Hello again to all the handy creators out there! Today we will talk about installing Laminate Floors on Stairs. And then we’ll go do it together.
Now, let me begin with the pros and cons, because some of my customers are always concerned about going with Hard Surfaces on the Stairs vs keeping the Carpet.
Advantages of Laminate over Carpet:
-Stair Cases are High Traffic Areas, and most Carpets cannot withstand all that constant wear and tear beyond just a handful of years. Laminate is designed and built to last for many decades.
-Cost Effective: if you have to replace, steam-clean and repair the Carpet constantly, it will end up costing you a lot of money down the road. Good Quality Laminate Flooring does not require any of that hustle and waste for its lifetime of 25+ years.
-Very Low Maintenance: mostly sweeping or vacuuming, and mopping with inexpensive floor cleaner.
-Looks Great, Clean and Fresh. Always!
Disadvantages of Laminate over Carpet:
The only disadvantage I can think of, when it comes to Laminate Floors on Stairs, is that it can be painful to slip and fall. I just walk so I don’t fall. And that’s all.
Doing Hard Surfaces, such as Laminate, Rigid Core or Hardwood on Stairs is not easy. It’s not that hard either, if you’re handy enough and know what you’re doing, so do make sure you watch the entire Video below. Fast-forward thru some stuff, if you want, but watch till the end, because that’s where I show you how You Do It without any nail holes and ugly gaps.
I can do a standard Staircase in 1 long day, if I feel like it, but do consider that I have all the proper tools and almost 20 years of experience, so do allow 2-3 days for the project. That is, if you watch the Video; otherwise it could take you much longer and the results would not be the same, because you’ve yet to learn how to find out the angles the right way… You see, using a Speed-Square or a Framing Square is not going to do you any good, because most Stairs are Not straight- they are Bowed toward the Middle Stringer, which Always results in Inaccurate Readings and ugly gaps at the walls.
Ready? Alright, then let’s quit with all the chatter so I can show you how YouDoIt!
Tools you need: Table saw. Tapping block. Rubber Mallet. Compressor & Finish Nail Gun.
Supplies you need: Laminate Flooring and Stair Noses from FloorGO. 18 Ga Trim Nails. Liquid Nails Subfloor & Deck Adhesive. Masking Tape.
P.S. You can substitute table saw with jigsaw if you’re on the budget or doing just a small project. Or go completely old-school and use hand-bangers and a good ol hammer! You Do It!
This is a Tapping Block you need for this job. $30 at my local supply shop…
This is my favorite table saw and it is a cool $100 less than at homedepo!
This is my favorite pull bar and I paid 50 bucks for it at a local flooring supply store…
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