How to join stair nose flooring

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How to join stair nose flooring
Join your hardwood flooring to wood stairs in your home. (wood image by Zbigniew Nowak from

Stair nose moulding provides a functional and beautiful way to cover floor ledges, stairs and stair landings. Stair nosing is also a good way to tie a set of stairs into a room with wood flooring. As it is installed, wood flooring fits inside of the stair nose moulding, joining the two together. Because of the way the nosing and the wood flooring fit together you will need to install the stair nose moulding first. Learning how to join stair nose moulding to wood flooring can prove helpful to homeowners without previous wood flooring experience.

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Things you need

  • Hand sander or cement grinder
  • Vacuum
  • Stair nose moulding
  • Mitre saw
  • Construction adhesive
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Wood flooring nails
  • Hammer
  • Nail set
  • Wood flooring
  • Masking tape

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  1. 1

    Check the stair riser to see if it is firmly in place. Because stair nose moulding is designed to fit over the stair riser, the riser needs to be installed first.

  2. 2

    Check the subfloor for large bumps or uneven areas. If the floor is uneven, you will need to sand or grind the area until it is flat. Use a hand sander or a cement grinder to do this.

  3. 3

    Vacuum the subfloor. When you install the stair nose moulding there should be no dirt, dust or debris. Having these things on the stair can interfere with the adhesive that is used to glue the stair nose in place.

  4. 4

    Cut the stair nose moulding to size on a mitre saw.

  5. 5

    Apply a bead of construction adhesive on the back of the stair nose moulding. Make sure the adhesive covers the length of the stair nose. Set the stair nose in place. The stair nose should completely cover the top of the stair riser.

  6. 6

    Pre-drill the holes for the wood flooring nails. Use a drill and drill bit to make the holes. After pre-drilling the holes, hammer the nails in place. Use a nail set to set the nails below the surface of the wood.

  7. 7

    Interlock the wood flooring into the stair nose moulding. Continue installing the flooring as specified by the manufacturer's directions.

  8. 8

    Place a piece of tape over the joint between the stair nose moulding and the wood floor. The tape will help to keep the two boards flush while the construction adhesive under the stair nosing dries. Let the adhesive dry overnight and remove the tape.

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