Installing laminate flooring on stairs

Installing laminate flooring on stairs

Installing laminate flooring on stairs

If you want to make your stairs look more attractive, installing laminate flooring on them is a good idea. This is a cheap way to improve the aspect of your staircase and does not require special care.

Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic product fused together with the help of a process called lamination.

Its interior middle part is composed of fiber board materials and melamine resin. As compared to carpets, laminate flooring for stairs is more long-lasting and looks better.

On the other hand, this type of flooring looks as well as natural floor material, but it is much cheaper. In addition, laminate flooring for stairs comes in a variety of colors.

How to install laminate flooring on stairs

If you plan to install laminate flooring on your stairs, you should know that this is an easy task to accomplish. Usually, this flooring type presents glue backing, thus making its installation simpler.

  1.  The first thing you need to do is to clean all the dirt, dust, adhesives or nails on the stairs where you want to install laminate flooring.
  2. Determine the middle of the uppermost stair using a measuring tape and use a marker to make a visible sign. Repeat this action for the riser of the top stair.
  3.  Remove the adhesive of the laminate flooring and put it on the stair surface. Ensure yourself that the middle of the tile is placed straightly above the marked spot. Make sure the tile is smooth.
  4. Take the other tiles and arrange them, moving towards the left from the middle tile. After that, move to the right part of the middle tile and attach the rest of the tiles.
  5. Do the same for the riser and for the rest of the stairs.
  •  If your staircase does not present a wall on both its sides, ask the help of a carpenter to help you; otherwise, the result will not have a professional look.
  • Use glue to install your laminate flooring because it is safer than using foam as a foundation layer.
  • Begin installing laminate flooring from the top of the stairs to the bottom in order to avoid walking on them.
  • If you want to use nails instead of glue to install your laminate flooring use an automatic nailer, but first,  make sure that the manufacturer recommend their use, otherwise you may damage the flooring.
  • Make sure that the color of the laminate flooring fits well with the railing.

 How to maintain laminate flooring

Laminate flooring does not require special maintenance, but there are a few things you can do to avoid damaging it. You should know that the laminate flooring is protected by a melamine resin layer. If you damage it, will also affect the print layer and it is not very easy to repair it. In order to avoid any unpleasant situation, clean your laminate flooring with a combination of warm water and white vinegar; dry the surface with a clean cloth. Do not use aggressive cleaners or detergents that contain a large amount of soap because they will damage the protection layer from your flooring. At the same time, avoid using scouring pads made of steel wool to clean the laminate flooring. Never let any water excess on the floor; remove it as soon as possible with a dry towel. If there are any persistent stains on the laminate flooring, clean them with some nail polish remover. In addition, do not sand, polish, wax or seal the floor. Use furniture glides to move large and heavy objects to avoid scratching you newly installed flooring.

Laminate flooring is the best choice if you want to change completely the aspect of your stairs. Besides the fact that it looks as well as other expensive flooring options, it requires low maintenance and it is durable.

Installing Laminate Flooring On Stairs

Installing laminate flooring on stairs requires more attention be paid to details. Every piece of the stair needs to be cut precisely to achieve the best looking flight of stairs. The stairs consist of three basic parts. The tread ( where you step ), the riser ( the vertical rise ) and the stair nose which is the edging on the front of each stair.

When installing laminate on stairs in most cases the stair nose over laps the laminate and this makes the stair nose raised up about 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch. Consider who lives in the home such as small children or elderly folks. This may be a potential tripping hazard.

The process for installing laminate flooring on stairs consists of four basic steps (no pun intended).

1. Preparing the stairs

2. Cutting the over hang off or building the stair out

3. Cutting the individual parts

4. Gluing and nailing the treads, risers and stair noses on

Preparing the stairs

Most likely there will be carpet on the stairs that will need to be removed. The best way to do this is with a pair of pliers. Just grab the carpet with the pliers at the top of the stairs and pull work from the top down until all is removed. Ware gloves when doing this, the staples and tack strip are very sharp.

Next pull the padding off the stairs, most often its stapled down also. Remove any tack strip with a pry bar and a hammer.

Next remove any staples, pulling each one out can be time consuming. A 4 inch scraper (not a putty knife) with a dull blade works good for this. Pound down any nails sticking up. If there are any squeaks in your stairs now is a good time to put some screws in to tighten them up, three inch drywall screws work good for this.

Use the scraper to scrap any paint over spray or clumps of drywall mud off each stair. This will enable the glue to bond to the stairs.

Cutting the over hang off or building the stair out

Some stairs may have an over hang that may need to be cut off. Or you can fill the space underneath with wood, so the top of the stair is a square edge. To cut the over hang off you will need to measure under each end and transfer this measurement to the top on each side. Draw a line across the top of the stair and cut with a circular saw or a saw zaw. You will not be able to always cut all the way to the ends. In this case it can be broke off and chisel any excess wood.

Cutting the individual parts

I found the easiest method to install laminate flooring on stairs is to cut all the parts first and then glue and nail them after wards.

Start by cutting the first riser at the bottom. First cut the width to fit in the opening. The adjoining walls on either side may not be square, so you may need to cut them at a slight angle to avoid gaps.

After you get the riser cut to the correct width you will need to cut the top of the riser to be flush with the tread. Set the riser in place and scribe a line from behind to follow the tread. This can be cut on a table saw. After you cut this set the riser in place and check that it is flush with the tread.

The stair nose will rest on the riser and the tread. Cutting the riser flush will ensure that the stair nose sets level when installed.

As you proceed up the staircase, you will need to cut a riser and then a tread as the risers will need to rest on the treads in order to cut the risers flush with the top of the stair. The installed riser is going to rest on the tread below.

Cutting the treads are pretty much the same as cutting the risers, as far as cutting the sides to make a tight fit. The laminate will be glued so you do not need any expansion gap. You will need to cut the front of the laminate tread so the stair nose over hangs the riser and also over laps the laminate tread. Use a small piece of stair nose as a guide to know where to cut your treads. As you cut each riser and tread number each one for the corresponding stair.

After you have all the risers and treads cut you can either cut the stair noses at this point or install the risers and treads first then cut the stair noses. I prefer to cut the stair noses after I install the treads and risers.

Cutting the stair nose is just a matter of cutting the ends to the correct angle if any.

Gluing and nailing the treads, risers and stair noses on

Use construction adhesive to glue the risers and stair nose on. You can also use it to glue the treads on but I prefer to use a wood adhesive to cover the whole tread. Start at the bottom and apply the construction adhesive to the back of the #1 riser. Next set in place and with a nail gun nail it at the very top 3 across ( I use 15 gauge 2 inch nails). The stair nose will cover these nails at the top. Put 3 more nails across about 3/4 of the way down. These nail holes will be filled in with a matching putty or caulking. Always double check your stair noses to make sure they sit level ( front to back).

Apply the glue or construction adhesive to the next tread up, stop the glue about 2 inches from the front of the stair. This is where the stair nose will be attached. Set the tread into the glue and check the front edge with the small piece of stair nose to make sure it over hangs the riser and covers the edge of the tread. If satisfied nail in the very front where the stair nose will over lap the nails about 4 across ( I use 18 gauge 2 inch nails here). Also nail along the back as close to the riser as possible. The next riser will be installed on top of the riser covering these nails.

With the stair nose cut to the proper size, apply construction adhesive along the 2 inch space on the edge of the stair and the top of the installed riser. Be generous with this glue, you want the stair nose to be glued very good here. Set the stair nose in place and shoot four 2 inch nails in the center of the stair nose. One on each end about 2 inches in and 2 evenly spaced between the ends. Fill any nail holes with putty or caulking.

Installing laminate flooring on stairs

Continue up the stair case. after you have all the stairs glued and nailed try not to use the stairs any more then you need to. The glue will be set up good in about 24 hours.

Take your time and you will have a beautiful looking stair case.

About the Author:

For additional information on installing laminate flooring on stairs visit-

www.laminate-flooring-installed.com/installing-laminate-flooring-on-stairs.html

Installing Laminate Flooring On Stairs

Installing laminate flooring on stairs requires more attention be paid to details. Every piece of the stair needs to be cut precisely to achieve the best looking flight of stairs. The stairs consist of three basic parts. The tread ( where you step ), the riser ( the vertical rise ) and the stair nose which is the edging on the front of each stair.

When installing laminate on stairs in most cases the stair nose over laps the laminate and this makes the stair nose raised up about 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch. Consider who lives in the home such as small children or elderly folks. This may be a potential tripping hazard.

The process for installing laminate flooring on stairs consists of four basic steps (no pun intended).

1. Preparing the stairs

2. Cutting the over hang off or building the stair out

3. Cutting the individual parts

4. Gluing and nailing the treads, risers and stair noses on

Preparing the stairs

Most likely there will be carpet on the stairs that will need to be removed. The best way to do this is with a pair of pliers. Just grab the carpet with the pliers at the top of the stairs and pull work from the top down until all is removed. Ware gloves when doing this, the staples and tack strip are very sharp.

Next pull the padding off the stairs, most often its stapled down also. Remove any tack strip with a pry bar and a hammer.

Next remove any staples, pulling each one out can be time consuming. A 4 inch scraper (not a putty knife) with a dull blade works good for this. Pound down any nails sticking up. If there are any squeaks in your stairs now is a good time to put some screws in to tighten them up, three inch drywall screws work good for this.

Use the scraper to scrap any paint over spray or clumps of drywall mud off each stair. This will enable the glue to bond to the stairs.

Cutting the over hang off or building the stair out

Some stairs may have an over hang that may need to be cut off. Or you can fill the space underneath with wood, so the top of the stair is a square edge. To cut the over hang off you will need to measure under each end and transfer this measurement to the top on each side. Draw a line across the top of the stair and cut with a circular saw or a saw zaw. You will not be able to always cut all the way to the ends. In this case it can be broke off and chisel any excess wood.

Cutting the individual parts

I found the easiest method to install laminate flooring on stairs is to cut all the parts first and then glue and nail them after wards.

Start by cutting the first riser at the bottom. First cut the width to fit in the opening. The adjoining walls on either side may not be square, so you may need to cut them at a slight angle to avoid gaps.

After you get the riser cut to the correct width you will need to cut the top of the riser to be flush with the tread. Set the riser in place and scribe a line from behind to follow the tread. This can be cut on a table saw. After you cut this set the riser in place and check that it is flush with the tread.

The stair nose will rest on the riser and the tread. Cutting the riser flush will ensure that the stair nose sets level when installed.

As you proceed up the staircase, you will need to cut a riser and then a tread as the risers will need to rest on the treads in order to cut the risers flush with the top of the stair. The installed riser is going to rest on the tread below.

Cutting the treads are pretty much the same as cutting the risers, as far as cutting the sides to make a tight fit. The laminate will be glued so you do not need any expansion gap. You will need to cut the front of the laminate tread so the stair nose over hangs the riser and also over laps the laminate tread. Use a small piece of stair nose as a guide to know where to cut your treads. As you cut each riser and tread number each one for the corresponding stair.

After you have all the risers and treads cut you can either cut the stair noses at this point or install the risers and treads first then cut the stair noses. I prefer to cut the stair noses after I install the treads and risers.

Cutting the stair nose is just a matter of cutting the ends to the correct angle if any.

Gluing and nailing the treads, risers and stair noses on

Use construction adhesive to glue the risers and stair nose on. You can also use it to glue the treads on but I prefer to use a wood adhesive to cover the whole tread. Start at the bottom and apply the construction adhesive to the back of the #1 riser. Next set in place and with a nail gun nail it at the very top 3 across ( I use 15 gauge 2 inch nails). The stair nose will cover these nails at the top. Put 3 more nails across about 3/4 of the way down. These nail holes will be filled in with a matching putty or caulking. Always double check your stair noses to make sure they sit level ( front to back).

Apply the glue or construction adhesive to the next tread up, stop the glue about 2 inches from the front of the stair. This is where the stair nose will be attached. Set the tread into the glue and check the front edge with the small piece of stair nose to make sure it over hangs the riser and covers the edge of the tread. If satisfied nail in the very front where the stair nose will over lap the nails about 4 across ( I use 18 gauge 2 inch nails here). Also nail along the back as close to the riser as possible. The next riser will be installed on top of the riser covering these nails.

With the stair nose cut to the proper size, apply construction adhesive along the 2 inch space on the edge of the stair and the top of the installed riser. Be generous with this glue, you want the stair nose to be glued very good here. Set the stair nose in place and shoot four 2 inch nails in the center of the stair nose. One on each end about 2 inches in and 2 evenly spaced between the ends. Fill any nail holes with putty or caulking.

Continue up the stair case. after you have all the stairs glued and nailed try not to use the stairs any more then you need to. The glue will be set up good in about 24 hours.

Take your time and you will have a beautiful looking stair case.

About the Author:

For additional information on installing laminate flooring on stairs visit-

www.laminate-flooring-installed.com/installing-laminate-flooring-on-stairs.html


Leave a Reply