs- You probably know which stairs make the creaking sound. Now is the time to fix this. Check for loose or squeaky treads. Check the risers also. If needed put some screws in these areas. Make sure the screws are long enough to get a good hold, and not sticking up.

Cutting Stair nose Overhang Off

(Some plywood stairs do not have an overhang. In this case you don’t have to worry about doing this.)

Measuring the over hang on the stair. Measure the width of the over hang on the stair. Measure at both ends in case of a difference. Mark where to cut using that measurement. You can use a few different tools to cut the actual stair nose

jig saw

router

Filling in the Overhang Space

If filling you simply take the empty space dimensions and find the appropriate pieces of wood to fill it with. You can adhere the pieces with glue, nails, or screws.

Cutting Laminate Stair Treads

Use a piece of scrap laminate wood on top of the stair tread and measure the angles on both sides. Match the angle where the tread meets the wall and cut the board with a miter saw. Remember, measure once cut twice.

Cutting Laminate Risers

It is a good practice to see how the pieces of wood look «dry fitted» just to make sure everything is accurately cut. There are two methods of installing the actual stairs, from top to bottom and bottom to top. This is the bottom to top method:

Place the first riser flush against the stairs, on solid flooring, like concrete or tile. Do not place the riser on carpet.

«Scribe» the staircase using a pencil flat against the floor to draw a contour along the riser that will allow no gaps

Simply Cut and Place, you can also use a quarter round to hide the gap. you are only fitting the risers, you won’t actually install them until the treads are in place

Fit Stair Nose to Stairs

You will need to carefully measure the stair nose to fit the width of your stairs, after cutting, you may need to shave risers to adjust the height.

Installing Laminate Wood Treads

You will install each tread after and afterwards the risers will be attached.Use a wood glue to adhere the planks down to the ground. Do no put the glue around the edges of the stairs as you lay them down.Use a nail gun to nail the treads in place along the back of the stair where the riser will cover them.

Installing Laminate Wood Risers

Stair Nose

The Stair nose is not mandatory. The stair nose will be installed at the top of the riser where it meets the tread

Before Building Laminate Stairs

Measuring Stairs

Typical stair treads are about 36 inches wide by about 10 to 12 inches deep. This tread will take 3 sq/ft. If you install the flooring on the riser measure it the same as the tread.So figure 3 sq/ft for the riser also, which will be 6 sq/ft per stair. If you have 14 stairs 14 X 6 = 84 sq/ft. Add from 10% to 15% in case of mistakes.

Tools needed

Other Preparation

Scrape Floors

Using a small scraper, remove the staples. Remove padding-After taking the carpet off, the padding is usually stapled down. Simply tear off pad and take all the staples out. Use a small scraper. The stairs can end up having a lot of over spray and paint on them during construction. This needs to be scraped off also in order to glue the laminate flooring to them. Bang any nails flush if sticking up.Use a pry bar and hammer to remove the tack strip.

High spots

Unfinished stair treads are usually made of either 2 X 10’s or 2 X 12’s or plywood. The thicker 2 inch boards can twist or warp. Inspect each tread for unevenness because when installing laminate or hardwood on stairs the stairs need to be as flat as possible, so the installed flooring will sit flat on the stair. After the stairs are cleaned off, check for any areas that might be sticking up. If the wood is splintered or uneven use a wood chisel.

Creaky stairs- You probably know which stairs make the creaking sound. Now is the time to fix this. Check for loose or squeaky treads. Check the risers also. If needed put some screws in these areas. Make sure the screws are long enough to get a good hold, and not sticking up.

Cutting Stair nose Overhang Off

(Some plywood stairs do not have an overhang. In this case you don’t have to worry about doing this.)

Measuring the over hang on the stair. Measure the width of the over hang on the stair. Measure at both ends in case of a difference. Mark where to cut using that measurement. You can use a few different tools to cut the actual stair nose

jig saw

router

Filling in the Overhang Space

If filling you simply take the empty space dimensions and find the appropriate pieces of wood to fill it with. You can adhere the pieces with glue, nails, or screws.

Cutting Laminate Stair Treads

Use a piece of scrap laminate wood on top of the stair tread and measure the angles on both sides. Match the angle where the tread meets the wall and cut the board with a miter saw. Remember, measure once cut twice.

Cutting Laminate Risers

It is a good practice to see how the pieces of wood look «dry fitted» just to make sure everything is accurately cut. There are two methods of installing the actual stairs, from top to bottom and bottom to top. This is the bottom to top method:

Place the first riser flush against the stairs, on solid flooring, like concrete or tile. Do not place the riser on carpet.

«Scribe» the staircase using a pencil flat against the floor to draw a contour along the riser that will allow no gaps

Simply Cut and Place, you can also use a quarter round to hide the gap. you are only fitting the risers, you won’t actually install them until the treads are in place

Fit Stair Nose to Stairs

You will need to carefully measure the stair nose to fit the width of your stairs, after cutting, you may need to shave risers to adjust the height.

Installing Laminate Wood Treads

You will install each tread after and afterwards the risers will be attached.Use a wood glue to adhere the planks down to the ground. Do no put the glue around the edges of the stairs as you lay them down.Use a nail gun to nail the treads in place along the back of the stair where the riser will cover them.

Installing Laminate Wood Risers


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