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3/8 inch engineered wood for stairs


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02-29-16, 03:39 PM   #1  
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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02-29-16, 04:15 PM   #2  
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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02-29-16, 04:52 PM   #3  
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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02-29-16, 06:43 PM   #4  
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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03-01-16, 02:38 AM   #5  
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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03-01-16, 07:38 AM   #6  
I agree 100% with using solid treads instead of the engineered flooring.
Less work, less materials, easier to install.

 
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03-02-16, 07:23 AM   #7  
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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