How to put laminate on stairs

Written by dario saandvik
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Laminate flooring can be an attractive and inexpensive way to refinish stairs. Stair installations have many joints, so laminate is an advantageous type of finish because it doesn't expand or contract much with heat and humidity. Using laminate, the joints between the stairway pieces can be tighter than with solid hardwood. This makes installing laminate flooring on stairs fairly easy. There are a number of kits available for installing laminate on closed stairways.

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Things you need

  • Laminate flooring stair kit
  • Circular saw
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Quarter round moulding
  • Finishing nails
  • Polythene adhesive

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  1. 1

    Cut all of your laminate and stair nosing (usually included with the laminate stair kit) to the length of your steps with a circular saw.

  2. 2

    Place the riser piece in front of the first stair. Line up the notch on the bottom of the nosing piece with the riser, then mark the position of the nosing piece on top of the first step with a pencil. Remove the riser piece and put a squiggly line of glue across the bottom of the nosing piece and replace it where you marked its position.

  3. 3

    Nail the nosing piece to the floor using finishing nails every six inches in the area that will be overlapped by the flat floor piece.

  4. 4

    Place a squiggly line of glue on the floor piece, (or tread), and slide it into position against the tongue of the nosing piece. The connection of laminate flooring is always tongue-and-groove style, so you will always know that the tongue and groove of the tread faces forward to connect with the tongue and groove of the nosing.

  5. 5

    Place a line of glue on the riser piece, then press it firmly into position beneath the overhanging lip of the nosing, slotting it into the shallow groove that you used to place the nosing in Step 2.

  6. 6

    Cut a piece of quarter round moulding to fit in the corner between the riser and the tread, then secure it with finishing nails.

  7. 7

    Repeat Steps 1-6 for each stair step.

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