3/8 inch engineered wood for stairs

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Old 02-29-16, 04:39 PM
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3/8 inch engineered wood for stairs

I'm having my floor done with 3 inch 3/8 thick engineered wood (glue down).

can anyone advise if it's a good idea to use the same plans for stairs? I prefer matching color. but 3/8 seems pretty thin for stair steps.
 
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Old 02-29-16, 05:15 PM
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You will have to deal with the nosing, so if the manufacturer of your flooring makes nosing, you can possibly get away with the 3/8". I prefer to use real stair treads stained to match the existing flooring as closely as possible.
 
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3/8" is just a veneer for the steps, the nosing needs to be substantial enough to mimic traditional tread thickness.
 
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thank you both for replying. yes, they do make stair nose. I got a quote for stair nose. I was thinking even with stair nose (just 3/8 thick), if it's strong enough for traffic (will it break when stepping on the nose).
 
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I agree with using real [solid] treads! It shouldn't be difficult to stain/finish them to match the engineer flooring. If you stain and apply 2 coats of poly prior to installation the staircase will only be out of use for 1 drying period.
 
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I agree 100% with using solid treads instead of the engineered flooring.
Less work, less materials, easier to install.
 
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Old 03-02-16, 08:23 AM
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thank you for all the advice.
if I order stair treads for 3/4 inch, how thick should the risers be?
additionally, the last step on the second floor where it meets carpet, I don't want 3/4 think to get uneven level.

it seems to be me that I need to order two types of planks?
 
 

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